By Andi Bourne

Competition and fun at annual Skiesta


January 23, 2020

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

The seven racers in the 5K take off from the start. Front (L-R): Ella Batchelder, Eric Lorentz, Cora Stone, Will Batchelder and Georgia Moore. Back (L-R): Greysen Thompson and Sam Ayers

SEELEY LAKE – The Seeley Lake Nordic trails were groomed and ready for the annual Skiesta Jan. 18. With the sun shining and temperatures in the mid-20s, 61 skiers from ages 73 down to age 5 took to the groomed trails participating in the 1K, 3K, 5K, 10K and 20K races.

Ben Scott of Libby, Mont. won the men's 20K in 56:10.07. Lindsey Bengtson of West Glacier, Mont. won the women's 20K with a time of 1:00:33.42.

Ovando's Tim Swanberg and his daughter Madeline swept third place for the men and women's 20K finishing in a time of 58:50.68 and 1:07:07.36. Tim improved by nearly 18 minutes and...

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