Organizers dub fifth annual Acadia FCU Ski Marathon a success

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21 March 2013
Acadia FCU XCountry Marathon

AND THEY'RE OFF – Cross-country skiing marathon racers take off from the start gate at the Acadia FCU Marathon Sunday morning, March 17, at the Four Seasons trails in Madawaska. The front line of racers are registrants in 40K marathon, and the second line of racers, pictured here, are registrants in the 20K marathon. The event also included a 1K race for children. Racer Colin Jandreau said that the conditions were very fast on Sunday morning and the event's announcer predicted that they'd see some record-breaking finish times this year. - Jenna Beaulieu image

MADAWASKA – Acadia Federal Credit Union held their fifth annual Ski Marathon on Sunday, March 17, at the Four Seasons Lodge in Madawaska. More than 40 skiers from across New England came out to compete in the marathon and half-marathon races. The top four male skiers and top three female skiers in the 40K Marathon category were awarded a combined $1,775 for their efforts. As in previous years, Acadia FCU served as the main sponsor but this year Maine Winter Sports Center graciously contributed to the event as well.

Under overcast skies and among periodic snow squalls, the racers faced an icy course that made racing fast, but challenging. Warm temperatures and heavy rains throughout the past week threatened to put a damper on the event, but with some last minute snow and an eager group of skiers, the races went off without a hitch. “Every year, we attempt to attract new skiers and this year was no exception,” said Race Director Colin Jandreau. “This year we added the Maine Marathon challenge, which piggy-backs off another Maine Ski event. It encourages skiers to compete in the Sugarloaf 50K Skate-Style Marathon on Saturday and the Acadia FCU 40K Classic-Style Marathon on Sunday. The best combined time (male and female) from both events wins a $250 prize.”

Apparently, the word got out and the two winners were Ryan Kerrigan on the men’s side with a combined time of 4:05:03 (1:58:25 at Sugarloaf Marathon; 2:06:38 at Acadia FCU Marathon) and Robyn Anderson on the women’s side with a combined time of 4:18:07 (2:01:12 at Sugarloaf Marathon; 2:16:55 at Acadia FCU Marathon).

The top three male finishers in the skate-style 40K Marathon were (1) Eirik Fosnaes (1:48:32); (2) Marco Boucher (1:58:20); (3) Jeff Dubis (2:03:42), while the top three female finishers in the same category were (1) Katrina Howe (1:55:29); (2) Sarah Peters (1:58:30); (3) Patricia Hebert (2:24:18).

The top four male finishers in the classic-style 40K Marathon were (1) Welly Ramsey (1:57:29); (2) Ryan Kerrigan (2:06:38); (3) Mike Smith (2:32:58); (4) Marco Levesque (2:56:47). The top three finishers on the women’s side were (1) Robyn Anderson (2:16:55); (2) Mary Stewart (2:22:05); (3) Hilary McNamee (2:28:53).

David Desjardins, President/CEO of Acadia Federal Credit Union, was present at the race and thrilled with the participation, “We, at Acadia FCU, are always eager for this winter event and happy to sponsor it year after year. It is so great to see people taking advantage of the amazing facilities that we have right here in the St. John Valley.”

Full results and pictures from the event are located on the Four Seasons website – www.fourseasonstrail.org.

For more information about this press release or to schedule an interview with David Desjardins, CEO/President, please contact Kate Dumond at 207.834.6167 or kdumond@acadiafcu.org