Record breaking participation numbers saw 68 people out enjoying the 29th Annual Tweedsmuir Ski Club X-Country Ski Race Event on March 1st, 2015. We were back the original race distances after a two year stint of using laps of only the seven kilometre meadow loop due to unfavourable weather condition).
Participants skied either three, seven, 12 or 24 km and although there was little to no sun this year, we still had a good event as the temperature made for some great skiing conditions. Soup, hot drinks and potluck snacks after the race helped keep people warm as they waited for other skiers and the mug/trophy award presentation.
The 40+ age category had the largest turnout this year with 21 participants followed closely by the 17-39 age group with 19 participants. We also had a great youth and kids turnout as well, with participation prizes and treasure bins to help motivated the little ones! A big shout-out to the youngest participants – four-year old Eric Boileau, six-year old Morgan Boileau, and six-year old Seton Bernier for being the youngest skiers to complete the seven-kilometer loop!
A huge congratulations to Tim deGrace who was our overall winner this year with a 24 kilometre time of 1:58:12 followed closely by Grant McCartney with a time of 2:07:40
A big thank-you to everyone who helped out on race day, especially Lyle Enderud and Duane Pederson who tirelessly groom our ski trails and keep them in topnotch shape. Thanks to Kyah Saban and Ralph for setting up and registration, Lisa and John for time keeping, Alex and the Outdoor Ed kids for set up and take down, and Dave for manning the seven kilometre juice station.
It was wonderful to see so many people up enjoying the ski trails and event, thanks to everyone for participating and supporting the race. Hopefully we’ll see everyone next year for the 30th Annual Tweedsmuir X-Country Ski Race.