Fresh snow greeted over 160 Nordic Skiers at Silver Star Mountain Resort for the Silver Star 75 Cross Country Ski Challenge! There were 54 solo athletes and 18 teams which is a fabulous turn out for a first year event! People came from eastern Canada, Alberta, Pacific Northwest US and the lower mainland. It was great to hear all the positive remarks during and after the event. The race started at 8:00am in the Silver Star Village center and skiers looped around a 7.5 km course. We chose the 7.5 km course so there were always lots of people near by other skiers on the course. People loved the action that provided and relay teams could cheer on the team mates as the continued on another lap. Also having the elite skiers going by showed how fast they really ski.
â€œThe event was a huge success!â€ Glenn Bond Nordic Manager at Silver Star Mountain Resort â€œpeople were raving about the course and the funâ€ The fact that the relay teams were on the same course as the solo athletes provided tons of energy and excitement.
The top 3 solo women in the 75 km were 1st Sara Peters Ontario, 2nd Gudrun Pfleuger Alberta, 3rd Brooke Gosling Alberta with the winning time of 4 hours 23minutes and 59 seconds.
The top 3 solo men in the 75 km were all racing for x-c.com 1st Phil Villeneuve 2nd was a tie between Cyrus Kangarloo and Kit Richmond all from Alberta and it was a sprint finish with Phil edging out his two team mates. The winning time was 3 hours 58 minutes and 7 seconds.
The top fundraiser for the Vernon Hospital Foundation was Jack Borden and the fastest team was the Sovereign Lake Racers.
The day was capped off with a great meal at the Chilcoot Conference Center at Silver Star Mountain Resort with presentations, awards, everyone won a draw prize and finished with a spectacular slide show of the event by Don Weixl.
Some comments form the racers:
â€œI must say it was the most tiring and hardest race I have ever done but one of the most gratifying to finish. I will certainly be back next year for more punishment and pass the word around.
Great Skiingâ€ Gerry Morrison Kelowna, BC
â€œThose banks on the course were really cool. It left no place for confusion, and it showed the extra work you guys put in the course. I really liked that. And adding the flags ensured you saw the turns well in advance. Great race – it was quite phenomenal for a first.â€
Marie-Catherine Bruno Vernon, BC
For full results and photos visit www.silverstar75.com
Source: Silver Star Press Release
Women's winner Sarah Peters