Haywood RACE Report: Chelsea Holmes and Lenny Valjas win Frozen Thunder Skate Races

    November 3, 2017

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    It is not very often that a race is delayed because of cold temperatures, especially as in today's case, when the race is in November. Starts were delayed by an hour as winter has definitely hit Canmore, at least for now. There was lots of snow and temperatures below -10 C. for the final competition of Frozen Thunder 2017. It may have even been possible to ski without the snowfarmed track, after a fair accumulation of snow in the last few days.

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    Today's races were interval start, skate races, 5 laps for the women and 6 for the men.

    The northerners were on the podium in the women's event as Alaska's Chelsea Holmes got her revenge over Whitehorse's Dahria Beatty, reversing the order from Wednesday's sprint race qualifier. There was a 35 second gap between them, with another Whitehorse athlete and National Team veteran, Emily Nishikawa, in 3rd. Canmore's Annika Hicks was the 3rd Canadian.

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    Dahria Beatty powering her way to 2nd place

    The top junior was India McIsaac of Foothills, followed by Kaia Andal of Caledonia and Lucie Colin of Whistler.

    Team Hardwood's Lenny Valjas, followed up his Wednesday sprint victory in classic with a distance skate win over Sun Valley's Rogan Brown. It was a tight contest, with each having some stronger laps, but Lenny prevailed at the finish line by 6 seconds. Local skier Russell Kennedy was 3rd, followed by Lappe's Andy Shields as the 3rd Canadian.

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    Lenny keeping pace with Rogan Brown, 2 laps apart.

    In the junior race Tallon Noble of Strathcona grabbed the win, ahead of Montériski's Étienne Hébert. Tom Stephen of Foothills Nordic was 3rd.

    Results

    The World Cup squad will soon depart for Gällivare, Sweden for some races Nov 17-19. The World Cup begins in Ruka, Finland on Nov 24, with a record 34 countries participating in the event, as the nations gear up for Pyeongchang 2018.

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