Volunteers spent endless backbreaking hours shoveling snow on the course, and it looks considerably better than it did on Sunday here in Rumford, ME for the classic distance races. Even the US Ski Team’s own Matt Whitcomb and Liz Stephen helped out yesterday, and Whitcomb said his back is feeling it today. As we previewed the course, Whitcomb was on his way out again; shovel and pick axe in hand.
We touched base with several coaches, and it sounds like most everyone would be on a klister binder covered with some variety of violet klister. And while the tracks still have visible dirt mixed in with the manmade snow, they are firm and consistent.
The second day of the US Nationals Championships gets started in 30 minutes.