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!

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.

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.

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

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.