“You rise… fall… you’re down and you rise again… What don’t kill ya make ya more strong” -James Hetfield
Broken skis, a batallion of burly young skiers and blistering, biting winds couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Peru Nordic Masters as they geared up for battle in the Harry Eldridge Race series.
On Saturday, the 7.5 km Classic was held on a new, albeit fairly easy course. It was the type of course perfect for double polers and the phantasmic kick-double-poltergeist! Unfortunately, it played into the hands of the many college kids and Northeastern Young Phenoms that usually leave the Peru Nordic Masters well enough alone. Undaunted, Mike Wynn led the Peru Nordic Charge with a strong showing… 2nd to Jacked Up Old Man among Masters. The field was so incredibly tough, however, that top gun Wynn finished 31st overall (2nd M3). He was followed by Chris Rose, in 41st place and Jim Kobak in 48th (They did go 1-2 in the M2 category). Jon Santor was 56th, followed by David Kvam in 58th. Steve Bailey was 67th (the top M4!) with Joe Korzenecki in 70th and Bob Maswick in 73rd (2nd and third M5s). David Hunter was 75th (#1 amongst M6s!) and Ed Lis finished 79th (3rd M3). Janet Findlay finished 31st in the women’s field (1st in the m5, and 3rd overall master!).
On Sunday, the 15 k mass start freestyle race enabled the Peru Nordic Masters to recover somewhat from the thrashing of the day before. Mike Wynn led the charge once again, battling the young bucks to finish 8th overall (2nd Master and 2nd M3). Chris Rose and Jim Kobak worked together, as if they ski together all the time, picking off rivals one by one to move up to 20th and 22nd overall (1st/2nd M2). Jon Santor and Stan Hatch came in 29th and 30th (stan was 1st M4!). Joe Korzenecki, Brian Delaney and Bob Maswick were 30th, 31st and 46th (1-2-3 in the M5 category). Jim Adams finished 56th (3rd in the m7). The effort of the day goes to David Kvam, who announced at the start of the race that “…this is it, this is MY personal championship!!.” Kvam was run over at the start by some young punk. His ski was splintered into pieces. He left the course, hopping on one ski, ran into the Peru Nordic War Room, picked up an extra pair of skis (just happened to be Kobak’s fast Fischer RCSs) and fought, clawed and elbowed his way through the college boys and Junior Hotshots to finish in an impressive 42nd place.
Peru Nordic looks to re-right the ship next weekend. Jim Kobak and Bob Maswick are heading to the Craftsbury Marathon to show those New England softies what real suffering looks like (oh boy, will they suffer!). Many other Peru Nordiques will be heading down to Old Forge for the NYSSRA series races and a shot at redemption. SKI AND DESTROY!