Chapman Zander shines at Arapahoe Basin ski mountaineering race series


Local athlete and coach Kate Chapman Zander led a group of several Summit residents who shone in this season’s Rise and Shine Rando virtual ski mountaineering series at the Arapahoe Basin ski area.

To comply with event rules, individual skiers logged into the Strava app and recorded their times while being tracked on the course. Skiers had four days to complete each route of the four races, with two each in January and February.

In the Jan. 12-15 race which featured two top-down laps – 3,240 vertical feet of elevation gain and 6.25 miles in total – the top male skiers in the 36-athlete race were Jason Killgore (59 minutes and 35 seconds), Brent Herring (1:04:13) and Mark Koob (1:08:00). In the women’s nine-man race, the podiums were Kate Chapman Zander (1:18:57), Katherine Siegerst (1:40:12) and Team Summit skier Delilah Staberg (1:41:46).



From January 26 to 29, the course lasted two laps up and down the ski area, including 2,700 feet of elevation gain. Killgore was again the fastest skier in the 26-athlete men’s race (55:42), ahead of Ross Herr (1:00:23) and Koltin Hammer (1:02:34). Jill Seager won the women’s race in 1:04:24, edging out Chapman Zander (1:13:52) and Team Summit skier Olivia Lyman (1:33:47).

In the two-lap, 4.1-mile, 2,200-foot vertical race featuring 21 skiers from February 9-12, Ram Mikulas won the men’s 21-athlete race at 51:53, with Jay Meservy finishing second at 51: 54 and Marteau in third at 52:18. In the women’s seven-man race, Rea Kolbl won in 57:44, ahead of Traci O’Brien (1:15:11) and Kelly Lyman (1:20:52).



And in the two-lap 6.7-mile race with 3,400 feet of vertical drop from February 23-26, Meservy won the men’s 10-athlete race in 1:24:31, followed by Ross Serven (1:25:22 ) and Liam McDonnell (1:33:05). Chapman Zander won the women’s five skiers race in 1:25:09, ahead of Tracy O’Brien (1:47:43) and Carolyn McShea (2:11:00).

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