With cloudy weather just around zero the WinSport Frozen Thunder skate races got underway AT the Canmore Nordic Centre. The men were racing 15k on a 2km loop with lots of passing and pacing taking place on the course.
The early leader was Devon Kershaw and he held on to victory on the last part of the course shaking off a determined challenge by veteran U.S. skier Kris Freeman. Freeman finished 5 seconds behind Kershaw. 3rd and 4th places went to Canadian National Team Biathlon skiers Scott Perras and Brendan Green.
It as an interesting start to the year for Devon, who usually has a bit of a slow start at the begining of the season, but certainly skied strongly on Frozen Thunder against top class competition.
Scott Perras chases Devon Kershaw
The top Junior Man was Julian Smith of Georgian Bay Nordic followed closely by Pearce Hanna of Rocky Mountain Racers and then a bit over a minute later by Canmore biathlete Aidan Millar.
The women's 10k race was a close battle between Canmore biathlete Rosanna Crawford and Liz Stephen of the U.S. Team. Crawford prevailed by a 3 second margin. Another Canadian biathlete, Zina Kocher was 3rd. Alysson Marshall was the 3rd Canadian finishing behind the U.S. duo of Caitlin Gregg and Ida Sargent.
Maya MacIssac-Jones was the top junior in 19th overall followed by her Rocky Mountain Racers teammate Ember Large, with 3rd place going to Team Hardwood's Isabella Howden.
That concludes the first major North American races of the season, that were from all accounts a great success.