Andrea Lee raced hard both days taking home a third place finish in Saturday’s 5k freestyle race, where she finished 20 seconds from the lead. It was in Sunday’s 15k Classic mass start that she impressed the most by winning by 15 seconds. Lee sat in the lead pack for the majority of the race just waiting for her moment to attack. As the leaders hit the half way point on the last lap, Lee upped the tempo on the second climb of that lap to open a gap. From there, there was no looking back as the gap grew over each kilometer. With this impressive effort Andrea Lee is the CCSA Female Athlete of the Week.
Jake Brown started his weekend off with the men’s 10k skate race in a league of his own. After getting a split 2.5k into the race that he was winning by five seconds, Brown pushed himself to his limits over the next lap and a half. As he approached the 7.5k mark, Brown was one minute up on the rest of the field. With this split he gritted his teeth and dug deep to squeeze another four seconds out of the field to win by and impressive margin of 1:04.4. Brown followed his first CCSA win of the year with a second place in Sunday’s 20k Classic mass start, and was just narrowly out sprinted in the end by University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Michael Fehrenbach. With these two exceptional efforts over the weekend, Jake Brown has earned the Male CCSA Athlete of the week.