Skiers hit the trails for 23rd Marsh Lake loppet

There were fewer costumes and fewer skiers but still plenty of smiles at the 2017 Marsh Lake Classic on Feb. 11.

There were fewer costumes and fewer skiers but still plenty of smiles at the 2017 Marsh Lake Classic on Feb. 11.

A total of 145 skiers — down from 235 last year — took part in the 23rd annual cross-country ski loppet at the Marsh Lake Community Centre.

Last year Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman hit the trails in the event. Though there were far fewer caped skiers, there were still some super times posted.

Whitehorse skiers Colin Abbot and Kendra Murray took in the awards for fastest male and female on the 20-kilometre course. Abbott finished in 55:18 and Murray in 1:07:38 to bag the Betty-Lou Sheardown memorial award.

The Yukon Ski Team’s Purple Squad, ages 10 and 11, pocketed the Captain Fun Award, presented in memory of Peter Milner, for best costumes.

Ryley Toth, 3, took the award for youngest skier and Keith Lay, 70, the award for oldest skier.

Complete results are available here.

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