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Hoffman Notch race attracts athletes

SCHROON LAKE Bob Bolton of Richland and Courtenay Guertin of Queensbury raced to victory in the third annual Hoffman Notch Wilderness Challenge snowshoe race in Schroon Lake Jan. 19. Sponsored by the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce, the 10-kilometer (6.2 miles) race started and finished at the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club on Hoffman Road. The course looped Big Pond in the Hoffman Wilderness area. Guide John Huston of Northwoods Wilderness Guide Service, the organizer of the event, said the course is not flat, adding that it travels over streams and a beaver dam, and there may be fallen trees on the course. The race is a qualifying event for the Empire State Games. Snowshoe running is a booming sport that is gaining attention from both professional and amateur athletes, Huston said. Bolton covered the 6.2 miles in 59 minutes, 18 seconds. Guertin was clocked in 1 hour, 7 minutes, 17 seconds. Results include: Bob Bolton, Richland, 58:18; Courtenay Guertin, Queensbury, 1:07:17; Matt Westerlund, Lacona, 1:08:49; Bob Dion, Readsboro, Vt., 1:11:54; Jessica Charles, Oriskany, 1:12:08; Ed Myers, Obelisk, Pa., 1:16:10; Tad Norton Warrensburg, 1:17:53; Tim Nichols, Granville, 1:19:43; John Pelton, West Rutland, Vt., 1:22:45; Gary Baker, Long Lake, 1:22:46; Eric Recene, Delmar, 1:22:49; Bill Tylutki, Remsen, 1:25:25; Jeffrey Lutzker, Saratoga Springs, 1:28:18; Ed Decker, Ravena, 1:31:46; Laney Lutzker, Saratoga Springs, 1:32:52; Bunny Lunkin, Albany, 1:43:54; Denise Dion, Readsboro, Vt., 1:49:30; Tim Mahler, Schroon Lake, 1:58:45; Jill Pederson, Lake George, 1:58:53; Clifton Harriman, Ganesvoort, 2:07:38; Richard Johndrow, Ticonderoga, 2:08:55; Laurie Scheuing, Saratoga Springs, 2:53:17; David Scheuing, Saratoga Springs, 3:02:45; Terry Gottesman, Adirondack, 3:37:40; Peter Oberdorf, Adirondack, 3:37:41.

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