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Over the Years - Race Highlights
Travis Moore and Pierre Wille of Aspen won the race, arriving at the finish line at 8:30 a.m. Fifty teams competed. Forty-one teams finished.

Jim Faust and Pat O'Neill of Crested Butte won, arriving at 6:52 a.m. There was 30 inches of new snow, so the course was shortened and was known as “The Grand Reverse.” The course took skiers up to the Friends Hut and then back to Crested Butte.
2000 Jim Faust and Pat O'Neill won again in whiteout conditions. The start was delayed three hours and the finish came 8 hours 32 minutes later. At Star Pass, 3 a.m., Avalanche Forecaster Dan Ewert had 30 seconds to decide if avalanche conditions were safe enough to continue the race.
2001 Geo Bullock and Dave Penney of Crested Butte clinched the victory, with the race now featuring 100 teams of two.
2002 Geo Bullock and Dave Penney won again, nailing the fastest Grand Traverse finish
to date. Newbies and professional adventure racer Mike Kloser and partner Dan Weiland came fast on their heels in second.
2003 Mike Kloser and Dan Weiland of Vail led the pack on a very cold night with -11 at the start of the race, -2 F at the Friends Hut at 2 a.m., and several cases of frostbite. Faust and O'Neill lost the race due to a “slide for life” off Star Pass. A third of the contenders slid on their behinds, perhaps 1,000 feet below the usual course route.
2004 Jim Faust and Pat O'Neill returned to their winning ways. With icy conditions, many skiers slid off Star Pass. Early spring melt also required racers to wade across the East River, some up to their waists and others grabbed from the water by volunteers.
2005 Mike Kloser and Dan Weiland of Beaver Creek won. The race was made memorable with high winds. By now, the race quota of 125 teams typically fills quickly.
2006 Brian Smith and Jon Brown (M25-35) of Gunnison won the 2006 competition, known as the “Mike Martin Memorial Race,” in the closest finish ever. Martin had been race organizer with Jan Runge since 1998 and died in a plane crash around New Year’s. Aspen Mayor Helen Klanderud made a proclamation uniting the towns of Crested Butte and Aspen and along with Crested Butte Mayor Alan Bernholtz declared April 1 Grand Traverse Day.
2007 Happy 10th Anniversary! It'll certainly go down as one of the most challenging races, with a ground blizzard that hit with a vengeance, 50 mph winds, white-out conditions and numerous reports of frostbite, hypothermia and dehydration. This year tested more than just your technical ability and prowess. 121 teams started out, 30 teams had to drop out, and the storm added 1-2 hours to the average race time. Mike Kloser and Stephen White of Vail took top honors with a winning time of 8:46:50

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