3 March 2014, Newport, VT- The return of marathon speedskating on Lake Memphremagog took place on the first weekend of March with a small but dedicated field of seasoned speedskaters. They skated in the first officlal speedskatering races on the lake in over 31 years. According to MSI Director and Timekeeper Gaétan Rochette, the 21km half-marathon on March 1 was a "great race and fun, [with] nice ice." Results are available at MyLaps.com for Saturday's 21km and Sunday's 42km. To see an 18-photo essay, with captions, of photos taken by Race Director Phil White, click the starting line photo, below.
(Photo above: The start of the 21km half-marathon on Lake Memphremagog, with the City of Newport in the background. Fourteen skaters leave the starting line (left to right
): Chip Kruger (partial view), Paul McCloskey (yellow), Tom Keane (red), Rebecca Simmons (bright green), Charles Beaudoin (center, front, with goggles; behind him are Guylaine Larouche and Diana Hanks), Don Phillips (copper), Heidi Hatch (white helmet), John Ambrose (black helmet; with Robert Lafleur behind John, blue sleeve), Jake Maarse (orange), Tanya Hoferek (yellow boot), and Bill Burgess (green). Thanks to these skaters for participating in the debut of marathon skating on Lake Memphremagog!)
Stay tuned for more news about the event from MSI and its partner, Kingdom Games.
Scroll down for summaries of the US National, North American Marathon at Skate the Lake, the Plains of Abraham Challenge, and the Silver Skate Festival marathons.
18 February 2014- January was a busy month for marathon championships. The US National and the North American Championships were held the same weekend, the former in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the latter in Portland, Ontario. Both events were meant to coincide with other events; neither could be rescheduled, forcing skaters to choose one or the other. Read Olusegun Sijuwade’s report of the
US National Marathon; read Neal Hundt’s summary of North American Championship.
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