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Boomer’s Drive-In wins Ski to Sea 2019, followed by Wenatchee Valley Brewing

A close finish to 2019 Ski to Sea race

Boomer’s Drive-In rings the bell first, followed four seconds later by Wenatchee Valley Brewing Company in the competitive open division of the 2019 Ski to Sea race in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday, May 26, 2019.
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Boomer’s Drive-In rings the bell first, followed four seconds later by Wenatchee Valley Brewing Company in the competitive open division of the 2019 Ski to Sea race in Bellingham, Wash., on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

Don’t miss the updated story on who won Ski to Sea.

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Boomer’s Drive in rings the bell first! Four seconds later was Wenatchee Valley Brewing Company.

Greg Redman told KGMI this was his first Ski to Sea race. His Boomer’s team had a total team time of 6:05:55.

Wenatchee Valley Brewing ended the day with a time of 6:05:59.

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Division winners (unofficial at 5:30 p.m.)

Competitive open: (1) Boomer’s Drive-In, 6:05:55; (2) Wenatchee Valley Brewing, 6:05:59; (3) Odyssey Elementary Orcas, 6:25:58; (4) Barkley Village Family Dentistry-Men, 6:26:35; (5) Boomer’s Drive-In (B Team), 6:38:44

Whatcom County open: (1) Beaver’s Tree Service, 6:14:47, (2) Inn at Lynden, 6:30:24; (3) Wander Brewing, 7:24:43; (4) Minor Threat, 7:30:35; (5) Ragnarok, 7:37:56

Veterans: (1) Mt. Baker Ravens, 6:50:53; (2) Peoples Bank, 6:51:10; (3) Archer Ale House, 7:13:31; (4) Chuckanut Bay Distillery, 7:39:53; (5) All Spawned Out and Headed for the Bay, 8:13:24

Masters: (1) The Monkey Wrench Gang, 6:51:28; (2) Okanagan Express, 6:58:08; (3) Darwin’s Bulldogs, 7:42:00; (4) LIFE Aesthetic Center, 7:52:55; (5) Seattle Canoe & Kayak Club, 8:14:16

Competitive mixed: (1) Cobalt Grill, 6:54:47; (2) Stones Throw Brewery Hustlers, 7:28:41; (3) Delicate Flowers, 7:30:50; (4) Not Sponsored by Red Bull, 8:28:06; (5) Off Constantly, 8:30:28

Corporate: (1) Bellingham Firefighters, 6:55:25; (2) Past Performance is No Guarantee, 7:41:12; (3) Exxel Pacific, 7:44:08; (4) Mills Electric, 8:01:01; (5) TC Legend Homes, 8:37:59

Whatcom County Women: (1) BNP Realtors, 7:04:27; (2) CorePhysio, 7:11:56; (3) Wander Brewing, 8:04:35; (4) Get Ovary It, 9:19:19

Recreational open: (1) The Unorthadocs, 7:11:22; (2) NWIC Hooligans, 7:29:50; (3) Yeager’s Sporting Goods, 7:56:42; (4) Wreckers, 8:04:21; (5) Blazed and Confused, 8:09:42

Whatcom County mixed: (1) HardCore Physio, 7:14:29; (2) Kulshan CrossFit GREEN Team, 8:18:09; (3) Three Legged Turtles, 8:30:04; (4) Edited for Content, 9:32:51; (5) Bellingham Dance Company, 9:40:21;

High school: (1) Baker Babes, 7:17:51; (2) Kid Goats, 7:25:47; (3) Bad Nuggets, 7:38:30; (4) Lebowski’s ‘Lil Urban Achievers, 8:34:26; (5) Vermonsters, 8:35:00

Family: (1) Llazy Lloydz, 7:20:43; (2) Cordata Dental, 7:51:38; (3) Fairhaven Family Medicine, 8:15:12; (4) Bill’s Boys, 8:24:40; (5) Where’s Marv?, 8:30:50

Car-free: (1) TREK Car-Free, 7:40:13; (2) Surfrider Mavericks, 7:42:54; (3) Jedi Ponies, 8:07:07; (4) Mostly Old Friends v5, 8:21:05; (5) WanderWomen, 9:04:42

Competitive women: (1) Barkley Village Family Dentistry, 7:32:27; (2) SHEroes, 7:38:48; (3) Sixknot Supergirls, 8:20:32; (4) Sasquatch 2.0, 8:51:58; (5) Ski to Sea Sissies, 9:2157

Recreational mixed: (1) Zombie Llamas, 8:07:54; (2) Chafing the Dream, 8:09:39; (3) Otter Control, 8:24:00; (4) Plain and Simple Box, 8:24:01; (5)Mema’s Little Roadtrippers, 8:28:38

Recreational women: (1) The Beastie Belles, 8:33:05; (2) Leave it to Beavers, 8:33:13; (3) Nasty Women, 8:56:43; (4) Erin Baker’s, 9:08:36; (5) Screamin Sheagles supported by PSI, 9:10:17

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Kayak winners (unofficial at 2:30 p.m.)

No. 1: Greg Barton, 39:07, Wenatchee Valley Brewing, competitive open

No. 2: Greg Redman, 39:28, Boomer’s Drive-In, competitive open

No. 3: Jamie Klein, 39:43, Inn at Lynden, Whatcom County Open

No. 4: Wes Hammer, 41:31, Boomer’s Drive-In (B Team), competitive open

No. 5: Erik Wermus, 42:12, Garrett O’Brien for Mayor, competitive open

No. 6: Brandon Nelson, 42:22, Beaver’s Tree Service, Whatcom County open

No. 7: Das Cryder, 43:05, Odyssey Elementary Orcas, competitive open

No. 8: Josh Dyck, 43:35, Evil Bike Co., competitive open

No. 9: Tom Swetish, 45:13, Barkley Village Family Dentistry-Mens, competitive open

No. 10: Dean Bumstead, 45:33, Peoples Bank, veterans

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Just who is Wenatchee Valley Brewing Company? They’re new to Ski to Sea, but have two locations in Wenatchee. Dan Bass is the owner and his bio on their website says:

“A love for good times, family and friends, great beer, and a desire to share it, has lead Dan to create WVBC. To make it a success, Dan has surrounded himself with a group of amazing staff and co-owners. As a longtime firefighter and competitive cyclist, he is an invaluable leader for our team, striving to make Wenatchee a better community every day.”

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Also in the water with kayaks are Barkley Village Family Dentistry-Mens and Odyssey Elementary Orcas, both in the competitive open.

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More unofficial results from Ski to Sea’s website.

Cyclocross winners (updated at 2:30 p.m.)

No. 1: Brad Nelson, 41:52, WompMobile AMP, car-free

No. 2: Theodore Schwartz, 41:59, Evil Bike Co., competitive open

No. 3: Cooper Rombold, 43:24, Wenatchee Valley Brewing, competitive open

No. 4: Stephen Dempsey, 43:54, Boomer’s Drive-In, competitive open

No. 5: Clinton Seal, 44:21, The Unorthadocs, recreational open

No. 6: Jacob Hartsoch, 44:28, Beaver’s Tree Service, Whatcom County open

No. 7: Robert Campbell, 44:36, Barkley Village Family Dentistry-Mens, competitive open

No. 8: Tom Schafer, 44:38, Inn at Lynden, Whatcom County open

No. 9: Matt Davis, 44:42, Bellingham Firefighters, corporate

No. 10: Darrin Seeds, 44:47, Vandammage, competitive open

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Boomer’s Drive-In, Wenatchee Valley Brewing are in the lead as kayaks launch for Ski to Sea 2019. Dave Gallagher reports Beavers Tree Service has also passed the checkpoint — it looks like three-team race into the kayak leg.

Boomer’s was first in the water, but former Olympian Greg Barton was in the second boat for Wenatchee Valley Brewing.

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More unofficial results from Ski to Sea’s website.

Canoe winners (unchanged at 2:35 p.m.)

No. 1: Glenn Bond and Bob Woodman, 1:56:43, Odyssey Elementary Orcas, competitive open

No. 2: Eric Gerstl and Michael Hammer, 1:57:30, Boomer’s Drive-In, competitive open

No. 3: Brian Boatman and Michaal Lee, 1:57:50, Beaver’s Tree Service, Whatcom County open

No. 4: Brad Bauer and Jim Bauet, 1:58:25, Wenatchee Valley Brewing, competitive open

No. 5: Matt Stodola and Geoff Stodola, 1:58:51, Exxel Pacific, corporate

No. 6: Collin Smith and Brian Flannelly, 1:59:40, Bellingham Firefighters, corporate

No. 7: Greg Blackburn and Scott Decker, 1:59:50, Boomer’s Drive-In (B Team), competitive open

No. 8: Edoh Amiran and Liam Price, 2:00:17, Two Cubed to Finish, competitive open

No. 9: Tyson Bull and Stuart Rahkola, 2:00:21, Okanagan Express, masters

No. 10: Chris Cupp and Thom Prichard, 2:00:43, Peoples Bank, veterans

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A strong canoe finish by Boomer’s Drive-In has moved the team to first overall and first place in the competitive open division.

Eric Gerstl and Michael Hammer finished in 1:57:30 to move their team to first place.

Unofficial results now show Beaver’s Tree Service finishing second overall with Brian Boatman and Michael Lee with a time of 1:57:50 in the Whatcom County open division.

Wenatchee Valley Brewing is now in third place overall and second in the competitive open division.

Brian Boatman and Michael Lee came in for Wenatchee at 1:57:50.

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Robert Mittendorf reports the first boat under the bridge is team 015, second is team 222.

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Unofficial overall team places with a bit more than 10% of road bikes finished, according to the Ski to Sea website:

No. 1, Wenatchee Vallery Brewing

No. 2, Boomer’s Drive-In

No. 3, Barkley village Family Dentistry-Men

No. 4, Beaver’s Tree Service

No. 5, Odyssey Elementary Orcas

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Robert Mittendorf is waiting for the canoes in Ferndale. He reports the river’s slow and low under partly sunny skies at the canoe finish line. And Dave Gallagher is ready at the cyclocross finish at Squalicum Harbor, where kayakers will launch on the final leg of Ski to Sean 2019. The bay appears to be calm, but a bit breezier than earlier today.

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Here are the unofficial top ten for the road bike, as recorded by Ski to Sea.

Road bike winners (unchanged at 2:35 p.m.)

No. 1: Stuart Ayling, 1:23:35, Barkley Village Family Dentistry-Men, competitive open

No. 2: Jack Bardi, 1:23:41, Inn at Lynden, Whatcom County Open

No. 3: Steven Wilssens, 1:24:47, Wenatchee Valley Brewing, competitive open

No. 4: Michael Finley, 1:24:59, Boomer’s Drive-In, competitive open

No. 5: Cooper Rombold, 1:25:11, NWIC Hooligans, recreational open

No. 6: Corbin Hudacek, 1:27:36, WompMobile AMP, car-free

No. 7: Ben Shaklee, 1:28:08, Beaver’s Tree Service, Whatcom County open

No. 8: Benjamin Peterson, 1:28:08, Zombie Llamas, recreational mixed

No. 9: Alden Black, 1:28:41, We’ll Be Fine, competitive open

No. 10: Eric Cockrell, 1:30:13, Evil Bike Co., competitive open

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Ski to Sea 2019 began at Mt. Baker Ski Area with the first three legs of the race: cross-country skiing, downhill skiing/snowboarding and running. More than 3,300 racers competed in this year's events on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

With some early chip issues resolved, here are the early leg winners, as recorded by Ski to Sea:

Overall leaders with the first three legs complete:

Competitive open: First place, Wenatchee Valley Brewing; second place, Boomer’s Drive-In

Whatcom County open: First place, Beavers Tree Service; second place, Inn at Lynden

High School: First place, Kid Goats

Whatcom County women: First place, BNP Realtors

Competitive mixed: First place, Cobalt Grill

Veterans: First place, Peoples Bank

Masters: First place, The Monkey Wrench Gang

Recreational open: First place, The Unorthodocs

Family: First place, Fairhaven Family Medicine

Car-free: First place, Surfrider Mavericks

Corporate: First place, Bellingham Firefighters

Recreational mixed: First place, Larch and in Charge

Recreational women: First place, Nasty Women

Cross-country winners (unchanged at 2:40 p.m.)

No. 1: Brian Gregg, 19:22 Boomer’s Drive-In, competitive open

No. 2: Walker Hall, 20:14, Kid Goats, high school division

No. 3: Tim Bell, 20:17, Okanagan Express, masters division

No. 4: Jeff Ellis, 21:01, The Monkey Wrench Gang, masters division

No. 5: Kent Murdoch, 21:04, Wenatchee Valley Brewing, competitive open

No. 6: Logan Wetzel, 21:11, Beavers Tree Service, Whatcom County open

No. 7: Caitlin Gregg, 21:44, Boomer’s Drive-In (B Team), competitive open

No. 8: Lucas Sadesky, 21:57, Odyssey Elementary Orcas, competitive open

No. 9.: Chad Gregg, 22:14, Cobalt Grill, competitive mixed

No. 10: Peter Leonard, 22:17, Nordic Death, recreational open

Downhill ski winners (unofficial at 2:15 p.m.)

No. 1: Brent Mosberry, 22:06, Beavers Tree Service, Whatcom County open

No. 2: Doug Stenclik, 22:08, Wenatchee Valley Brewing, competitive open

No. 3: Mike Gilfford, 22:48, Boomer’s Drive-In, competitive open

No. 4: Calvin Collander, 23:22, Boomer’s Drive-In (B Team), competitive open

No. 5: Glen Healy, 23:51, Galloping Gonads, competitive open

No. 6: Tyler Farrar, 23:59, Kirkland Fire and The Rat, competitive open

No. 7: North Bennett, 24:45, Chuckanut Bay Foods, competitive open

No. 8: Will Adams, 24:52, Blazed and Confused, recreational open

No. 9: Pete Durr, 25:06, Mt. Baker Ravens, veterans

No. 10: Martin Ayling, 25:11, Barkley Village Family Dentistry-Men, competitive open

Run winners (unchanged at 2:35 p.m.)

No. 1: Jaydn Asay, 37:00, Wenatchee Valley Brewing, competitive open

No. 2: Conner Johnsen, 37:26, A Team Has No Name, recreational mixed

No. 3: Juan Castillo, 37:51, Boomer’s Drive-In, competitive open

No. 4: Rob Bond, 38:10, Ludicrous Speed, recreational open

No. 5: Hendrik Kok, 38:37, Barkley Village Family Dentistry-Men, competitive open

No. 6: Derek Thornton, 38:40, Beavers Tree Service, Whatcom County open

No. 7: Courtney Olsen, 39:16, BNP Realtors, Whatcom County Women

No. 8: Koby Pederson, 39:39, Chuckanut Bay Foods, competitive open

No. 9: Casey Barten, 40:14, Odyssey Elementary Orcas, competitive open

No. 10: Solomon Bill, 40:30, WompMobile AMP, car-free

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All the runners were said to have finished by 10:39 a.m.

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A half-dozen road bikers have finished and their team canoes are on the Nooksack.

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Approaching 10 a.m. and about three-quarter of the runners have recorded finish times.

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Race Director Anna Rankin said the results team is working to clear “rogue data points” from the results on the Ski to Sea website.

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Runners have started to cross their finish line, with the top finisher apparently coming in with a 37-minute run down Mount Baker Highway from the ski area to the Shuksan Department of Transportation shed. That’s a minute faster than the 2018 finishers.

That means road bikers are on their way to Riverside Park in Everson, where the canoeists will take over.

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Race Director Anna Rankin said she’s checking into why the app and website results aren’t reflecting what we are seeing on the mountain.

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About three-quarter of downhill skiers have completed the race at 9 a.m., but a runner has yet to finish, according to Ski to Sea race results.

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Ski to Sea officials on the mountain confirm racers from Boomer’s Drive-in finished first in both the cross-country and downhill skiing legs. Brian Gregg was the cross-country skier and Mike Gifford skied the downhill leg.

Gifford said this is his 12th or 13th year skiing with Boomers in Ski to Sea. He told Herald reporter Denver Pratt that he was surprised he came in first but added “I owe it to our cross-country skier. He’s a phenomenal skier and he was way out there.”

Gifford added that the Beaver’s Tree Service skier was right behind him and was trying to catch up.

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The first downhill skier has crossed the finish line, No. 15, Boomer’s Drive-In, according to our reporter. We’ll hold off on other places until we’re sure the Ski to Sea website is reporting accurate results.

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Ski to Sea website race results are in dispute. Our reporter saw Brian Gregg from Boomer’s Drive-In cross the finish line first, which he confirmed in an interview with KGMI radio.

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The first cross-country skier to finish is Charles Dooley from Tony’s Coffee in the Whatcom County mixed category with a time of 18:19, followed by Brian Gregg from Boomer’s Drive-In in the competitive open at 19:22 and William Anderson from Kinematics Krew in the recreational open at 19:44, according to the Ski to Sea results website.

Walker Hall of Kid Goats in the high school division came in fourth at 20:14. Tim Bell of Okanagan Express in the master’s division came in fifth at 20:17.

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And they’re off! Skiers were warned there’s less snow than in the past, so they need to keep their eyes open and be aware. Sharp bends and hazards are marked. Stay on the groomed run.

A total of 414 teams — that’s 3,322 racers — plan to take part in this year’s Ski to Sea race Sunday, May 26, 2019. A few are Olympic-caliber athletes while many are racing for the fun of it.

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Welcome to The Bellingham Herald’s relay of 2019 Ski to Sea coverage!

Denver Pratt and Lacey Young are on the mountain, where there’s already a change for downhill skiers: The hand-off to the runners is a bit different this year. The hand-off will happen on the dirt road to the right, not the hill like last year.

Another head’s up for runners: Someone stole most of the mile markers last night. They only left mile 4. Pre-race meeting for runners was changed to 7:15 a.m.

From the ski meeting: This year for downhill skiers: hand your time chip off to the runners! It’s advised you keep your chip in your left hand. You have to wear the same boots up, as you wear down (no changing into running shoes for the sprint up the hill!). No carrying skis with backpacks or straps.

A total of 414 teams — that’s 3,322 racers — are taking part in this year’s Ski to Sea race today. A few are Olympic-caliber athletes while many are racing for the fun of it.

The seven-leg team relay will kick off at 7:30 a.m. under cloudy skies at at Mt. Baker Ski Area , when cross-country skiers launch themselves into the first leg of the race.

It ends at Marine Park in Fairhaven, when kayakers jump out of their boats and run up the beach to ring the bell at the finish line amid hundreds of cheering spectators.

The first racers usually reach the beach around 1:30 p.m. or shortly after, depending on conditions.

Check back here all day for race updates.

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Julie Shirley directs news coverage for The Bellingham Herald and has been the executive editor since 2003. She’s been an editor in Florida, California and Washington since 1979.
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