US NationalsUS Nationals Skate Distance Changed

FasterSkier FasterSkierJanuary 5, 2009

The free technique event will be held Monday, January 5 starting later than the published start time of 10:00AM. The race is now scheduled to begin at 1:00PM. The distances for the free technique event have been reduced to 5km for women and 10km for men. The race will be held on the course scheduled to be used for the 5k/10k classic which was January 7th.

USSA Noridc Director John Farra said shortening the distance Monday gives organizers the best chance possible to hold the race because it will decrease the window of opportunity needed to complete the event should temperatures continue to be cold.

“We need about a two-hour window this way. Shortening the races will shave about an hour and make pulling it off more of a possibility,” Farra said.

Farra said the organizers would meet Monday night to determine how they can reschedule to the sprints. It is possible they will run them Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Contributing Source: USSA

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