FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Team Skinnyski.com Attempts 24 Hour Record
Milwaukee, WI -- A team of six cross country skiers sponsored
by Skinnyski.com will make an attempt at the North American 24 Hour
distance record in Cable, WI on January 11-12. A team comprised of Ben
Popp, Brian May, Dave Nelson, Grant Nelson, Per Nelson, and John Munger
will challenge the record of 517.391 kilometers at the 3rd annual 24
Hours of Telemark (24-T).
"It will be tough to reach it, but we'll have a blast
trying," commented team captain Popp. "We did the event
last year with just 4 skiers and put in 490 km. With six skiers this
year we will have more rest between laps and can make a serious attempt
at the record. And if we don't beat the record we'll still get in
perfect training for the Birkie!"
The current record was set March 17, 2002 at the Lappe Nordic
Centre 24 Hour relay race in Thunder Bay, Ontario by a team of seven
skiers from the Canadian National Team Development Center (NTDC).
Kerrie Fabius, Tara Redpath, Timo Puiras, Riku Metsaranta, Will Fitzgerald,
Sean Crooks, and Jeff Seguin are the current record holders for the
The current North American solo male record is unofficially
held by Chris Ransom of Lake Mills, WI, who posted 321.484 km in 24
hours at last year's 24-T, (he skied an addition 9 km to finish his
lap). The women's solo record is held by Becky Laasko (CAN) with 252.462
km and was set at the Thunder Bay race last year. The 370 km women's
team record was tackled at the 2001 24-T by Team Ski Hut (Kelly Rogers,
Sara Kylander-Johnson, Abbi May, and Jayme Bauer).
The World solo 24-hour record of 415.5Km was set by Finn Seppo-Juhani
Savolainen in Sarriselk, Finland on April 8-9, 1988.
Although dozens of 24 hour mountain bike races are held throughout
North America each year, currently the Lappe Nordic 24 Hour Relay
Race (Thunder Bay, ONT) and the 24 Hours of Telemark (Cable, WI) are
the only 24 Hour cross country ski relay races in North America. While
the 24-T got its start as an offshoot from the 24 Hours of 9 Mile
(24-9) mountain bike race in Wausau, WI, the Lappe Nordic Relay has
its roots in a Nordic record attempt.
"In 1996, NTDC coach Pekka Kemppi wanted to make an attempt
at the 24 hour world record," said Liz Inkila, President of the
Lappe Nordic Centre Ski Team. "Although he didn't break the record,
about ten team members followed him along the way." Instead of
attempting the solo record again, Kempi suggested a team format for
the following year and the Lappe Nordic 24 Hour Relay was born. "Now
it's a tradition!"
Organizers of the 24-T based their decision to begin the race
on the social aspect of the race format. "Everyone has so much
fun racing on teams at the 24-9 that we had to bring the format to
cross country skiing!" said Event Director Kevin Eccles of TS
Events, Inc. "Many of us who put on the 24-9 ski in the winter.
We wanted to have the same opportunity for fun on snow that we have
at the mountain bike race!"
Both events offer a variety of 24 hour-only divisions. The
24 Hour race in Cable also offers 3, 6, 12-hour options in 19 categories
to allow for personal tests for skiers of a variety of abilities.
Whether you're in it for North American record, a personal
challenge or a social adventure, a 24-hour race on skis or mountain
bikes might be a whole new way to enjoy your favorite sport!
More information about the 24 Hours of Telemark (January 11-12,
2003) and 9-Mile (August 30-31) can be found at www.teamsportsevents.com,
Kevin Eccles 262-5496801 Ext.16.
Information on the 24 Team Relay Race at Lappe Nordic Center
(March 29-30, 2003) can be found at http://flash.lakeheadu.ca/~lnordic/.
Don't delay, sign up today! Don't forget to register before
the next price increase on December 15th. https://www.active.com/register/index.cfm?event_id=1025782&site=header
or at http://www.teamsportsevents.com/telemark24/2003/index.htm.
Also, remember to reserve your rooms before the Dec. 15th,
too. On the 16th rooms are released to the general public and
at a higher price. Telemark sold out last year so hurry and call
today! Telemark Resort (877-798-4718)
Don't forget about the Pilot Fish Inn, Valhalla Condos and other
Cable area lodging. For more information on these options call
Marcia at the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce: 800-533-7454 or