Mike Wynn was so confident heading into today’s Cookie Clash at Dewey Mountain, that he left the Peru National Championship Shield bolted to his Garage “… if they want it, they’ll have to pry it from my cold dead hands,… except they won’t be able to catch me!” Wynn dominated the race today, leading at the start and adding almost 40 seconds advantage over the field with each successive lap. Wynn led a podium sweep in the men’s race for Peru Nordic, outpacing Jan Wellford and Chris Rose. Peru Nordic’s Janet Findlay won the women’s race handily over Adirondack Vauhti’s Emily Cromie. Saranac Lake’s Jacob Alberge won the Boys’ 5 km race. Many cookies were eaten and most importantly, many dollars were donated to the Dewey Mountain Recreation Center and to the Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation.
The Peru Nordic Masters had a stacked team and captured the severed head of Medusa the Gorgon, emblematic of Cookie Clash Supremacy. Peru had a number of racers put in strong performances on the day. Steve Bailey, barely recovered from the Great Sacandaga Mini-Marathon, came in 7th overall, just ahead of Peter Minde. Brian White flew in from Honolulu just to compete in this race and captured a top-10 finish. New recruit, Rick Gorton, hadn’t skied in 15 years but blasted into 12th place. And, Peru Nordic’s resident luge specialist, Tappy Taptick, learned how to skate ski just minutes before the start of the race. He hammered the first lap, before switching back over to his trusted no-wax classic skis.
The race was a fund-raiser for both Dewey and the CFLF, and although the race may be over, you can still donate to both of these great causes.