The brief morning squall left a half inch of dry snow on top of the already groomed 25k race loop. With winds drying the snow further, several racers had their day end early by missed wax caused by 30 degree temps and dry snow differing signicantly from the 37 and drizzle that many had seen in their forecasts.
A lead pack that included Gordon Vermeer (Dartmouth), Matt Briggs (Craftsbury GRP), Phil Lawson (Bretton Woods), John Dixon (Colby), Spencer Eusden (Bowdoin) and others broke early from the main field and rounded the 25K loop. Dixon took control in the middle of the race, but did not have enough to make a clean break and over the final kilometers Lawson, Vermeer, and Hollenbach made it a three person race. Lawson tried to break on the final significant climb of the course but could not get enough distance before Hollenbach made the final decisive move on a twisty section approaching the finish. Lawson crossed the line next, followed by Vermeer.