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FK to host high school Nordic championships

FORT KENT, Maine — With the upcoming New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Eastern High School Championships (EHSC) at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center on March 15-17, 2019, the center is poised to see the largest field of Nordic skiing athletes it has hosted at any one event.

“We are super excited to host such a great event in the St. John Valley,” said Carl Theriault, event director. “This is a really fun age group of kids to work with, and it will give us great exposure of our wonderful Nordic skiing in Fort Kent to the New England Nordic Skiing community that will bring visitors back again to the Valley.”

The EHSC championships will bring over 250 athletes, 50 coaches and a large group of parents to the area for the competitions. These 14- to 19-year-old athletes, hailing from every state in New England, New York, and and Canadian provinces, will compete in four races over the course of two and a half days.

According to Theriault, the young athletes are top-notch competitors who have proven themselves among the best 250 from a field of hundreds of competitors in their states or provinces.

Events on Friday, March 15, will showcase boys and girls 5K freestyle races. Saturday will feature both the 7.5K classic races and the first-ever 1.0K Nordic Cross sprint races, a new event with plenty of challenging jumps, bumps and spills. Sunday includes relay races, in which athletes compete in state teams.

NENSA awarded FKOC this event based on the club’s excellent record for hosting quality, world-class and national competitions,” Theriault said. NENSA is the community Olympic development program for cross-country skiing in New England, as well as the umbrella for most organized Nordic skiing events in the region.

NENSA hosts over 50 events and more than 20 clinics for skiers and coaches at venues across the Northeast. Cross-country ski racing is a fast, explosive, and a visually dynamic sport.  

Organizers encourage families and individuals to watch the racers and cheer on the athletes. Anyone interested in volunteering for this event may contact Theriault at theriaultcarl@hotmail.com, 631-9589, or Laura Audibert at la4568@roadrunner.com, 834-6773.

Visit http://10thmtskiclub.org/nensaehsc2019/ for additional information about spectator parking, course access, concessions and more.

Friday, March 15  

12 p.m. — NENSA / Event organizers meeting, Green Room, 10th Mtn. Lodge

1 p.m. — Coaches’ meeting, Green Room, 10th Mtn. Lodge  

3:30 p.m. — Girls and Boys 5K freestyle races (waves of 6/minute)  

4:30 pm  Girls freestyle 5K. Freestyle Race Awards following Freestyle Race in Stadium  

Saturday, March 16  

9 a.m. — Boys 7.5K classic race (waves of 6/minute)  

11 a.m. — Girls 7.5K classic race (waves of 6/minute)  

Lunch:  Athletes and coaches, lower level wax building; spectators/volunteers, lodge

1 p.m. — Boys 1K  Freestyle Nordic Cross Race (waves of 6/minute)  

2:30 p.m. — Girls 1.2k  1.0k Freestyle Nordic Cross (waves of 6/minute)  

6 p.m. — Pasta banquet at Fort Kent Elementary School, raffle drawing  

7 p.m. — Sprint and individual awards  

Sunday, March 17  

9:00 a.m. — 4×3.5k Mixed Relay

12:00 a.m. — Team Awards FKOC Stadium. Relay teams and state overall awards.

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