Rainbow RendezvousMarch 3, 2012
Conditions: Temperature 12F, light wind, hard packed with soft fluffy snow on top of the skating lanes; tracks are very well set for classic skiers -- nice racing condition. The race course is 1 lap of 10K Rainbow Rendezvous race course.
Race distance: 10K, both classic and freestyle, mass start:
10K Freestyle Race Results: Matt Liebsch 24:29 (male freestyle winner) Luke Novak 32:13 Luke Gossen 33:48 Wesley Rogers 34:22 Ian Frritz 34:45 Austin Askelson 35:22 Brian Kaeter 36:30 Scott Kragerud 37:34 Nicole Thorndahl 39.31 (female freestyle winner) Jeffrey Quam 40:07 Anna Larson 43:30 Kelly Sassi 44:33 Kayla Nordahl 48:06 Doug Spies 48:28 10K Classic Race Results: Mitch Nordahl 37:00 (male classic winner) Ben Koenig 41:15 Maria Hauer 42:37 (female classic winner) David Clemens 53:06 Kelly Gotfredson 53:15 Jay Johnson 54:32 Anne McKay 1:03:08 10K/6K Freestyle/Classic Tour Alex Sassi (10K) Cole Pfund (10K) John Pfund (10K) Massimo Sassi (10K) Samuel Huff (10K) Enrico Sassi (10K)
After 16+ inches new snow since last week and the overnight continuing fresh snowfall of 4 additional inches of new snow, Rainbow Resort groomer (Keith Schumann) regroomed the race course at 2am in the morning to get the course ready. After the super performance of American Birkie race last Sat., Team Strong Heart elite skier Matt Liebch came out and celebrated with skiers and Team Strong Heart supporters. While the condition is slow with fresh snow, Matt broke and brought the race course record down by 12 seconds (24:29).
27 xc skiers (ages from 9 to 60) from ND, CO, MN, and WI participated in today's 10th Anniversary RAINBOW REDEZVOUS ski event. At the post race event, Matt Liebsch recapped his 2012 American Birkie race and his Team Strong Heart charity mission to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Dave Clemens also recapped his Vasaloppet International Exchange races in Sweden, USA, Japan and China (2012). It was a beautiful day of skiing and racing with blue sky and little wind. Thanks to all the participants and volunteers. Next year's 11th RAINBOW RENDEVOUS ski event is on March 2, 2013, Sat. See you next year.
--Amy Xu, Race Director