We have had lots of club members hitting the road and then eventually the ski trails all across Western Canada! This is the first of a couple stories about our club members adventures. There are lots of great annual events that ski clubs around the country and province host! It is our goal to continue to grow the Yorkton Cross Country Ski Club to enable us to host an event that attracts skiers from all across Saskatchewan and western side of Manitoba to our great facilities in Yorkton Deer Park.
Please visit the Canadian Birkie site link above to get a sense of how much fun hosting a large event would be!!!! We will never be as big as the Canadian Birkie but we do have the facility to host a great ski day in Yorkton - starting in 2014??
Back to our story of Anne and Bob's great adventure in Alberta. Over 1700 skiers laced up their boots and waxed their skis to ski distances from 13KM all the way up to 55KM (with a heavy pack)!
Anne completed the 55KM (with pack) distance in 6:49:55 and finished the ski 5th in her age group! yay great work Anne. This time was slightly slower than her best Birkie finish but with the heavy and difficult waxing conditions this was a great result.
Bob skied the 31KM distance in a time of 3:35:52 and was 34th in his age group! Another great result for a YCCSC member!
Bob stepping up to the starting line in the mass start with over 1700 skiing friends!
The very confusing wax chart at the start of the race! The conditions were very challenging and skiers tried everything to keep their skis moving from no wax, to waxless skis to and every colour of the rainbow attempted in the kick wax zone! Sound like a lot of fun!
|Wouldn't it be great to see a long line like this at our event in the future!|