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Tuesday, Jul. 17, 2018
A Woolly Hippo is a good thing on a cold day
2018-01-03
by Randy Pascal

The recent swatch of cold weather wasn't nearly enough to deter the local nordic ski enthusiasts who live for this time of year.

The 2018 edition of the Woolly Hippo Ski Races, hosted by the Walden Cross Country Club, would draw more than 60 participants last Saturday in Naughton, despite the fact that the frigid temperatures forced the cancellation of the youth categories.

A brief "window of warmth", as organizer Jessica McShane termed it - relatively speaking, of course - allowed for the majority of events to be completed in distances covering three, six and twelve kilometres.

Race day provided the perfect opportunity for skiers to log some competitive kilometres, and for volunteers to practice their roles, with the upcoming Ontario Cup races set to take place, at the same venue, on the weekend of January 19th to the 21st.

Following is a complete listing of the divisional champions at each distance:

Three kilometre events
3km High School Boy - Estan Stiller - 17:27
3km High School Girl - Lauren Fearn - 17:28
3km Special Olympics - Laura Foy - 1:06:40
3km Juvenile Girl - Maggie Parks - 14:25
3km Masters Men - Darren Foy - 1:06:56
3km Midget Girl - Julia Vodusek - 13:24

Six kilometre events
6km Junior Boy - Kelly Thomspon - 21:54
6km Junior Girl - Kristin Kornell - 26:10
6km Juvenile Boy - Patrick Wiss - 24:12
6km Juvenile Girl - Chandyn Bachiu - 26:59
6km Masters Men - Stan Kaczmarek - 25:27
6km Masters Women - Sue Kaczmarek - 24:50

Twelve kilometre events
12km Junior Boy - Cameron Boland - 50:14
12km Junior Men - Adrian Marcolini - 1:06:24
12km Junior Women - Kate Richards - 59:14
12km Masters Men - Bryan Dubeau - 41:48
12km Masters Women - Sara McIlraith - 46:44
12km Senior Men - Konrad Wiltmann - 41:09
12km Senior Women - Emily Marcolini - 49:18

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