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3rd Annual Brewer Park Zamboni Sprints
By:  Lee Hawkings   (2011/11/01)

Last week in Ottawa it finally started to feel a little bit like winter. The temperatures started to drop below zero, it was finally time to turn the heat in the house on and we had our first frosty windows on the van. Although the recent closure of the Gatineau Parkway for the season provides a short term break from the drudgeries of fall training, snow will provide the only real solution. Queue Brewer Park…

 In the words of a random passerby from Thursday night, “ You guys are pretty desperate eh!”

Indeed we are.

 To wet our appetite for real skiing if only for one night we again headed to Brewer Park for a fun filled evening of Zamboni-snow skiing. This year was by far the most well attended mini-sprint race thanks to the large contingent of Carleton Nordic Team skiers. It seems to be growing in popularity every year!

 The evening consisted of head to head single round knockouts, consisting of two laps around the 80m track. After an exciting flurry of races the undisputed Brewer Park Champions of 2011 were crowned. Once again a new champion was crowned for the boys with, XC Ottawa superstar Peter Beisel taking home the win against a deep field including former champions Matthias Purdon and Lee Hawkings and speed demons Kyle Power, Logan Potter, Matt Brown and Nic Clifford. For the women Carleton skier and fellow Whitehorsian Kendra Murray dominated the field of strong skiers including XC Ottawers, Ingrid Hagberg and Kyla Vanderzwet, Carleton Skiers Holly Jones and Liza Rozina as well as guests Lindsey Chapman and Laura Hewitt. Kendra even gave some of the boys (e.g. Lee) a run for their money! Watch out for these two in the coming season!

Thanks to Bella and Vesta for additional photos

Ingrid and Lindsey employ next level snow moving apparatus

Peter... way too excited

Matthias showing us he means business

First heat of the night, clash of the titans Matthias and Kyle

Peter demonstrating the importance of startle coloration for distracting the competition

The girls gearing up!

Kendra and Ingrid take to the start line... look at those poles flex!

Kendra skiing the corner like a champ

Matthias and Peter at the start of the closest heat of the night

Peter prepares to take the corner with speed closely followed by Matt

Peter crowned champ. Prizes this year included eternal glory and a Clif Bar

Thanks for reading and if  you wanna read more check out previous zamboni sprints!



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