West Itasca-Xmas-New Years Race Results
Conditions: Air temp. 9F-11F; very little wind; natural snow; nicely groomed lake trails. Good racing condition!
Race course: 20K/5K skate and classic, self-seated mass start
Commentary: Nellie Stone Johnson Middle School Ski Team (a City of Lakes Loppet Foundation outreach ski program) celebrated its holiday season by participating in a holiday ski camp at Rainbow Resort, learned techniques, and then participated in today’s WEST ITASCA Xmas New Year race events at the end of the camp. The race events were some of these kids’ first race event. They had a chance to ski/race with their own Birkie elite-wave coaches, the World Cup biathlete, the winner of the 48K classic winner at Pepsi Challenge… The coolest thing to watch was how these kids cheered on their coaches after they finished their own 5K races and also their BIG smiles after crashing the finish line. Each racer got their door prizes and post-race refreshments. We wish them to continue learning how to ski and loving the sports of xc skiing for many years to come. Driving 4 hours to race this event was simply the determination - it was not a problem according to Jim Smith, a regular racer at the Elm Creek Wed Night ski race series. Troutners were not strangers to many, and we all welcome them back to the MN winter wonderland. Wish everyone Merry Christmas and happy holidays.
5K Freestyle(F)/Classic(C) Audrey Weber 13:29 (F) Andrew Magill 16:42 (F) Kris Cubias 38:02 (F) Addfo Daminguez 45:59 (F) 5K Freestyle(F)/Classic(C) Litavius Munn 30:20 (C) Bryce Holt 30:21 (C) Jon Ramicez 40:36 (C) Ronaldo Gabire 48:51 (C) 20K Freestyle (F)/Classic (C) Steve Troutner 1:18:22 (F) 20K Freestyle (F)/Classic (C) Jon Miller 54:37 (C) Jim Smith 1:03:42 (C) Jill Troutner 1:10:41 (C)-- Doug Schumann (Timer/Results), Amy Xu (Race Director)