While most of New England is still skiing – our 2019 Zak, Club and Marathon season has come to a close. NENSA is thrilled to pair with Cochran’s Ski Club to host end-of-year awards after the Nordic Cross event on April 7th. Masters are encouraged to participate or just spectate and enjoy the awesome atmosphere that has been described as, “Hilarious, challenging and loads of fun!” Event founder, Pennie Rand welcomes skiers of all ages to, “Come celebrate your passion for skiing, your love of Cochran’s and embrace spring, on Nordic skis!” You can read full details about the event here – Masters awards will begin around 3pm, including commemorative glasses for Zak racers who completed the minimum races, and Swix wax, Cabot cheese, and more for category winners. Marathon Challengers will also receive their Swix hats!
It was a fantastic winter for citizen racing in New England with all of our 19 scheduled races going off without a hitch. All rankings are posted here. We owe a huge thanks to all of our venues, organizers and volunteers for pulling off these events!
While all of these citizen races are open to the general public 199 of our masters NENSA members are listed in Zak Cup age group results – a growing number from 2018! In Club Cup racing we had over 900 competitors helping to push their club upwards in rankings.
In the overall rankings two familiar names rose to the top in a competitive field. Eli Enman of NWVE / Rossignol competed in nine events, rarely finishing off the podium and garnering 120 of 125 possible points. Kathy Maddock of Dublin XC finished the season with a perfect overall score, competing and winning five races, scoring 125 points.
NWVE again proved that they are the deepest and most organized club in New England scoring 1703 points with 194 racers — that’s an average of almost ten competitors at each event! However club competition is heating up throughout the ranks and we had an upset as Mansfield Nordic Club unseated the Cambridge Sports Union from their 2018 second place finish by a mere 23 points.
Thank you to all our competitors and we hope to see you Sunday, April 7th at Cochran’s in Richmond, Vermont!