Skinnyski Race Team Weekend Recap
By Bruce Adelsman
February 26, 2003
I won't waste a lot of time trying to do a full recap of
the big Birkie weekend -- there are seven fantastic race stories
from the team below that do a much better job than I ever
The team had incredible performances across the board. Margie
Tilman and Jill Troutner posted top ten finishes in the Korteloppet.
Five our skiers finished in the top 60 in the mens race, with
Brian May once again posting a top 30 finish. Josie Nelson
skied to her best Birkie ever, posting an amazing 23rd woman,
and Sonja Bostrom, skiing in her first full marathon, hammered
out an incredible 11th place, just 10 seconds out the top
ten! And not to forget Per Nelson -- considering his journey
to the starting line of the Birkie, we're very proud he even
completed the event!
Dave Nelson and John Munger
just north of Hwy OO
I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention one of the biggest
performances of the weekend: having big time race feeds from
Alex Gardner of our Enervit
sponsor. Every one of our Birkie skiers praised the excellent
feeds and said it helped their overall performance. And if
you haven't been convinced by the Enervit products yet, take
a closer look at what
the Italian skiers were using for fuel.
Race Team Results
February 22, 2003 Kortelopet 23K Freestyle
Jill Troutner 7th female
Margie Tilman 8th female
February 22, 2003 Birkebeiner 51K Freestyle
Sonja Bostrom 11th female
Josie Nelson 23rd female
Brian May 30th male
Dave Nelson 43rd male
John Munger 51st male
Grant Nelson 58th male
Jay Richards 59th male
Per Nelson 204th male
Team Member Race Reports
- Birkie Blahs and Birkie Great Ones: looking back the Birkies
gone by as well this year's great race.
Richards - Race night rumpus, the race to the start
line, and the recap on his only race of the season.
Munger - Barnebirke "DQed"; starting strong
and hanging on to his second best finish.
Troutner - An evening before the Birkie with Suzanne
King provides insight on just what race preparation means.
May - One whale of a race, and dreams of doing it
all again next year.
Nelson - The tale of his long road just to make it
to the start line for the big race.
Bostrom - Sprints in 45F weather, a full recap of
her first Birkie, and excitement of her Dad's best birkie
ever (and number 21 to boot!).