Elm Creek Series ResultsFebruary 16, 2011
Conditions: Temperature 39F with light wind, soft base with loose icy transformed snow on top in the skating lanes, and soft and icy base in well-set classic tracks. The race course was set on the full 5K loop including Valley, Thicket and Northern Light trails. Thanks to the Elm Creek Park Reserve trail grooming crew for making the race course in its top shape as much as possible.
Race distance: 5K, both classic and freestyle, mass start.
Freestyle(F)/Classic(C) Nicholas Kjome 12:08 (F) – kid’s division freestyle winner (2K) and the overall winner!!! Chip Tabor 12:11 (F) -- men’s freestyle winner Ben Lindberg 13:22 (F)/15:32 (C) -- men’s classic winner Byron Lubenkov 13:43 (F) Jacob Kjome 14:43 (F) Melinda Silbernick 15:25 (F) – women’s freestyle winner Tim Hieb 15:33 (F) Mark Winholtz 17:02 (F)/20:41 (C) Tim Justice 21:48 (F) Kyle Benson 23:47 (F) Jim Smith /17:25 (C)WARM and SOFT have been the two common words at Elm Creek this whole week so far – there was no difference tonight. The temperature tonight was an 180 degree switch from last Wed’s -2F/-18F windchill. Tonight’s ski condition felt like the mid-March weather (a Pole Pedal Pant winter triathlon typical condition), one of the warmest ECTT nights ever. The skiing condition was FAST and technical at the turns for the skaters and also tricky kick wax for the classic skiers.
Chip Tabor was looking for challenges and was trying to get even with a few Mora skiers, while posting one of the fastest time in the season. Before the race, skiers were reminiscent about the Mora Vasaloppet race and the challenging conditions. Ben and Byron, welcome to the ECTT race events. Jacob not only broke the 15 minute marker, his son won the overall event! Tim, Mark, and Jim, you are the most consistent racers and made every Wed. night enjoyable. Tim and Kyle, I cannot believe how well you did for your first ever xc ski race. Great job!
Next Wed.’s ECTT will be the last race in this season. Hope to see you there.
Kyle Benson is tonight's winner for the drawing ($25 gift certificate) -- please come and claim it next week.
--Amy Xu (Timer) reporting for Race Director, Melinda Silbernick