Feb 112020
 

The Tourathon is complete, see synopsis below. Results here

First up Glenville Hill Classic is scheduled for February 15th at 10AM. Come on back to the 2019 Champs course for 1 or 2 laps on the 5K. Snow pack is good at the state record holder for most inches in the december 2019 storm. The conditions should be fast, blue klister, if any descents are unsafe the course will be modified. This year a UTV groomer and fancy Tidd style custom groomer will chop up any ice from this week’s rain.

If you prefer skating the Hurtathon is back on, saturday Feb. 15 10 AM- skate, this should draw a good crowd from HURT and PERU as they wrestle for podium spots at the NYSSRA Championship on February 22-23 {bring your friends and compete on Sunday, prizes are quite nice, and clubs get points in each division (mens, Womens, and Mixed, the top spot on the podium for nyssra clubs is up for grabs with 55 points up for grabs between 1st place and 3rd place).

Read on about how much fun last weekend was, and come out for what remains.


{Pictured Jim Miller, Brian Nilsson,  Peter Newell:(Winner), and Mark Poprocki}

The Tourathon is complete. Despite bitter cold temps hovering in the single digits, a hearty crowd of racers enjoyed blue hard wax conditions at Winona Forest. It was an event for young and old (U6- M10).

In the 50k GHN’ADK Vauhti’s Matt Torniainen got his third straight silver behind Jonathan Ignatowski (3:14:19). Deborah Luan won in 4:55:18

In the 25K, Osceola’s Peter Newell strided on to his second Winona Victory (1:36:08) {last year was in the 12.5K}  Unseating GHN-ADK Vauhti’s Jim Miller who double poled furiously for silver. Joan Newell took gold for the women in (2:11:45)

The 12.5k lost some scholastic racers due to the cold. Only 6 kids finished, 5 boys, 1 girl. Calvin Burke (in the U14 division) won for kids and grownups in (55:49), Oksana Korol won for Women in (1:20:24.3), and completing her first Tourathon Zara Seyse of GHN ADK vauhti skied 12.5K or approximately 25,000 steps in (3:49.13). As the only Jr Female she was guaranteed gold if she finished. That should be good prep work for Bill Koch races to come. Tips for other youngsters giving this a try: a parent with a backpack in case you need it helps but was not necessary today, snacks, fluids, warm layers, hand + toe warmers are a must.- more about her race can be found here:

 

{Pictured Zara Seyse finishing ahead of a skier on lap 3, and her father}

Thanks to Matt, Jim, and Zara GHN-ADK Vauhti is narrowly leading team HURT at this point in this racing block. The remaining races will be significant in the final standings.

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