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Mar 3, 2019
Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds North America’s Toughest 10K is a Huge Success

During its 23-year history, Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Cloudshas grown to become one of New Hampshire’s most iconic winter sporting events. First held in 1997 as Ski to the Clouds, the race quickly became regarded as North America’s Toughest 10K—due primarily to the fact that the final 6 kilometers climbs over 2,200 vertical feet up the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds North America’s Toughest 10K is a Huge Success

Pinkham Notch, NH—During its 23-year history, Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Cloudshas grown to become one of New Hampshire’s most iconic winter sporting events. First held in 1997 as Ski to the Clouds, the race quickly became regarded as North America’s Toughest 10K—due primarily to the fact that the final 6 kilometers climbs over 2,200 vertical feet up the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

In recent years, the race organizers at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center have added separate snowshoe and fatbike categories to the race, which have proven to both increase the number of racers in the field, as well as the unique character of the race. For 2019, the event grew to a record 184 registered racers—23 Nordic skiers, 69 snowshoers, and 91 fatbikers—and today Mother Nature blessed them with beautiful snow conditions, sunny skies, and unusually calm winds.

As the clock struck 10:00 AM, Great Glen’s signature cannon boomed to signal the mass start of the Nordic skiers—and again 5 minutes later for the snowshoers, and finally 5 minutes after that for the fatbikers. The first four kilometers of the course winds through Great Glen Trails, before starting its steep ascent up the 
Mt. Washington Auto Road. At that point the racers have just one final hill to climb—but for many, it will be one of the most physically demanding climbs of their lives.
Whether on skis, snowshoes or fatbikes, this year’s race lived up to its reputation, testing the athletes as only Mount Washington can. The fastest time was posted by veteran racer Logan Kasper, with a blazing time of just 50 minutes 36 seconds, winning the men’s Fatbike division for the second straight year. Logan was closely followed by Nordic skier Silas Eastman (52:15), and fellow fatbiker Eric Follen (53:54). Kudos to all the racers who battled the Mountain and finished, but particularly to the winners of each division:
 
Men’s Nordic Silas Eastman 52:15
Women’s Nordic Kelsey Spare 1:00:32
Men’s Snowshoe Jason Lantz 59:30
Women’s Snowshoe Ellen Beth 1:19:01
Men’s Fatbike Logan Kasper 50:36
Women’s Fatbike Jennifer Murphy 1:29:50
 
Click HERE for full results 
 
A heartfelt “thank you” goes out to all the event sponsors, all of whom have helped make this annual event such a success. For 2019, those sponsors include Dion Snowshoes, Stan & Dan Sports, Swix, Moat Mountain Brewing Company, Hannaford, Appalachian Mountain Club, Fuller’s Sugarhouse, The Glen House Hotel, and the Mount Washington Observatory.