Back-to-Back Acadia FCU Win for Currier
Fresh off his return from the IBU biathlon circuit, Stockholm, Maine native, Russell Currier, once again out-matched all of the competition earning his 2nd straight Acadia Federal Credit Union Ski Marathon win on Saturday at the Four Seasons Trails in Madawaska.
Currier easily outdistanced University of Maine at Presque Isle skier Jason Bartley, who finished second, by over five minutes, winning the race with a total time of 1:52:29. Junior National All-American, Conner Hynick, finished third behind Bartley to round out the podium for the skating portion of the freestyle event.
Due to a mid-week snowstorm that dumped over a foot of fresh snow, reasonably solid trail conditions began to soften as the race progressed, which affected Currier’s strategy, “The snow was soft during the race. When you look at the times from year to year you can see how much of a difference conditions can make. When it’s soft you have to change your approach to pacing and technique. Soft conditions are not my strong point so it was nice to have 40km of racing to work on my weaker side.”
With just enough time to rest for the Madawaska event he added this about his winter of competition, “It was nice to be racing in Europe again this season. There were a handful of missed opportunities throughout the season that could have changed things for the better. On the other hand, I was able to produce a top 40 on the World Cup and a top 20 on the IBU cup (sub world cup) in one of the most competitive men’s fields yet. So, while I was pleased with the season, there is plenty of reason to think that next year could be better.”