Contributed by Lyle Wilson
Nipika Mountain Resort
We had a record 206 starters on Saturday, February 1st for the 30-kilometre classic event and 107 racers for the 20-kilometre skate race on Sunday, February 2nd, for a total of 313 participants over the weekend event.The male winner on Saturday was legally-blind seven-time World Champion and Vancouver Paralympic Champion Brian McKeever, who skied the 30-kilometre race in 1:30.03. This is an amazing athletic achievement!
Brian McKeever leaves to represent Canada in the Paralympic Games in Sochi in another two weeks. The ladies winner was Team Nipika member Kate Brennan who completed the 30-kilometre distance in 1:52.09.Sundays overall winner was Gord Jewett, a past Olympian and repeat Nipika Loppet champion. His time for the 20-kilometre skate race was 57:41 while the ladies winner was again Kate Brennan with a time of 1:11.49.
The local age group winners from the Toby Creek Nordic Club were Erin Kubian, who placed first in the girls 12-13 year old category for both the 5-kilometre classic event on Saturday with a time of 18:50.0 and Sundays 5-kilometre skate race with a time of 13:19.0; Kim Kitching who won the ladies 40-49 year old category 20-kilometre skate race on Sunday with a time of 1:21.26; and Margaret Radermacher, who was first in the ladies 40-49 year old category in the 30-kilometre classic event on Saturday with a time of 2:17.44.
The weather was a chilly -15 C, the skies were sunny, and the courses were challenging.The race
organization would like to thank all the local
volunteers and sponsors for making this event the great success that it was.
Complete results can be easily found at www.zone4.ca . Simply search Nipika then click on the February 1st and February 2nd Complete Results.