April 3, 2006
Seattle, Washington — (News Release) — The Subaru Race and Ace Challenge was a big success in its first year in Washington. The day saw forty competitors hit the slopes for a dual giant slalom on the slopes of Alpental at The Summit at Snoqualmie, then head west to The Golf Club at Newcastle's Coal Creek Course.
Poor weather threatened to dampen the competitor's spirits, but low temperatures held up at the mountain, sprinkling the slopes with four inches of spring snow. At the golf course, skies looked bleak as the noon start time approached, but a few scattered showers gave way to sunny skies and picturesque views of downtown Seattle as the competitors made their turn to the back nine holes. Two-person team competitor Josh Bock noted, "In Seattle, this IS a sunny spring day. Actually, it's the nicest day I've had on the golf course all year.
At the end of a full day of competition, the scores were tallied and the competitors raised their glass to the top competitors in each division. In the Elite Individual division, former Subaru Race and Ace Oregon competitor and Seattle resident Micah McBride captured first place and earned himself a trophy, Never Compromise putter and a pair of Peak Vision Sports sunglasses with removable ski and golf specialty lenses. His victory follows last year's win in Central Oregon and makes him the event's second two-time champion.
Steve Ohme had the fastest race time of the day, a 20.34 and earned a second place finish, a five-day pass to The Summit at Snoqualmie and a pair of Peak Vision Sports sunglasses. The event's first two-time champion, Bryan Paligo came in third, winning a pair of Peak Vision Sports sunglasses. Micah and Bryan plan to settle their two-victory tie on May 6th at the Central Oregon competition at Mt. Bachelor and Sunriver Resort.
In the Two-person team division, The Summit at Snoqualmie team grabbed the lead after the ski race with two scorching runs of 20.60 by John Forsen, whose runs equaled the second and third fastest times of the day. They each left with trophies, Cleveland Golf drivers and Peak Vision Sports sunglasses. The second place prizes of five-day passes to The Summit at Snoqualmie and Peak Vision Sports sunglasses went to Two Old Men. Team FSA captured third and each won a pair of Peak Vision Sports sunglasses.
Peter Challman and his three kids ran away with the four-person team division, each winning signature trophies and Salomon 1080 Gun skis. The former ski racers flew in from colleges across the country to compete in the event as part of team Straddle & Shank.
1. Micah McBride
2. Steve Ohme
3. Bryan Paligo
1. The Summit at Snoqualmie: Ron Forsen and John Forsen
2. Two Old Guys: Bob Hatheway and Jack Lowe
3. FSA: Greg Anderson and Alex Nemeth
1. Straddle and Shank: Peter Challman, Pete Challman, Ben Challman, and Mo Challman