Jewett jets to finish

KEVIN DUNCAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 6:49 AM ET

CANMORE -- In the final stretch, nobody could catch Gord Jewett.

Jewett won the 30-km free mass start at the 11th annual Rocky Mountain Ski Challenge at the Canmore Nordic centre Sunday. The INDI 2010 team member completed the course in one hour six minutes and 18 seconds.

After sticking with the pack for 25 km, Jewett pulled away and eventually built a lead of more than a minute over the second-place finisher David Zylberberg.

Shane Stevens finished the course in third place with a time of 1:07.52.

Jewett races on the Nor-Am Cup circuit and the 10-year resident of Canmore said he was using the Rocky Mountain Ski Challenge as preparation for the upcoming Canadian Championships.

"I struggled mid-winter so I'm trying to get my form back so this race was a good test for form," said Jewett. "There was solid competition from strong skiers."

The 29-year-old has been a nine-time Canadian Champion and is one of Canada's most experienced skiers, having been a member of five world championship teams and earning 16 Canadian championship medals.

Banff Ski Runners member Maggi Scallion won the women's 30-km mass start, finishing the course in a time of 1:19.24.Scallion was followed by Ulrike Martin and Tara Ross.

"The course was better than I expected it to be so you have to give credit to the Nordic Centre," Scallion said. "It was hard and fast right up until the end."

In the men's 30-km free mass start for racers aged 45 and over, Rich Pettit took home top spot followed by Lyle Kuchmak and Gary Martin. Nancy burden, Christy Kelley and Val Thompson finished first through third in the 30-km free mass start for women in the same category.

Other winners from the weekend in their respective age and race categories included: Erik Carleton, Dasha Gaiazova, Kevin McBeth, Sharon Chesham, George Reed, Megan Orvig, Molly Jane Strum, Reed Godfrey, Joelle Sevigny, Marc Dupuis, Steffi Holland, Nico Bohning Hunter, Marika Cockney and Christian Gow.

Sunday's event was also the last of the Bow Corridor Regional Race (BCRR) series for the season. The BCRR includes four cross-country race events between late-December and February.


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