HURT Nordic’s Brian Halligan took advantage of Austin Huneck’s “Campus Tour 2012” to claim his first SUFFERFEST World Championship. Halligan has turned an impressive double this season, capturing both the IRON MAIDEN TRIATHLON and now the SUFFERFEST.
Halligan was tested early by Joe “More doped wheels than you can count” Korzinecki who pounced on the field early in the race. Korz was reeled in by his Black Train of Pain teammates who controlled the pace for most of the lower flanks of the race.
Halligan separated from the field and was immediately chased by the trio of Chris Rose, Jim Kobak and Keith Kogut who employed team tactics, taking turns pulling up the unrelenting slope. Finally the trio launched Rose, who made up lots of ground on Halligan, but ultimately fell short. Kobak out paced Kogut for the Bronze. Kogut narrowly held off a resilient Joe Korzinecki for the wooden medal.
A huge field of 18 skiers took part in the annual race to the summit of Prospect Mt. in Lake George. The field was impressive and highly competitive, a virtual “who’s who” of Nordic Skiing’s elite, with 4 former Sufferfest world champions, the past two defending NYSSRA Nordic Cross Country Skiing State Champions, 4 former Carnival of Sins Champions, 3 Iron Maiden Triathlon Champions, 2 Angel of Death Champions, 2 Peru Nordic Masters Masters Champions, and the defending Iron Maiden XTERRA Champion. Asphalt Thunder!!!