Albertan wins Midnight Dome Race

Lethbridge, Alberta's Roberto Desandoli produced the fastest time of 74 runners and 10 walkers at the 35th annual Midnight Dome Race in Dawson City on Saturday.

Lethbridge, Alberta’s Roberto Desandoli produced the fastest time of 74 runners and 10 walkers at the 35th annual Midnight Dome Race in Dawson City on Saturday.

Desandoli, who finished ninth out of 2,608 runners in this year’s Calgary Marathon, completed the 7.2 kilometres up the Dome Road, climbing 564 metres in elevation, in 35 minutes, 49 seconds.

Whitehorse’s Stephen Waterreus, who won the race the last four years, was absent this year.

Taking second on Saturday was Whitehorse’s Fabian Brook with a time of 37:07. A member of the newly-formed Yukon Elite Squad cross-country skiing team, Brook won a gold and a bronze at the Arctic Winter Games in March. He also captured gold at the Haywood Nationals in the junior boys 10-kilometre classic. He has since been named to Cross Country Canada’s National Talent Squad.

Yukon MP Ryan Leef placed third for the second straight year, shaving more than two and a half minutes off his time.

The fastest woman in the race was Whitehorse’s Melanie Mott, reaching the top in 48:57. Despite taking almost six minutes off her time from last year, Whitehorse’s Jessie Gladish placed second for the second consecutive time. Erin Trochin took third at 50:33.

Top five results

Open men

1st Roberto Desandoli – 35:49

2nd Fabian Brook – 37:07

3rd Ryan Leef – 38:23

4th Michael Milne – 41:29

5th Nansen Murray – 41:37

Open women

1st Melanie Mott – 48:57

2nd Jessie Gladish – 49:10

3rd Erin Trochin – 50:33

4th Justin Kolla – 55:30

5th Alex Morrison – 55:37

Masters senior male

1st George Trojan – 0:44:32

2nd Steve Cash – 0:46:45

3rd Palle Hauge – 0:53:20

4th Bob McCauley – 0:59:09

5th David Trick – 1:01:23

Masters senior women

1st Brenda Morrison – 1:03:02

2nd Janet Helton – 1:13:38

Masters men

1st Neil Swift – 1:01:28

Masters women

1st Shelley Brown – 0:56:44

2nd Ellen Clark – 0:59:56

3rd Suzanne Crocker – 1:04:18

4th Antonia Manolis – 1:05:28

5th Gwen Bell – 1:12:11

Bantam men

1st Justin Hishart-MacDougall – 0:55:25

2nd Sam Crocker – 0:56:25

Bantam women

1st Lila Yahusz-Bell – 0:59:38

Junior women

1st Ella Parker – 0:57:36


Masters women

1st Barbara Grueger – 1:08:00

2nd Julie Jai – 1:09:00

3rd Dianna Leinberger – 1:20:00

4th Elaine Gaudet – 1:23:00

5th Selina Procee – 1:23:00

Masters men

1st Tjeu Eric Jeus Reimann – 1:18:00

2nd Davy Dhillon – 1:25:00

3rd Tim Taylor – 1:41:00

Open women

1st Zoe Dhillon – 1:19:00

Bantam women

1st Teresa Procee – 1:10:00

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