Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wednesday Night Series #6: 2X 4X 1.1K of Slop and Mayhem

Here's the Official Run Down from Series Organizer Ken Leary

Raphaela Sieber and Cody Priest (in shorts) skied to first place in the final WNRace for the 2010/11 season. A four lap relay on the North Forty trail had 12 teams of two and one team of three skiing 8 laps individually. A party followed the race with pizza, refreshments and series prizes totaling over $600.00 from our sponsors. Somebody went home with TOKO Jet Stream powder.

I would like to thank again our WNRace sponsors Joel Buth at Goldstream Sports, Greg Whisenhant at Beaver Sports, Mike Hajdukovich at Challenge life LLC, the Daily News-Miner and Bob Eley and the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks. Please thank these individuals personally and support their businesses when possible.

If you have an interest in a few spring races this April, email me and we will try and put together a few short 5-10k races while the snow is good. Pleae send all feedback to

Thank you for coming out this year for races and we'll see you again next year for the WNRace Series 2011/12.

Tonight's Results:

1. Cody Priest/Raphaela Sieber 28:13
2. Wayne Peppler/Dave Arvey 28:43
3. Jim Button/Roger Sayre 28:50 (geezers, age 45 and 53)
4. Will Coleman/Rebecca Kornieczny 29:36
5. Alex Morris/Alan Spangler 30:06
6. Stefan & Mike Hajdukovich 30:07
7. Dave Edic/Bob Baker 32:02 (geezers, age 53 and 53)
8. Joel Pierson/Julia Pierson 32:59
9. Sam Hiltenbrand/Tristan Sayre 33:09 (youth, age 13)
10.Davya Flaharty/Mark Ross/Ken Leary 34:05 (Ross & Leary were slow)
11.Matt Stoller/Brandon Hoover 40:23
12.Jim Smith/John McKinney 41:15

Here's my Unofficial Report

With 3 inches of fresh snow and warm temperatures (30s and 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday) the trails for the final Wenesday Night Race was described by several skiers as "sucky" in that it sucked and the moisture sucked any speed out of your skis.

With just 12 teams the field was small but included a competitive group of skiers, including several current and former University of Alaska women's skiers plus men's skiers just off of the Alaska marathon circuit.

UAF student Will Coleman took off quickly and blasted to a 10 second lead over up and coming marathon specialist and UAF student Cody Priest, with Jim Button close behind. UAF's Rebecca Kornieczny held the lead through her leg, but NCAA qualifier Raphaela Sieber had caught up by the tag off. Priest took the lead on his second circuit, which the team extended as the race proceeded. Meanwhile a tight, accordian-like, three way race developed for 2nd place developed between the masters team of Button/Sayre, 30-somethings Peppler/Arvey, and the Coleman/Kornieczny duo.

By the end of 8 grueling laps (everyone looked rather uncomforatable!) the Priest/Sieber team prevailed with a 30 seconds lead over Peppler/Arvey, who were 7 seconds ahead of Button/Sayre.

My Own Personal Race Report

You're darn right that sucked! Very hard effort. I was right behind Sieber on the first leg and tried to hang with her, quickly throwing myself into oxygen debt. This resulted in an asthma attack which instensified after I got home and lasted through most of the night. But hey, that's racing. Sign me up for next year.

Post Race Party

Racers convened at Ken Leary's house, right off of the Birch Hill trails, for pizza and refreshments. And the sponsors provided an array of door prizes, waxes, and gear so everyone won something.

Overall Champions
Men - Wayne Peppler
Women - Julia Pierson
Masters - Dave Edic
Youth - Kuba Grzeda


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