Peru Nordic Withstands Bitter Cold at Masters’ Nationals!

Kobak in the Masters Nationals 10 km

Members of the Peru Nordic Masters saddled up and headed over to Craftsbury VT for the 2010 AXCS Masters’ National Championship.  This event featured three races, the Masters National Championship 10 km Freestyle, the Onion River Sports “Dash for Cash” and the Craftsbury 50 km Classic Marathon.

Most of the team established base camp at the Sunset Motor Lodge in Morrisville, NY, consuming copious amounts of pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts to fuel up for the races.

Craftsbury had experienced the same rainstorm that NY had earlier in the week.  Nevertheless, the snow-farming efforts of the Craftsbury crew produced an excellent track, with only a few stones mixed in.

On Thursday, the Peru Nordiques clashed with the best Masters skiers in the 10 km freestyle. Jim Kobak put in the fastest Peru time, finishing in 38th place overall, 9th in the M3 category, followed by Ed Lis in 15th place.  Joe Korzinecki finished 8th in the M5’s.  Bob Maswick finished 19th in the M6.  Janet Findlay finished 5th among M6 women.  David Hunter finished in 7th and Chris Beattie finished 9th in the M7 division.

On Friday, the bitter temperatures moved in.  Much time was spent devoted to ski prep and waxing for Saturday’s 50 km race.  The final solution was a thin layer of KR40 covered with layers of VR40. Jim Kobak was the lone Peru Nordic representative in the “Dash for Cash” on Friday evening.  Temperatures were just around zero, but the 20 mph wind was brutal.  Kobak finished 30th in qualifying on the 200 meter course, good enough to finish 2nd overall among M3’s.  Because of the numbing cold, Kobak opted out of the M3/M4 final, saving his effort for the next day’s Marathon.

Saturday dawned clear and cold.  Temperatures dropped to -10F overnight.  As Peru Nordic’s bravest huddled near the start, the air had warmed to -4 f.  Stan Hatch joined the rest of the crew for the 50 km race and, with his fresh legs, skied the fastest Peru Nordic 50 km of the day, finishing in 75th place just under 3 hours and 14 minutes.  He was followed by Jim Kobak, just a couple of minutes behind in 80th place.  Janet Findlay, Chris Beattie and David Hunter also made it through the grueling 31 mile race.  The extreme  cold was difficult to manage.  Bob Maswick suffered frost nip on his feet and pulled out of the 25 km after one lap.  Joe Korzinecki and Ed Lis had strong finishes in the 25 km race, and helped to assist those who needed thawing out in the medical tent after the race.  Lots of frozen fingers, toes and faces were evident at the finish.

After the race, the Peru Nordiques headed back to the Hard Side of Lake Champlain to get ready for next weekend’s Lake Placid Loppet!  Ski and Destroy!!

Inertia TV covered all of the action…. Watch it below:

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