Nishikawa and Johnsgaard win warmest ski race of the year

The Subway 5K Race Series sprinted to the end of its final event Tuesday evening, with 30 skiers lined up in the ski stadium to complete a 2.

The Subway 5K Race Series sprinted to the end of its final event Tuesday evening, with 30 skiers lined up in the ski stadium to complete a 2.5- or five-kilometre course.

Teams of two took turns skiing the course. The first laps were done in slow snow and warm conditions, but as the sun dropped in the sky, the snow cooled and the pace picked up.

The fastest team for the night was made up of national championship medalist Emily Nishikawa and rising star Knute Johnsgaard.

They skied a total of 10 kilometres in just over 39 minutes. The next team, Dominic Bradford and Michael Abbot, was only 40 seconds behind.

Three families of three took part in the final Subway Race. The Deuling family, Judd, Hannah and Marcus skied 2.5 kilometres each.  The Greers, Bill, David and Janelle skied five kilometres each, and the Brooks, Dave, Fabian and Maggie, skied a mix of 2.5 and five.

Subway announced earlier this year that its sponsorship would end at the end of this season. Club and race organizers expressed their appreciation for Subway’s involvement over the last five years.

Wednesday’s race brought the racing season to a close. But there is still good skiing left.

The trails at Mount Mac are in good condition, and skiing enjoyment depends on the time of day.

The trails are icy in the early morning and late evening. Skiing at noon and just after supper are the best times.

Classic skiers need Klister for grip and skate skiers have to be prepared for a very hard packed to icy skate lane.


Tuesday night league:

Regular season final standings (as of April 1):

1st Media Solutions, 303

2nd Yukon Brewing, 283

3rd Assante, 272

4th Roche Firth Financial, 252

5th Kilrich, 248

6th Pizza Hut, 244

7th Ketza, 190

The top four teams advance to the semi-finals in two weeks — the finals go April 22 at Better Bodies.


Results for the 56th Annual International Bonspiel (March 27th to 30th):

Women’s A Event sponsored by Northland Beverages: Donna Scott team

Women’s B Event sponsored by Arctic Star Printing: Shelley Dixon team

Women’s C Event sponsored by Yukon News: Tamar Vandenberghe team

Women’s D Event sponsored by Westmark Whitehorse: Corinne Delaire

Men’s A Event sponsored by High Country Inn: Brian Wasnea

Men’s B Event sponsored by Casa Loma Motel: Kevin Sumner

Men’s C Event sponsored by Canada Flooring: Darol Stuart

Men’s D Event sponsored by Boston Pizza: Robb Andison

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