The 2014 Potato Cup will be held on January 4th. It will be the same course and pursuit format as in the past.
Thanks to all the racers and volunteers that made this year’s Potato Cup a success! Despite three days of warm temps with some rain the newly graded Mink Creek trails held snow (with a bunch of shoveling). Along many local skiers several traveled from the Salt Lake area, Teton Valley and Boise. Everyone seemed quite happy with the race and went home with a full belly and some nice swag.
Please thank and support our generous sponsors:
Old Town Embroidery donated the awesome beanies and Troy and Terri also made the wine that went to the top three men and women of the Full Pursuit.
Scott’s Ski and Sport Eric Nelson donated a ton of prizes which were greatly appreciated by all
Idaho Orthopaedic a generous donation toward our new snowmobile fund. Debbie Newhouse supplied the potato cooker microwave bags that went to each participant.
Hammer Nutrition donated Heed, Hammer Gels and race bags
Meadow Gold donated a ton of yogurt, chocolate milk and string cheese thanks to Bill Skerjenc
Barries Ski and Sport donated gift certificates and clothing
Toko Ski Wax donated several hats and gloves
Pierre 49 donated several gift certificates and pizza coupon for all participants and volunteers
Mink Creek Nordic Area Lance Clark and staff put in many hours and adjusted their schedules to host the Potato Cup. Mayor Blad also fired the shotgun to start this year’s event.
Krieg Climbing-Karen Appleby made the great labels and purchased beer/root beer for the top skiers
I would also like to recognize the following volunteers: Jerry Downey and the Potato Cup timing staff for another flawlessly timed event. Tim and Jerry organized and collected the online registrations. Tim Downey and Samantha Swan and Meg Downey for organizing and purchasing lunch and everyone that brought goodies. Bob Marcinko, Lance Roberts, Dave Roy and several others for shoveling snow on the course many hours in the past couple weeks. Heidi Preston and Debbie Newhouse for washing bibs, stuffing race bags and registering race day skiers. Talkin’ Joe Perdue kept the dead air to a minimum while he provided commentary during the event.
And there were many others including Dave Pacioretty, Andy Hall, Bill Woodhouse, Andrea and Joey Faust, Tony Chesrow, BJ Roberts, Valerie Gill, Roger and Camille Schmidt, Kevin Marsh, Erika Kuhlman, and Danil Marsh, Mark Smith Jane Coe Smith, Kathy Daly, Tad, Paula and Julia Phelps.
I would like to acknowledge any volunteers that I missed. If you know of others please let me know and I’ll add them to this list.
2013 Potato Cup Pictures
This year’s race will follow the traditional Potato Cup format of a 10K mass start classic race. After a short break there will be a 10K individual start skate race based on the fastest classic racer’s time. There will also be a 5K/5k Half Pursuit and a 2K/2K Kid’s Pursuit. You can also race either classic or skate only if you wish. Please email race director Randy Anderson if you have any questions.
Potato Cup 2012 was cancelled; no results.