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Ski for Scholarship: Mathias J. Bartels Community Nordic Ski Race 2013

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Mathias Jessup Bartels

The 5th annual Mathias Jessup Bartels benefit cross-country ski race and tour will be held on Sunday, February 17th, at 11:00 AM on groomed trails at Mt. Greylock Regional High School.

The event will feature a 5 kilometer classic-style ski race and a shorter kids’ race suitable for all ages and abilities. For details and updates in the event of limited snow coverage, please check:


Berkshire County League Race at MG: Course Maps

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Long Course:

Short Course:

Mathias J. Bartels Scholarship Race – UPDATE

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Mathias Jessup Bartels

We are happy to report that the Mathias J. Bartels Scholarship Race will take place tomorrow at Mt. Greylock Regional High School! This is a wonderful community event, and we hope that you will all join us to ski together and remember Mathias. Please bring friends and family. Skiers of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Race registration will begin in the high school at 11:00am. The 5 kilometer classic race will begin at 12:00pm followed by a 2.5 kilometer classic race at 1:00. A Lollipop race (approx. 200 meters) for young skiers will take place at 1:05.

Prizes will be awarded in a wide range of categories and waffles will be served in the school cafeteria after the races.

We hope to see you all tomorrow!

Mathias Bartels Scholarship Race Postponed

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Sadly, we are not able to hold the 3rd annual Mathias Bartels Scholarship Race on Sunday due to lack of snow.  We hope to reschedule for February 28th should Mother Nature finally come around and help us out.

Ski for Scholarship: Mathias J. Bartels Community Nordic Ski Race 2010

Friday, February 5th, 2010

The Start of the 2009 Race

The Start of the 2009 Race

The 3rd annual Mathias Jessup Bartels benefit cross-country ski race and tour will be held on Sunday, February 14th, at 12:00 PM at Mt. Greylock Regional High School. In the event of limited snow coverage at Mt. Greylock, check for race updates.


East Strong in Skate EHS/J2 Qualifier

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

The best high school skiers in Massachusetts converged today at Weston Ski Track.  On a course that was full of twists and turns the Eastern Mass. skiers represented their home course well.  As one might expect the terrain was relatively flat, with the largest hill on the course, Mount Weston, constructed entirely out of manmade snow.  It was a day where the best results were submitted by those who worked the transitions with power and maintained their speed whenever possible.


The Late Great New England Ski Race…aka…The Propsect Spring Fling… This Weekend

Friday, March 27th, 2009

FasterSkier and Prospect Mountain are teaming up to put on the second annual Late Great new England Ski Race/Prospect Spring Fling.

Come out for the last ski race(s) of the year in New England (yes…the March Hare Nordic Ski Race starts at 10:00 and we are starting at 10:01…).

Sunday, March 29

Conditions are still good at Prospect.  There is plenty of snow, but it is very dirty.  You could definitely use good skis, but older skis may be preferable due to the dirt.

The Events:

10:01 — 8km Mass Start Pursuit Race (5km Classic straight into a 5km Freestyle)

11:30 — Obstacle Course Sprint (The sprint format will be a March Madness inspired head-to-head bracket style ski off)

Prizes will be awarded for both races, and overall winners (male and female) will be crowned the Great Champions! Participants do not have to do both races.  But to qualify for Great Champion, you must complete both events.

Festive attire encouraged and rewarded!  The person wearing the best costume will be named the Jester of Fling.

The Place:

The famous Prospect Mountain in Woodford, VT – the land where there is always snow.  Conditions are currently excellent at Prospect, and the forecast for the remainder of the week is favorable.

The Cost:

$20 – Proceeds to benefit the Berkshire Nordic Ski Club. Day of race registration only beginning at 8:30am.

The Sponsors:

The one and only – your online source for all things cross-country skiing.

Prospect Mountain – where the snow always falls and the trails are always open! Prospect’s website is

Prizes will be supplied by various local businesses.

For questions, please email Topher Sabot:

SIDS Race Results

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Here are the results of the race held today at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, VT.  This annual race raises awareness about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, a silent killer that claims the lives of nearly 2500 infants in the US alone every year.




A Day for the Community: The Mathias Jessup Bartles Scholarship Race

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

The 2nd Mathias Jessup Bartels benefit cross-country race and tour was held this Sunday, February 15th, at Mt. Greylock Regional High School. The school’s trails and fields had held enough snow for what ended up being some quality classic skiing–some klister required. The 6 kilometer race course was fairly flat, and saw several competitors brave the terrain in skate equipment, double-poling the entire race, including some battles on the uphills. Topher Sabot edged Nick Fogel for the 6 kilometer victory, a short distance ahead of third-place finisher Matt Voisin. The women’s field was led by Jen Mygatt, followed by Andrea Fisher and Camille Robertson.  The well-attended race attracted over 70 competitors for a fast, sunny ski. A touring option was also available for the 6k race course.
The 2 kilometer race sailed off a short time later, at 11 o’clock, and provided a chance for families, beginners, and youngsters to showcase their talents in a shorter course. In a close battle, Will Nolan and Alex Harrington tied for the victory.
Racers and spectators were greeted inside by a significant spread of waffles and other baked goods as prizes were awarded. A bevy of gifts were available as rewards across age category and distance, gifts donated by various businesses including The Mill on the Floss, Overland,, Pappa Charlie’s, and many more. All told, close to $2500 was raised to benefit the Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship Fund. Mathias was an outstanding young man – a scholar, athlete, and leader of his class. He was a high school junior and standout member of the Mt. Greylock Nordic Ski Team when he died in his sleep on January 31, 2004 of sudden cardiac arrest due to a heart arrhythmia of unknown cause. The Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior at Mt. Greylock who exhibits the integrity, kindness, and commitment to excellence shown by Mathias.

A sincere thank you goes out to those who donated prizes as well as to the skiers, spectators,cheering squads, timers, starters, finishers, flag setters, flag wavers, waffle makers, waffle eaters, food providers, cleaner uppers, signer uppers, good looking parents, better looking kids, and fabulous coaches, from the grateful Bartels family and from the entire Mt. Greylock Nordic Ski community. The event was one of good cheer, good weather, good competition, and good company–all in the name of an amazing cause.

Complete Results:


Mathias Race Photos from Alicia Gwozdz

Sunday, February 15th, 2009