Bechtel Park Trail Maintenance on Saturday, October 24th, 2015

The WRNSC’s annual maintenance and wood chipping of trail sections that wind through the Bechtel Park forest will be held this Saturday October 24th. This ongoing work is essential in order to maintain the base for our winter ski trails. We need as many hands as possible, so please consider joining us.

Lunch is provided to all volunteers. This effort is also eligible for Ontario High School Diploma volunteer hours.

When: Saturday October 24th, from 8:30 am – 12:00 noon. You can contribute the whole morning or just a portion of it.

Where: Meet at the trail entrance near the children’s playground (across from the baseball diamond). Plenty of parking is available beside the playground.

How: Wear safe and appropriate clothing for rain, sunshine or cool temperatures. Gloves would be a good idea to protect your hands.

Bring: A wheelbarrow (or two), T-rake, shovel, garden fork or large garbage bin for moving wood chips. Drinking water and
a snack are also recommended.

Children/Youth Ski Equipment Rental Pick-up on Sunday, October 18th

The WRNSC will be holding its annual ski equipment rental event for children and youth on Sunday, October 18th. Please arrive early for the best equipment selection.

Ski equipment rental is for club members only. It is strongly recommended that you register online at Zone 4 before arrival to pick up children & youth equipment, in order to speed up the process.
To register, place your cursor on “Programs & Membership, then click on “Online Registration” to go directly to the club’s Zone 4 registration page. When registering on Zone 4, you can also select what equipment your child will require i.e. skis, boots and/or poles.

Payment can be made online with a credit card or bring a cheque on October 18th. Please bring your Zone 4 receipt with you as proof of registration (and payment, if a credit card was used).

Ski equipment is rented on a seasonal basis & must be returned by/at the club’s Annual Banquet, held in early spring.

Please note: There is no Adult rental ski equipment available.

When: Sunday, October 18th, 2015, 2 pm – 4 pm.
Where: Room 101, at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex (101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo).

Orion #3: Classic Team Sprint – Thurs Feb 26

WRSC invites you to our final Orion racing series event of the season.

Update Wed Feb 25, 11am
The temperatures are looking promising for Thursday night — it looks like we’ll be at or above the temperature cut-off for all age groups.  Stay tuned to confirm temperatures for the Atom & Pee Wee age groups.

Update Sat Feb 22
We’re keeping an eye on the temperature forecast.  The cut-off is -15ºC for Atom & Pee Wee age groups, and -20ºC for everyone else.


Thurs Feb 26, 2015
registration: race day, 6:15-6:45pm
race start 7:00pm (100m qualifier & race, then 400m, then 900m)
– exact times TBA on race day.  900m qualifier should start around 8:00-8:15pm

Cost:   (cash only, bring exact change)
WRNSC youth program participants         included in program fee
WRNSC members                                    $2 ea.
Non-members                                          $5 ea.

The team sprint format has two athletes completing alternating laps of a sprint course, with a tag-off exchange between each lap.  Each athlete completes the course 3 times.  This race is classic technique only (no skating).  We will run a mass-start qualifying race beforehand to make the teams.

100m: atom, beginner pee-wee boys & girls (2003 & younger)
400m: experienced pee-wee, midget, juvenile boys & girls (1999-2004)
900m: open (1998 & older)

Categories and distances subject to change based on registration numbers.

Waterloo Snow Festival – Try Cross-Country Skiing and Get Hooked for Life

Come on out, the snow is great!

The Waterloo Region Nordic Sports Club invites the local community to join us on Sunday, February 8 for a snow festival. We are inviting our youth members to bring a friend with them to the event. The community in general is also cordially invited to come out and experience why we love cross country skiing, and why we look forward to winter.

If you have cross country ski equipment, please bring it.  WRNSC is also offering to loan our rental equipment to guests for the event, so non-skiers can experience the joy of gliding on snow.

Guests will be invited to take part in a lesson, play some snow games, participate in an obstacle race, and enjoy hot refreshments.

Registration starts at 12:30 in the gym at Bridgeport Public School, Bridge Street, Kitchener. For this day only, Bunnyrabbit and Jackrabbit skiers will also meet at Bridgeport Public School.

King’s Court Sprints Results


It was a gloomy day, threatening snow which never came, but the participants in the first King’s Court Sprints at Bechtel Park had a great time.  There was lots of racing, as the King’s Court format has every athlete participating in every race in their category.  The course crew did a great job in shoveling snow and preparing the course, and the rest of the volunteers contributed to a fun day.  Thanks to everyone who participated and volunteered.  The full results are available by following this link:


Orion #1 – Cookie Race Results – Updated

The Cookie Race on January 18 was a great success for all 44 competitors and the numerous volunteers.  Most of our Bunnyrabbits raced and had a grand time, especially with the cookie and hot chocolate at the end.  The light drizzle before the races made it a challenge for the course crew but then it turned to a light snow for the races – magical.  The race results by category follow.

Category Athlete Name Results (min:sec)
Bunnyrabbit James Drost 4:56
Iain Sunday 5:34
Sophia Loncar 6:59
Bethany Armstrong 7:10
Anna Prgin 7:31
Maeve Sunday 7:48
Annika Weiler 7:55
Michael Kitaev 8:01
Ivan Bardelcik 8:30
Sport Atom Raymon Drost 4:09
Adeline Latour 4:10
Franny Jenkins 4:35
Isabella Gancevich 4:37
Aibhe McCluskey 4:49
Caelyn McLaren 5:03
McLean Muir 5:21
Grace Kennedy 5:28
Catie Kennedy 6:00
Luka Loncar 6:03
Kathryn Stirling 6:26
Celeste Armstrong 7:15
Sport Pee-wee Stella Jenkins 5:11
Maya Gancevich 6:05
Euan Muir 6:07
Fiacra McCluskey 6:13
Alec Beaton 6:31
Qasim Kamal 6:38
Ryland Burns 7:11
Erika Peach 7:18
Robert Campbell 7:22
Alister Muir 7:28
Sara Webb 7:49
Atom Klara Stjarne 6:10
Eily Woodman 7:49
Kaia Hulme 8:56
Pee-wee Marie-Anne Dods 6:47
Nadia Vorobieva 6:55
Simon Baer 8:14
Hannah Weiler 8:46
Sydney Baer 9:23
Cayla Weiler 17:28
Midget Sydney Rasberry 9:32
Katie Maddis 10:09
Samuel Morin 10:31
Heather Ebel 10:35

Don’t forget the King’s Court Sprints on January 24 and the next Orion race on February 26.  See you there!

Waterloo King’s Court Sprints – Sat Jan 24

Update Thurs Jan 22
After a bit more shoveling last night, the course is in excellent condition.  There should only be one spot with a bit of grass showing through, but other than that, we have full coverage.

Update Wed Jan 21
Thanks to the shoveling efforts of volunteers, the race is on!  The 1300m race will use the 900m course instead.  Our warmup loop is not suitable for race skis.  Bring both training and race skis so that you can make the call which to use for racing.
Also new: we added a “Beginner Pee Wee” category with a shorter distance.

Update Sun Jan 18
We took a hit from the warm weather, so we have some thin spots.  We did some shoveling today, so things look promising for holding the race.  Depending on what mother nature decides, we may be eliminating the 1300m course and using the 900m course instead.


WRNSC is proud to host the Waterloo King’s Court Sprints on Sat Jan 24, a part of the SOD Paraffin Race Series.

Registration: — closes Thus Jan 22 8pm
Late Registration: $10 extra per racer

If cancellation is required due to poor trail conditions, the decision will be announced by Thurs Jan 22 5pm on

Schedule:  Sat Jan 24
Race Office Opens:                          8:30am
Bib Pickup:                                       8:30am
Qualification (500m & 900m):          10:00am
Heats (100m):                                 11:00am
Heats (500m & 900m):                    11:30pm
Detailed heat schedule TBD based on registrations

Heats for each group will run to completion before starting the next group. Races will run from shortest distance to longest distance.

Atom category: $10
All other categories: $15
late registration: $10 extra
Competitors who do not return their bib at the end of the race will be charged $100 for replacement of each bib.

Races will be free technique.  Athletes will first compete in the individual-start qualifiers, and will then be seeded into mass-start heats with four skiers. All athletes racing the same distance will be combined for heats. The first two athletes in each heat will move up to the next fastest heat, and the remaining two athletes will move down. We will run 2-4 heats per category depending on the number of registered athletes.

There will be no qualification round the 100m distance; these skiers will only compete in heats.

This race is a part of the Southern Ontario District Paraffin Series. We ask that no fluoro-based waxes and toppers are used on any athlete’s skis. Let’s make this a fun and accessible race for everyone.

Category Age Dec 31, 2014 Year of Birth Distance
Atom Girls / Boys 0-8 2006 & younger 100 m
Beginner Pee-wee Girls / Boys 9-11 2003 – 2005 100 m
Pee-wee Girls / Boys 9-11 2003 – 2005 500 m
Midget Girls / Boys 12-13 2001 – 2002 500 m
Juvenile Girls / Boys 14-15 1999 – 2000 900 m
Junior Girls / Boys 16-17 1997 – 1998 900 m
Open Women / Men 18+ 1996 & older 1300 m 900 m
Paranordic Standing 900 m
Paranordic Sitski 900 m*

Washrooms will be available, but there is no indoor resting space for athletes.  Be prepared to spend the day outside.
Drinks and fruit will be provided at the finish line. There is no canteen on site, however, there is a Tim Hortons nearby.
Please let us know if you are bringing sitski athletes so that we can discuss appropriate courses.

Given current snow conditions, bring both rock skis and race skis so that you can make the decision as to which pair you want to race on.

Please contact Colin Rhodes for more information.

The Cookie Race is on January 18!

Waterloo Region Nordic Ski Club presents the first race of the 2015 Orion Race Series, The Cookie Race. All competitors will win – a cookie and a hot drink.

We will be using an Interval  Start, and the race is free technique.

The distances and courses have been set to enable this year’s beginners to compete in the Sport classes. Experienced skiers will be offered longer and more challenging courses, so the competition will be interesting for all.

The races will be held at Bechtel Park, Waterloo.   Registration will start at 1:30 inside the soccer building.

Entry fee is $2 for WRNSC members who are not youth program participants, and $5 for non-members. Race registration is included in the annual program fee for WRNSC youth program participants – and all Bunnyrabbits, Jackrabbits and Magic Rabbits will be preregistered in the race. Please bring cash and exact change.

Categories will be as follows:

Bunny                                dob 2009 and later                                                250m

Sport Atom                         dob 2006-2008, this year’s beginners                   400m

Atom                                  dob 2006-2008, experienced skiers                     1000m

Sport PeeWee                  dob 2003-2005, this year’s beginners                      700m

PeeWee                            dob 2003-2005, experienced skiers                       1200m

Midget and Juvenile          dob 1999-2002                                                       2.5km

Junior                                dob 1997-1998                                                       2.5km

Open                                 dob 1996 and earlier                                               2.5km


The order of races will be:

Bunny                                                                2:30pm

Sport Atom                                                         2:45 (est)

Sport PeeWee                                                    3:00 (est)

Atom                                                                   3:15 (est)

PeeWee                                                              3:35 (est)

Midget/Juvenile/Junior/Open                               3:55 (est)

The final race schedule will depend upon the number of entries in each category. Races will start as soon as v-boards are positioned and the course is declared to be open.