We survived another Powder Keg. March 12 marked the 9th Annual Wasatch Powder Keg and our third Powder Keg as race directors. Each year certain aspects of being a race director get easier and new surprises arise. We are lucky to have a fantastic host resort (Brighton) as well as close to 50 dedicated volunteers who show up at Brighton at 5:30 AM and spend up to 5 hours out on the mountain. This year marked the largest race to date with 141 registered racers. I believe this makes the Powder Keg the largest ski mountaineering race in the US as well as the second oldest race. Even more exciting was the exceptional talent at this years race. We had some extremely fast people from Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, California and Colorado race. It was exciting to get the check point reports at the fast times racers were coming through. We had a busy finish line area this year with multiple sponsors, 3 groups promoting avalanche education and safety equipment, and a avalanche beacon search park. We were excited to have so much going on as it helps make the Powder Keg an event rather than just a race. Also exciting was the number of spectators. Previous years have seen only a few spectators, but this year the finish area was full of people. We hope that the popularity of this will bring more people out next year.
Race results are posted on the Powder Keg website. Here are our overall division winners:
|Men’s AT Race||Luke Nelson||2:06:45|
|Women’s AT Race||Michela Adiran||2:56:02|
|Men’s Tele Race||Christopher Pond||2:47:30|
|Women’s Tele Race||Sarah Jackson||3:10:06|
|Men’s AT Rec||Nicholas Francis||1:50:13|
|Women’s AT Rec||Anne Perry||1:59:41|
|Men’s Tele Rec||Daichi Ito||2:01:40|
|Women’s Tele Rec||Anna Knudsen||2:43:20|
|Men’s Splitboard Rec||Tom Bender||1:52:33|
|Women’s Splitboard Rec||Melissa Axen||2:45:03|
Thanks to all of our volunteers and sponsors and congratulations to all of our racers.