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McKeever Wins Canadian Birkebeiner; Karen Messenger Fastest ‘With Pack’

The leading member of Canada’s Para-Nordic Ski Team, Brian McKeever won the 25th annual Canadian Birkebeiner 55-kilometer classic mass start on Saturday. Double poling most of the moderately hilly course as training, McKeever managed to beat his teammate and guide Erik Carleton by nearly three minutes in the “lite” division at the Blackfoot Provincial Recreation in Edmonton, Alberta.

Without a 5.5-kilogram (12-pound) pack to slow him down, McKeever finished in 3:19:37.7, and Carleton followed 2:59.5 minutes later. Jon Arne Enevoldsen of Oslo, Norway, was third in the “lite” race, 11:06.7 behind McKeever.

“Tough conditions for Birkie today,” McKeever tweeted. “… blowing, fresh & SLOW snow. Double poled & got the W, but We’ll see If the bod is janked tomorrow!”

Heidi Widmer of the Alberta World Cup Academy was the fastest female in 3:50:14.2. She was fifth overall and beat teammate Annika Hicks, the second woman, by 4 minutes and 20 seconds. Another Academy female, Marlis Kromm was third (+7:52.3).

Lite” 55 k results

In the 55 k “with pack” race, Karen Messenger of Canmore, Alberta, was the overall winner in 4:14.50.4. Barret Dunbar of Saskatoon was the top man and second overall, 3:15.5 back. AWCA head coach Chris Jeffries was the second man and third overall (+4:52.8).

With pack” 55 k results


Freeman Continues New England Marathon Romp with Craftsbury Win, Curran Takes Women’s Title

US Ski Team veteran Kris Freeman (Maine Winter Sports Center), training in New Hampshire since the Tour de Ski, made his second appearance on the New England marathon circuit this weekend, easily skiing to a dominating win in the 50k classic Craftsbury Marathon in Craftsbury, Vermont. Freeman skied a six-and-a-half minute win over Nils Koons (CGRP). The race for second featured somewhat more drama with Koons besting teammate Bryan Cook by just a tenth of a second. The home team Craftsbury Green Racing Project (CGRP) finished second thorugh sixth in the men’s event. A brutal January that, featuring temperatures in the 40’s and heavy rains earlier in the week ruined any chance of the scenic point-to-point course that often highlights the event. But the core trails at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center withstood the weather onslaught, and organizers were able to assemble a challenging 12.5k loop for the race. In the…

Ellefson, Fritz Win 2013 Boulder Mountain Tour

Sylvan Ellefson (SSCV Team Homegrown) and Lauren Fritz (APU) skied to victory in the 30km Boulder Mountain Tour in Sun Valley, Idaho. Ellefson won a closely contested race, finishing at the front of a tight pack of 12 skiers, all within just 3 seconds. Sixth place was only a second off the win in an event that usually features a sprint to the line due to the 1000 feet of elevation drop in the course. Mark Iverson (APU) was second, just half a second behind Ellefson. The race for third was even tighter with Peter Kling edging out hometown favorite Mike Sinnott with a lunge. The official time difference between the two was just six hundreths of a second. The women’s race was just as close at the front. Fritz out-lunged Corrine Malcolm and Brooke Hovey for the win and Alex Turzian was just a second back in 4th. Results…

Weekend Marathon Roundup — Noque, Govenor’s Cup and more…

The marathon season is in full swing with some big events both domestically and abroad. Here is roundup of some of the action. Noquemanon (Michigan) 24/50k Classic and Skate Santiago Ocariz and and Kim Rudd won the premier event of the day — the 50k classic. Ocariz made the journey from Ishpeming to Marquette in just over three hours, besting Eli Brown by two minutes. The race for third was tight with Chris Pappathopoulos outsprinting Adam Swank and David Chamberlain to claim the final podium spot. Rudd placed 20th overall, besting Maria Stuber by just 14 seconds in the women’s race. Claire Luby was third. Michael Brouthers won the 50k freestyle by nearly three-and-a-half minutes over Chad Tolbert, with Jan Guenther taking the women’s title. All Noquemanon results Lake Placid Loppet (New York) 25/50k Skate and classic On a frigid day in Lake Placid, New York, most skiers opted for…

Aukland, Boner win 39th Marcialonga

Joergen Aukland (NOR) and Seraina Boner (SUI) are the new golden boy and girl of Marcialonga di Fiemme e Fassa (Italy), the famed 70km classic race in Northern Italy.  The Norwegian managed to keep back his older brother Anders and Stanislav Rezac of Czech Republic. On the women’s side, Laila Kveli of Norway came in second and Russia’s Tatiana Jambaeva finished third. Italy’s most renowned long-distance XC skiing race has taken place in Trentino region today, the same area that will be housing the 2013 Nordic World Ski Championships in less than a month. Over 7500 skiers showed up early in the morning in sunny and chilly alpine valleys, ready to compete along the 70k course from the town of Moena to Cavalese. From the very beginning, Joergen Aukland appeared in great shape and put himself in the leading group together with his brother Anders, Sweden’s Ahrlin, Johnsson, Brink and…

Johaug Defends Skarverennet Title, Beats Bjørgen

Defending champion Therese Johaug jumped out front early in the Skarverennet on Saturday and stayed there, holding off Norwegian teammate Marit Bjørgen to win the 38 k event from Finse to Ustaoset, Norway. Bjørgen finished 19 seconds behind Johaug, who won in 1:41.33. Norway’s Martine Ek Hagen was 1 second behind Bjørgen in third, Tuva Toftdahl Staver (NOR) placed fourth (+3:48) and Astrid Øyre Slind finished with the same time in fifth. Norwegians swept the top 11, and Sweden’s Seraina Boner placed 12th. Top 10 1. Therese Johaug (NOR) 1:41:33 2. Marit Bjørgen (NOR) 1:41:52 3. Martine Ek Hagen (NOR) 1:41:53 4. Tuva Toftdahl Staver (NOR) 1:45:41 5. Astrid Øyre Slind (NOR) 1:45:41 6. Silje Øyre Slind (NOR) 1:45:42 7. Marthe Kristoffersen (NOR) 1:48:34 8. Marthe Katrine Myhre (NOR) 1:50:30 9. Anne-Tine Markset (NOR) 1:51:40 10. Astrid Urenholdt Jacobsen (NOR) 1:51:47 Women’s results arthritis

Jespersen Edges Northug in Skarverennet

Chris Jespersen edged Norwegian teammate Petter Northug in the Skarverennet on Saturday, winning the 38 k race from Finse to Ustaoset, Norway, by 5 seconds in 1:31.24. Close behind, Russia’s Eugeniy Dementiev was third (+8.0), and defending champion Jean Marc Gaillard of France finished fourth (+8.0). Sweden’s Martin Johansson was fifth (+9.0). The runner-up from last year, Jespersen led with just over 8 k remaining and held off Northug, who moved up from fifth and made up a more than a minute (1:19) on Jespersen. Dementiev was in second at 29.7 k, but was 1 minute and 18 seconds behind Jespersen. He led a seven-man chase pack, which included Northug.   Top 10 1. Chris Jespersen (NOR) 1:31:24 2. Petter Northug (NOR) 1:32:29 3. Eugeniy Dementiev (RUS) 1:32:32 4. Jean Marc Gaillard (FRA) 1:32:32 5. Martin Johansson (SWE) 1:32:33 6. Toni Livers (SUI) 1:32:33 7. Robin Duvillard (FRA) 1:32:34 8. Simen Andreas Sveen (NOR)…

Faivre Picon and Furger Win Engadin, Brooks 8th, Leibsch 25th for US

Anouk Faivre Picon (FRA) and Roman Furger (SUI) won the 44th annual Engadin Ski Marathon in Switzerland. Faivre Picon edged out the home favorite, Seraina Boner by just over a second with a final surge to the line. Natascia Leonardi Cortesi (SUI) gave the host country two-thirds of the podium when she out-sprinted Italian Stephanie Santer. The lead pack in the 42-kilometer freestyle race had dwindled to just five women by the end. Faivre Picon is a regular on the World Cup circuit, and finished 22nd in the 2012 Tour de Ski. Holly Brooks (USA) finished 8th for the US. Brooks was 2:30 off the pace. Morgan Arritola was 13th, Evelyn Dong 16th and Nicole DeYong 20th for the US. In the men’s race the 22-year-old Furger bested World Cup veteran Curdin Perl in the final sprint, with former Italian star Christian Zorzi two seconds back in third. The relatively…

Lake Placid Loppet Canceled

The 30th Lake Placid Loppet has been canceled due to unseasonably warm weather at Mount Van Hoevenberg in upstate New York. The 25- and 50-k races were supposed to be held Saturday after a lack of snow in February pushed the event back a month. The Loppet is part of the American Ski Marathon Series and usually takes place on a modified version of the course used at the 1980 Winter Olympics.   arthritis

American Birkebeiner Coverage Compiled on Birkie Site

FasterSkier was in northern Wisconsin for nearly a week leading up to the 2012 American Birkebeiner. All articles through Saturday, Feb. 25, are listed on Birkie.com under “Behind the Scenes at Birkie 2012.” arthritis