Orion #3: Skate Sprints – Thurs Feb 13

Waterloo Region Nordic Sports Club presents the third and marquee event of our 2014 Orion Series – skate sprints.  This race will follow the typical sprint race with individual interval start qualifications, followed by knockout heats.  The sprinting will be followed by a three-legged ski race.

Stay tuned to twitter.com/waterloonordic and wrnsc.ca for updates, including changes due to weather.

Schedule:  Thurs Feb 13
Advance Registration:    preferred for teams by Tues Feb 11 (johnd.clarke@rogers.com)
Race-day Registration:   6:00pm – 6:40pm               (inside soccer building)
Qualification:                   7:00pm interval start, youngest first
Heats:                             7:45pm

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

Races will be free technique.  Athletes will first compete in the qualifiers, and will then be seeded into mass-start heats.

Category Age Dec 31, 2013 Year of Birth Distance
Atom Girls / Boys 8- 2005 & younger 100 m
Pee-wee Girls / Boys 9-11 2002 – 2004 400 m
Midget Girls / Boys 12-13 2000 – 2001 400 m
Juvenile Girls / Boys 14-15 1998 – 1999 900 m
Junior Girls / Boys 16-17 1996 – 1997 900 m
Open Recreational 18+ – 1995 900 m
Open Women / Men 18+ – 1995 1300 m

Please contact Colin Rhodes colin.rhodes@gmail.com to volunteer or for more information.

Look under Events at wrnsc.ca for details on the other two races in the 2014 Orion Series

Thanks to Marks efforts yesterday rolling the snow in the bitter cold ..today’s trails groomed very easily. All trails and fields have been renovated and new tracks put in. The trails are quite firm and we still have some drifting section in the exposed area such as tennis court loop and at the top of the cemetary hill.

Get out and enjoy the trails, they are in the best shape they have been in all year! With last night’s cold the trails have firmed up. All trails were groomed and trackset again early this morning. The fields are still a bit thin and icy in places.

Cookie Loppet Results – Orion #2

Cookie Loppet Results – Orion #2

It was a blustery day but the Cookie Loppet went ahead on Saturday morning with 14 competitors. This second race of the 2014 WRNSC Orion race series was a fun loppet where everyone won a gold medal, cleverly disguised as a wonderful home-baked cookie. The race was a mass start event where everyone in a group started together and the first person across the finish line was the fastest. There were 3 courses of different lengths to accommodate the age and abilities of the athletes. In the Atom group (8 years old and under), Cayla Weiler came in with the fastest time on 2 laps of the soccer field, 600 metres. The Pee-Wee group (ages 9-11) saw Marie-Anne Dods with the fastest time over a course of 1800 metres. Juvenile Girls (ages 14-15) was a close race with Sydney Rasberry coming in fastest over the 5 kilometre course. In the combined Junior (ages 16-17) and Open group (ages over 17), Oliver Conway-White was the fastest skier over 7.5 kilometres. Here are the full results

Atom: 2 x 300m
Athlete                   Lap 1       Lap 2       Lap 3      Total Time
1 Cayla Weiler       0:01:09    0:02:32                    0:03:41
2 Simon Baer         0:01:16    0:03:13                    0:04:29
4 Reislyn Clarke    0:04:09    0:14:27                    0:18:36
3 Elora Clarke       0:02:46    0:05:07                    0:07:53

Pee Wee: 2 x 900m

Athlete                       Lap 1        Lap 2        Lap 3      Total Time

2 Nadia Vorovieva     0:06:00      0:07:12                    0:13:12
5 Sydney Baer           0:08:16     0:09:00                     0:17:16
1 Marie-Anne Dods    0:05:42     0:06:18                     0:12:00
4 Sacha Macdonald   0:08:14     0:08:49                     0:17:03
3 Rowan Macdonald  0:08:14     0:08:45                     0:16:59

Juvenile: 2 x 2500m

Athlete                       Lap 1            Lap 2      Lap 3        Total Time
1 Sydney Rasberry    0:15:36        0:15:44                     0:31:20
2 Heather Ebel           0:15:38        0:16:09                     0:31:47

Junior: 3 x 2500m

Athlete                      Lap 1            Lap 2           Lap 3        Total Time
1 Ben Allen               0:14:03         0:15:43        0:15:56     0:45:42

Open: 3 x 2500m

Athlete                            Lap 1             Lap 2            Lap 3       Total Time
1 Oliver Conway-White   0:10:33          0:10:53         0:10:45     0:32:11
2 Rigel Conway-White    0:12:36          0:13:48         0:14:23     0:40:47

Thanks to all the competitors for coming out. Thanks also to our officials who braved the weather to come out and put on the event. We hear you all had a great time.
Stay tuned for information on our Sprint races coming up on February 13.

All the trails were rolled packed and trackset this morning. The Tennis court loop is still a bit thin and all the trails are soft. These will firm up with more use. Our plan to to groom again Sunday AM. Enjoy the ski.

Stephan and I managed to renovate the trail network this morning. It took some 4 hours to remove  some of the damage done by traffic on the trails during the mild spell.  The trails are in good shape for skating but be aware that some deep footfalls couldn’t be removed. Unfortunately we didn’t have an opportunity to set new tracks.There is one icy spot one the woods loop to be careful of.

Go Canada Go!!

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I groomed the entire network today for skate and classic.  The trails are in great shape.  The classic track went in really well in some areas, and not so much in areas with not much snow over top of the grass or ice.


The Cookie Loppet on Saturday

Orion Race #2 – The Cookie Loppet – Saturday, Jan 25

Come one, come all to the Cookie Loppet, Waterloo Region Nordic’s second race of the year!

Waterloo Region Nordic Ski Club presents the second event of our 2014 Orion Series. This event will involve athletes skiing a loop several times, and the fastest time in each class will be the time winner, but all competitors will win – you get cookies. The race will be followed by games.

Stay tuned to twitter.com/waterloonordic and wrnsc.ca for updates, including changes due to weather.

9:00 – 9:45 registration (inside soccer building), start warmups
10:00 start Atoms
10:14 start sitski
10:15 start 2-lap Pee-wees
10:17 start 1-lap Pee-wees
10:30 start Juniors and Opens
10:32 start Midget and Juvenile
11:15 all done!

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

Races will be any technique (classic or free) mass start for each class. Note that Pee-wee skiers can sign up to do either one or two laps of the course.
Category       Age Dec 31, 2013       Year of Birth            Distance
Atom Girls / Boys      8-                       2005 & younger      2 x 300 m
Pee-wee Girls / Boys 9-11                  2002 – 2004           2 x 900 m or 1 x 900 m
Midget Girls / Boys    12-13                2000 – 2001           2 x 2.5 km
Juvenile Girls / Boys  14-15               1998 – 1999            2 x 2.5 km
Junior Girls / Boys     16-17               1996 – 1997            3 x 2.5 km
Open Women / Men  18+                  1995 –                     3 x 2.5 km

Highlands Nordic Ski Trip on Saturday January 31st, 2015

The 9th annual ski trip to Highlands Nordic (http://www.highlandsnordic.on.ca/), courtesy of the WRNSC and the Grand Valley Trails Association, will be on Saturday, January 31st, 2015. Travel will be aboard a very comfortable Ayr’s coach bus.
Highlands is a great family destination, with 24 km of impeccably groomed trails for classic and skate skiing. Novice to expert skiers will find a trail to match their abilities. For a different pace, there’s also 7 km of snowshoe trails and a toboggan hill (bring your own toboggan, but no GT Racers or stand-on sleds). The ski centre also provides ski equipment rentals (both classic and skate), pro & service shops (they’ll even wax your skis), change rooms, waxing facilities and a full service cafeteria that offers hot soup and sandwiches, hot and cold drinks & fresh baked goods.

Trip cost includes bus fare & ski trail fee. The fee is non-refundable, unless the trip is cancelled. Advance registration and payment is required. Registration and payment deadline is Friday January 16th.

Fee for WRNSC members: Adults – $40; Children over 6 & Youths (18 & under) – $25; Children 6 & under – $12. Fee for Adult non-members is $48.
Make your cheque payable to the “Waterloo Region Nordic Sports Club“, and mail it to: WRNSC, P.O. Box 40031, Waterloo, ON N2J 4V1. Please include the number of participants, with their names, age group, contact phone # and e-mail address.

Skiers will be picked up in Waterloo, at Conestoga Mall. Please arrive before 8:00 am. Park vehicles at the parking lot north of Target (the old Zellers store). Enter off of Conestoga Road – the parking lot will be to the left. Park as far away from the building as possible.
The approximate arrival time back to K-W is 5 – 6 PM (dependent on road/weather conditions).
To reserve your seats, contact Greg at info@wrnsc.ca.

I packed and track set the trails this morning. There is a bit of fresh snow on top, but the trails are in great shape.