Speedskaters Open Olympic Oval with Marathon Races
December 10, 2014
By CHRISTIE SAUSA - Correspondent, Lake Placid News
LAKE PLACID, New York- The Golden Skates Marathon, the first speedskating race of the season at the oval in Lake Placid, attracted more than 50 skaters from throughout the U.S. and Canada, December 5-7.
Featuring a new timing system and directed by Lake Placid Speedskating Club President Patrick Kelly, the race included three distances: 10 kilometers, 21km, and 42km. Participants could choose which races to participate in or skate all three.
There were several age groups available, but the most attended age groups were the 60- to 69-year-olds and 70-79. Kelly was pleased with the amount of skaters who participated.
Following the final race of the weekend, the Golden Skates medallions were awarded on the Olympic Oval.
From left, Sergio Almarella, Nate Feinberg, Glenn Corso, Guylaine Larouche, and Kathy Feinberg.
"The race went very well," Kelly said. "We had skaters who came to Lake Placid from as far away as Texas to participate, and everyone had a great time."
Mary Lou DiNicola, a Pittsfield, Massachusetts native who has been coming to Lake Placid on and off for 65 years, started competing at age 10. She resumed her skating career at age 45 and has been skating ever since. At 75 years old, DiNicola competed in the 21km race and placed first in her age category.
"Lake Placid puts on such a great meet. I have fun every time I come here, Lake Placid is like my hometown," DiNicola said. "The oval is the gem of the Northeast. Speedskating is a sport for life. You are never too old to participate."
The race also attracted former NHL hockey player Mike Richter, who was a member of the New York Rangers' 1994 Stanley Cup winning team. Richter, a Northwood School graduate, won a gold medal in the 10k and 21k races last weekend in his age division.
The top three finishers in the men's and ladies' division received a special medallion - gold, silver or bronze:
• Men- Glenn Corso (Smithtown,NY, first place), Sergio Almerella (Ottawa, Canada, second place) and Nate Feinberg (Rochester, NY, third place).
• Women- Rebecca Simmons (Albany, NY, first place), Guylaine Larouche (Orford, Canada, second place) and Kathy Feinberg (Rochester, NY, third place)
Get Ready for the 2015 North American Marathon at
Lake Memphremagog, Newport, Vermont
Newport, Vermont- Kingdom Games, in partnership with Marathon Skating International (MSI), has been selected by U.S. Speedskating to host the North American Marathon (NAM) on January 31 and February 1, 2015, on Northeast Vermont's Lake Memphremagog. Each year the event alternates between venues in Canada and the United States. Last year's NAM was hosted by Skate the Lake in Portland, Ontario.
(The lead pack of skaters in the inaugural marathons held on Lake Memphremagog in March, 2014. The City of Newport, Vermont, is in the background. Photo by Phil White of Kingdom Games, one of the sponsors of endurance sporting events in the area of Vermont known as the Northeast Kingdom.)