Peru Nordic’s young gun, Jon Santor, finally broke through with a victory in the VHCS. Santor paced his first lap perfectly and had a fast enough second lap in the annual In Like a Lion, Slaughtered Like a Lamb Race. This race celebrates Peru Nordic’s favorite month, March. Like the Roman God of War for which it is named, March can be a cruel but awe-inspiring month. The NYSSRA Race Season ends, but the VHCS race heats up. Days get warmer, but there is more light. Winter comes to a close, but the skiing is usually great!
In the Lamb Slaughter Race, skiers first ski a “lamb lap” around the 4 km race course. Without wearing a watch, skiers must get close to a 16 minute lap. They then follow this with a fast “lion lap” around the 1.5 km race loop. Skiers incur huge penalties if they are too fast on the first lap. Jim Kobak and Chris Rose both blew it on their opening laps by being about 90 seconds too fast. “I like to think that when I ski slowly, I ski fast,” commented Rose. Santor, on the other hand, dialed in a perfect pace and kept it right around 16 minutes, “I still am feeling a little full from last week’s race…” On the hot lap, Kobak and Rose killed it with 4:55 and 5:00 times respectively. Santor was a little slower, with a 5:29, but after all of the time penalties were handed out, he remained on top of the leader board to collect his first win.
Steve Bailey, a little too fast on the lamb lap and just a hair too slow on the lion lap finished second. Jayce Ashline put together two good efforts, and Charlie Mitchell, getting ready for next ski season, did his laps on is compu-trainer.
Official LAMB SLAUGHTER Results:
In spite of the recent groomer trouble at MitcHELLbeiner Skistadion and the upcoming spring weather conditions, the VHCS will continue for as long as possible. Next up is the Peru National Championships to be held this weekend at MVH. Then, races like the MitchellVasa, the MitcHELLMENKOLLEN, and the MitcHELLbeiner Rennet are still on the docket… stay tuned.
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