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Ski for Scholarship: Mathias J. Bartels Community Nordic Ski Race 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: massnordic.com. [Read more…]

Berkshire County League Race at MG: Course Maps

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Short Course:

Mathias J. Bartels Scholarship Race – UPDATE

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

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

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 massnordic.com for race updates.

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East Strong in Skate EHS/J2 Qualifier

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. [Read more…]

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

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 FasterSkier.com – 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 www.prospectmountain.com.

Prizes will be supplied by various local businesses.

For questions, please email Topher Sabot: topher@fasterskier.com

SIDS Race Results

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.

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

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, Fasterskier.com, 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:

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Mathias Race Photos from Alicia Gwozdz

UPDATE: Ski for Scholarship: Mathias J. Bartels Community Nordic Ski Race 2009

We’re on for Sunday… it looks like we kept enough snow to pull off the event.  We look forward to seeing you all there for the 10:00 am start.

MIAA Team Championship

Warm temperatures were the order of the day for today’s Massachusetts Nordic State Championships in Windsor, MA at the Notchview Ski Reservation. 250 racers wearing t-shirts, tank tops, and even bathing suits skated around the 7.5k course as the sun emerged and the snow softened throughout the day. [Read more…]

Ski for Scholarship: Mathias J. Bartels Community Nordic Ski Race 2009

The 2nd Mathias Jessup Bartels benefit cross-country ski race and tour will be held on Sunday, February 15th, at 10AM at Mt. Greylock Regional High School.  In the event of limited snow coverage at Mt. Greylock, check massnordic.com for race updates.

The event will feature a 5km classical race, a 2km race for beginners, and a lollipop race for young kids.  Skiers of all ages and abilities are welcome.

Prizes will be awarded to overall and age category winners. A $15.00 donation is suggested at day of race registration. All proceeds benefit the Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship Fund. Checks can be made out to: Mt. Greylock Regional High School – M.J. Bartels 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 who exhibits the integrity, kindness, and commitment to excellence shown by Mathias.

For more information, please email Hilary at hgreene@williams.edu or Matt at matthew@fasterskier.com.

Berkshire League Race, 4.5km Freestyle at Notchview

On a course which previewed the first few kilometers and the final one and a half kilometers of Wednesday’s states race the Berkshire League once again went to battle.  In the girls individual race it was Northfield Mount Hermon’s Maggie Fellows, skiing in the first wave, who captured the top spot on the podium by picking up four seconds on Mount Greylock’s Mackenzie Hitchcock over the last kilometer.  Fellows finished with a time of 15:21 edging Hitchock by one second.  Mount Greylock’s Jackie Lemme once again showed that she enjoyes the challenging climbs of Notchview by rounding out the top three 25 seconds off the pace set by Fellows.  The Mountie girls showed that they are ready for Wednesday by placing there four scorers in the top six and six in the top ten.

In the boy’s race Patrick Joslin of Mount Greylock completed the perfect league season by blazing through the short course in a time of 12:21.  Lenox’s Bill Prescott showed that he is peaking perfectly for states by finishing second just 25 seconds off of Joslin’s time and the Mountie’s Cary White continued his impressive season by taking the final podium spot.  The race of the day was seen in the first wave where Lenox’s Donnie Miller hung on to the draft of fourth place finisher Dylan Dethier, of Mount Greylock, to take fifth place, a career best.  The MG boys continued their winning ways by placing their fourth skier Greg Karabinos in eigth.

All the work has been done, now it is all about resting well for states.  Good luck everyone!

Click the (more…) link to get results and photos from today’s race. [Read more…]

Massachusetts J2 and EHS Teams

Congratulation to those skiers that will be representing Massachusetts at the EHS and J2 Championships.  We are equally proud of all the skiers that made the teams as well as those that have worked so hard, but came up just short.

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MA Individual All State Classical Championship

Patrick Joslin and Chris Burnham finishing strong.

More great photos of the boys race can courtesy of James Doucett be found at http://jamiedoucett.smugmug.com/

J2/EHS Boys Classical Championship Results

J2/EHS Girls Classical Championship Results

Berkshire Nordic League Freestyle Mass Start Race

Notchview hosted today’s 6k freestyle race, suitably recovered from the ice storm that ravaged the area earlier in the winter. Successful and timely grooming packed down the fresh coating of new-fallen snow in time for the boy’s varsity mass start. The race was strategic from the beginning, with a pack of 11 skiers gradually breaking away from the field. Just over halfway into the race, eventual winner Patrick Joslin made a slight break from the chase pack en route to his 5th consecutive league victory. The chase pack of four skiers finished less than ten seconds later, with Mt. Greylock’s Dylan Dethier, Lenox’s Bill Prescott, Greylock’s Cary White, and Wahconah’s Kyle Dempsey taking spots 2-5. Mt. Greylock took the team competition with 13 points, while Lenox was second with 31. On the girls’ side, Mackenzie Hitchcock of Mt. Greylock notched her second victory of the year, leading the Mounties to victory with the help of a third-place finish from Jackie Lemme. Posting her strongest finish of the year and finishing just three seconds behind the leader was Northfield-Mount Hermon’s Maggie Fellows, in second place. Mt. Greylock had the low team score with 20, followed by Lenox’s 41. Matt Cheung of Mt. Greylock claimed the JV race on the boys’ side while Lenox’s Josie Marshall won on the girls’ side

Click the more link for results and images.

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MA All State Individual Classic Championships / EHS and J2 Qualifier

Here is the course map and start list for Sunday’s race at Mount Greylock.  The base is slightly transformed granualar and we had several inches of powder fall this evening.  Temperatures should be down near 10ºF over Saturday night into Sunday morning, but then rise to just below freezing by race time… should make for some interesting waxing.

J2/EHS Race Course and BKL Loop

Girls Start List

Boys Start List

MA All State Individual Freestyle Championships

Skiers from across the state met for the first time this year at the Weston Ski Track for the first of two J2/Eastern High School Qualifier. The 6 kilometer course consisted of two laps of rolling V2 terrain and provided for some fast skiing. The race format, waves of four every fifteen seconds, allowed for a variety of strategies and tactics, as pack skiing showed to be successful. Lincoln-Sudbury teammates Isaac Hoenig and Chris Stock skied away with the boys’ race, with top J2 qualifier Jackson Rich of Andover following in 3rd. On the girls’ side, Lincoln Sudbury’s Corey Stock and Newton-South’s Olga Golovkina broke away from the field to claim the top two spots, while Wellesley’s Hannah Smith rounded out the podium. Corey Stock was also the top J2 qualifier for the girls.

Boys’ first wave, photo courtesy of David Dethier.

Boys’ Overall Results

Boys’ EHS Results

Boys’ J2 Results

Girls’ Overall Results

Girls’ EHS Results

Girls’ J2 Results

More photos courtesy of Jaime Doucett here.

Berkshire Nordic League Sprint Race

The Berkshire League continued with another new format this week holding its first ever sprint race.  There were many challenges including two fast corners, the ‘Headwall’, ice and dry windblown snow, but throughout the biggest challenge was the fierce competition.  At the end, however, not much changed at the top of the leader board.  In the girls’ race Mount Greylock once again showed their depth in the A Final with Laura Nolan, Mackenzie Hitchcock and Allegra Robertson all pushing the pace at the front for the first half of the race.  On the ‘Headwall’, however, it was Lenox’s Sara Plager who took charge and did not let up until she crossed the line with the clear victory.  Mount Greylock took the next four spots led by senior Camille Robertson.  In the boys race Mount Greylock’s senior captains Patrick Joslin and Dylan Dethier outpaced the rest of the field finishing first and second respectively.  Mount Greylock’s Jordan Tuboly overtook Waconah’s Mason Bushway and Kyle Dempsey for third to give the Mounties the indisputable victory.

Click the ‘more’ link for results and photos.

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