Orion #1 Results

The first race of the 2014 WRNSC Orion series went off on Thursday with a total of 15 competitors.  This event was a unique format — athletes skied multiple loops of a course, with the length of the loop and number of loops varying per age group.  The first competition was for who could ski the most consistent times for each loop.  The second competition took into account both consistency and speed.

The queen of consistency was Caelyn McLaren, who skied in the youngest age group (8 and younger), racing through two laps of the soccer field while being cheered on by fans.  She completed both laps in exactly the same time — 3 minutes and 50 seconds.  Caelyn was followed closely by Juvenile Boy Jacob Van Boekel in second with a two second spread.  In a tie for third with an eight second spread were Pee Wee Girl Sydney Baer and Masters Man Bill Henry.

Full Results:
Most Consistent: http://goo.gl/SWkPTM
Combined Results by Category: http://goo.gl/xmJlmk

Thanks to all the competitors who came out, especially the crowd from Stratford area.  Thanks as well to all of the volunteers — we couldn’t do it with out you.

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We’ve managed to pack the tennis court loop, fields and the cemetary loop  for skating. The woodland trails are still icy and uneven. There are a few grassy sections on the tennis court loop. Sorry the tracks are limited, but the forcast for Sunday calls for more snow.

Orion Skate Sprint Results

Thursday was a great evening for a ski race – great snow and nice weather.  Twenty-six athletes, including a large contingent from the University of Guelph, participated in the Orion Skate Sprints.  After an initial race to determine starting positions, a series of heats (3 or 4 skiers to a heat) was run to find the fastest skiers.  Here are the results.

400 m      ages up to 10

First place – Sydney Baer   (WRNSC)

Second place – Cecilia Erb   (WRNSC)

Third place – Caelyn MacLaren   (WRNSC)

900 m      ages 14 to 17 plus recreational adults

First place, A final – Colin Ebel   (WRNSC)

Second place, A final – Rigel Conway-White   (WRNSC)

Third place, A final – Jacob Van Boekel

Fourth place, A final – Heather Ebel  (WRNSC)

First place, B final – Bill Henry   (WRNSC)

1300 m   ages 18 and over, competitive

First place, A final – Lucas Parsons   (U of Guelph)

Second place, A final – Ian Ritchie   (U of Guelph)

Third place, A final – Matt Underwood   (U of Guelph)

Fourth place, A final – Shaun Guerin   (U of Guelph)

First place, B final – Kai Bruce   (U of Guelph)

First place, Consolation A final – Cam Thompson   (U of Guelph)

First place, Consolation B final – Elise Huet   (U of Guelph)

The jelly beans and chocolate hearts for participants were a big hit, especially right before Valentine’s Day.

Orion #1: Consistency Race – Thurs Jan 16

Jan 16 Update 2: Changed Junior Boys / Girls distance again to 3 x 1.6 km.

Jan 16 Update: Updated distances, course maps: http://goo.gl/0DDAZR

Jan 14 Update: The trails are icy, but we have enough snow to race on the upper loops.  Bring your old skis!

Waterloo Region Nordic Ski Club presents the first event of our 2014 Orion Series.  This event will involve athletes skiing a loop several times, and the final time will be the slower lap plus the difference in time between the slowest and fastest lap.  The race will be followed by games.

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

Schedule:
Registration        6:15pm – 6:45pm               (inside soccer building)
Race Start          7:00pm interval start, youngest first

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

Format:
Races will be free technique interval start (one athlete every 15 seconds).  Athletes will ski the specified number of loops of the course continuously.  Athletes are not permitted to wear a watch.  Final score will be slowest lap plus the difference between the slowest lap and the fastest lap.

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
Midget Girls / Boys 12-13 2000 – 2001 2 x 900 m
Juvenile Girls / Boys 14-15 1998 – 1999 2 x 1.6 km
Junior Girls / Boys 16-17 1996 – 1997 3 x 1.6 km
Junior Women / Men 18-19 1994 – 1995 4 x 1.6 km
Senior Women / Men 20-30 1983 – 1993 4 x 1.6 km
Masters Women / Men 31+ 1982 and older 4 x 1.6 km

Maps:
http://goo.gl/0DDAZR

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

Many thanks to Stephan who did some grooming this morning after the rain. The skating is quite good in the fields and tennis court loop. The cemetary loop is also open. I would avoid however the playground loop and woods due to some flooding.

Keep thinking those white thoughts!!

With mild weather coming Saturday it is important for all trail users to be very sensitive to any damage they may be causing as it will affect conditions until the next time the trail can be groomed. If temperatures get below freezing Sunday Morning we maybe able to mix the icy sections with drier snow from below (renovating). If temperatures stay above freezing then we will need to wait till later in the week.

Keep your fingers crossed.

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The whole network was regroomed and trackset this morning, hopefully you get out before the flurries fill in all the tracks. The skating is quite good and the tracks would be quite firm with the cold weather. Enjoy the ski!!

All the trails are in great shape. Packed all field trails and double tracked much of the field loop and touched up the track in the woodlands. The skating trails were widened and packed. Enjoy them now before the weekend thaw. We won’t be able to touch the trails once the temperature stays above freezing.

The trails have all been renovated for skating and track set (double in much of the tennis court loop). There is a provincial snowshoe race on this morning so come out for ski and cheer on these atheletes!! We will be touching up the trails again Sunday AM for WRNSC programs.

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I made another pass over the trails this morning with the groomer to try to pack things down.  All loops have been trackset.  It will still be a bit soft, but we have lots of snow!