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Smith defends title in P.G. Iceman
Mike Smith won his second consecutive Prince George Iceman overall title.
The 2012 solo winner was ahead of the class again this year. He posted a time of one hour, 52 minutes and 20 seconds (1:52:20) on Sunday.
Runner-up Peter Krause clocked in at 1:52:53, while Michael Buchanan finished third with a time of 1:53:02. Smith ran in the open men’s division, while Krause and Buchanan competed in the masters male category.
The multi-endurance course began with an eight-kilometre ski at the Otway Nordic Centre, followed by a 10 km run from the Otway facility to the Outdoor Ice Oval, where participants skated 12 laps (approximately 5 kilometres) around the track. After another run through the Pinewood subdivision, competitors ended up at the Aquatic Centre for the final leg, a swim of approximately 800 metres.
Jacqui Benson won the overall female title, her first time topping the field of women. Her time of 1:57:53 was 37 seconds faster than female runner-up Shar Balogh. Benson and Balogh, open female competitors, were also seventh and eighth overall.
Three other soloists crossed the finish line before Benson: open male competitors Stefan Widmer (1:53:08), Ian Picketts (1:57:10) and Patrick Turner (1:57:26).
Other winners in individual divisions, with overall placements and times in parentheses, were: Richard Harrison - veteran men (10th, 1:59:49); Carolyn Bax - masters women (13th, 2:05:57); Joanne Morgan - veteran women (35th, 2:24:58).
Fifty-nine soloists completed the course.
In the relay category, The Young & Younger had the fastest time among 82 teams to complete the course, clocking in at 1:39:20. Runner-up Three Shades of Grey had a time of 1:40:52. The Young & Younger was an open mixed team, while Three Shades of Grey entered the relay open male division.
Other team winners were: A King and Four Aces - veteran mixed (ninth, 2:03:26); V02 Maxed Out - masters women (11th, 2:05:00); City Slickers - masters mixed (12th, 2:05:14); Two Old to Know Better - veteran men (13th, 2:05:58); Asian Sensation & Caucasian Persuasion - open women (27th, 2:16:02); Old Girls Who Rock - veteran women (52nd, 2:28:56); Team SPS - masters men (59th, 2:35:59).
Sunday marked the 26th annual Iceman. The event included a junior team category, and representation from Special Olympics Prince George and the Down Syndrome Association.