Elm Creek Series Results
Conditions: Air temp. 33F with little wind; snow falling through the race events; solid snow base; great racing condition.
Race course: 5K skate and classic races (5K lit trails including Valley Trail, Thicket Trail, and Northern Light Trail). The skating lanes and tracks were well groomed and transformed to a layer of crystal ice on top due to the afternoon warmer temp reaching nearly 38F, and then started to snow right about the start of the skate race.
Commentary: Looking into Dennis Curran’s eyes at the start line, one will know he is going to make tonight’s race a special night. As he delivered his efforts from the beginning, Dennis led the pack up the “Wall” and kept his lead all the way to the finish. The chase pack was led by Erik Hendrickson and Darren Halzel who rounded up the 2nd and 3rd places in the skate race. The Park Center duo, Nathaniel Johnson and Kirk Heisterkamp, worked hard to chase down the skiers one by one as they had a late start of the race. Andrea Potyondy-Smith posted the top women’s skate and classic race results, and Erik Hendrickson dominated the men’s classic race. It was tricky to find the right kick wax tonight due to the new falling snow during the race. The word of the night was from Tim Hieb, “I need hills!!!” There are plenty of hilly-course races left in the next few weeks (Snow Flakes/Inga Lami at Baker, Finlandia in Bemidji, Woodland race in Elk River, Birkie, Rainbow Rendezvous at Rainbow Resort, and Pepsi Challenge at Giant’s Ridge), check www.skinnyski.com under Racing and Racing Calendar.
Freestyle(F)/Classic(C) Dennis Curran 14:08 (F) – male winner of skate race Erik Hendrickson 14:15 (F)/16:37 (C) – male winner of classic race Darren Halzle 14:17 (F) Peter Aggen 14:46 (F) John Hopkins 14:58 (F) Adam Johnson 15:27 (F)/16:57 (C) Paul Ellis 15:35 (F) Nathaniel Johnson 16:00 (F)/17:17 (C) Tim Hieb 17:40 (F) Nathan Olsen 17:48 (F) Noah Arel 17:53 (F) Andrea Potyondy-Smith 20:16 (F)/23:50 (C) – female winner of both skate and classic races Nicolle Fisher 21:18 (F) Kirk Heisterkamp /18:17 (C) Christopher Smith /22:26 (C) Mark Winholtz /23:52 (C)
--Melinda Silbernick (Race Director), Amy Xu (Timer/Results)