MORA (AP) -- Two first-time winners took home the top prize in the Mora Vasaloppet, an annual cross-country ski distance race from Warman to downtown Mora in east-central Minnesota.
Laura McCabe of Winthrop, Wash., won the women's 58-kilometer race Sunday in 2 hours, 49 minutes and 48 seconds, and Pete Vordenberg of Albuquerque, N.M., won the men's 58K in 2:32.47. McCabe finished nearly six minutes ahead of second-place finisher Jan Guenther of Long Lake, who was trying for her sixth Vasaloppet win.
The men's race featured a tight finish. John Bauer of Duluth, Nathan Schultz of Boulder, Colo., and Carl Swenson of Boulder crossed the finish line within 13 seconds of Vordenberg. Bauer was second in 2:32.49, Schultz third in 2:32.55 and Swenson fourth in 2:33.
In the 42-kilometer classic, Jayme Bauer of Duluth finished in 2:44.14 to win for the third time. Stillwater's Kevin Brochman won the men's 42K in 2:16.22.
In the 35K freestyle, Bill Maldus of Minneapolis took first in 1:36.07 and Susie Olson of Burnsville won the women's heat in 1:50.08, two seconds in front of Kim Rudd of Golden Valley.
In the 13K race, Jayne Bormann of Plymouth won the women's event in 41.15 and Brendon Bain of Eagan won the men's side in 36.32.
A 4-inch snowfall on Wednesday, the town's first substantial snow of the season, allowed the race to go on as planned.
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