Weekend Ski Races at Boom Camp

Skiers in Sunday's freestyle races.
Skiers in Sunday's freestyle races.
photo provided by Michel Menard-BRBC

Cross country skiing enthusiasts were treated to a great weekend of racing at the Boom Camp XC ski trails in Blind River. Trails were groomed to perfection, were super fast, plus the sunshine and warm temperatures made it a perfect weekend of racing for athletes and fans.

Saturday's race was a biathlon sprint style of race: three to four bouts of shooting, with penalty loops for every shots missed. Biathlon is a fairly rare sport in Ontario, so participants came from Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Haileybury, Petawawa and from as far away as Saskatoon Saskatchewan.

Results for local athletes are as follows: Beginner Girls, 3km race, 1st Annie Azzi, 2nd Lydia Raddon. Juvenile Girls, 5km race, 1st Tiana Chalifoux, 2nd Meaghan Raddon. Junior Girls, 6.5 km race, 1st Sophie Azzi, 2nd Katelyn Trivers, 3rd Erin Raddon. Open Competitive Women 8.5km race, 1st Heidi Lees. Open Competitive Men 8.5km race, 2nd David Watts, 3rd Jim Raddon. The best local shooter of the competition was Tiana Chalifoux with 0 misses out of 15 shots!

Sunday's race was a good old fashioned cross country ski race with a mass start. With the recent rain, warm temperatures and lack of snow, we could not groom for classic style xc skiing, so the race was freestyle or more commonly called skate skiing. Many of Saturday's competitors stayed for Sunday's race with a few additions.

Results for local athletes are as follows: Bunny Rabbit Girls 2km race, 1st Megan Lemieux, 2nd Romie Azzi, 3rd Adèle Pritchard. Bunny Rabbit Boys 2km race, 1st Simon Pritchard.

Jack Rabbit Girls 3km race, 1st Annie Azzi, 2nd Danielle Lemieux, 3rd Sophie Pritchard. Girls 5km race, 1st Chandra Rousseau, 2nd Sophie Azzi, 3rd Tiana Chalifoux. Boys 5km race, Theo Mitchell. Women's 5km, Élise Sidock.

The races were spectator friendly, since the loops being skied on brought racers in front of the fans several times during the competition. Besides being treated to great racing, for example Clinton Lahnalampi from Sudbury skied 20km in 1 hour and 2 min, spectators and athletes got to see and compete with a paranordic athlete sit skier, Caelan Flannigan from Haileybury.

The organizers would like to thank the sponsors for the superb prizes and volunteers for their extra hard work.

Submitted by Michel Ménard-Blind River Biathlon Club