There may not have been any skating in this year’s Prince George Iceman, but that didn’t seem to hurt the registration numbers.
The recent warm weather forced the closure of the Outdoor Ice Oval, where competitors in the multi-discipline winter sports race normally skate, but the cross-country skiing, two different runs and a swim were plenty to do on Sunday.
In the solo race, Alexander Nemethy had a slight lead after the skiing at Otway Nordic Centre, and increased that during the two running legs (a 10-km run from Otway to the Oval and a 5-km run through the streets near CN Centre). Although his time in the Aquatic Centre swim was not the fastest, he still won the solo race in a time of one hour 35 minutes and 17 seconds.
Michael Buchanan was second, more than three minutes behind, and Peter Krause was third, another minute behind.
Kelsey Knoll was the top female finisher, coming in at 1:53:37, about 50 seconds in front of Carolyn Bax. Angela Wheeler was third, two minutes behind Bax.
Relay event winners were Frozen Warriors (Open Men), The Toh-Hoo Boo-Hoo (Junior Boys), MAC Attack (Open Mixed), The Firecrackers (Junior Mixed), JAKS (Open Women), Timbill (Grand Masters Men), City Slickers (Masters Mixed), No Wining Until It Is Over (Masters Women), 8 Bad Knees (Grand Masters Mixed) and Special Ice 2 (Special O).
Local skiers from the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club were at a pair of competitions in the southern part of the province on the weekend, skiing at Revelstoke and taking part in a biathlon in Whistler.
In Whistler, Colton MacDougal took top spot in the youth men races, finishing first in Saturday’s sprint and doing the same in Sunday’s pursuit. Claire Lapointe did the same in the senior girls divisions.
Erik Hoffman was fourth in the sprint and moved up to second after the pursuit. Three locals finished in the top 10 in senior boys, with Bobby Kreitz first in the sprint and third in pursuit, Logan Sherba third in sprint and second in pursuit, and Mark Hadley eighth in sprint and fifth in pursuit.
In cross-country races at Revelstoke, Danian Georgyev was second in the bantam boys classic race on Saturday and repeated the performance on Sunday in the skate race. Kaia Andal was second on Saturday in juvenile girls, and moved up to first in the skate event on Sunday.
Pippa Roots was fifth on Saturday in junior girls 2 and moved up to fourth in Sunday’s race.