In the first race of the day Paul McCloskey took the 5k in 11:40 followed by Jake Maarse in 11:41 with Emma Wheeler took the ladies division in 17:53, followed closely by Margaret Scott in 17:54, great race ladies.
After warming up in the 5 k, Jake Maarse easily won the 10k in 24:04 followed 3 minutes later by Marc Baillon followed closely by a local and long time skate the laker Dave Burt. Heidi Hatch, sore knee and all, held the lead for the women in 31:16 coming in a half second ahead of Jan Zwaan!
The 25 kilometer marathon was easily taken by Adrian Loewen with a time of 55:02, 7 minutes ahead of Dusan Hoferek. Jen Benediktson and Melanie Hundt placed very well in the women’s category with a time of 1:07:39 and 1:09:11 respectively.
The fastest lap times of the day were reserved for the 50K marathon with Sergio Almeralla flying around the oval in 01:57.936 on his first lap, thats over 30 km/h, and long-time Skate-the-Laker, Jake Maarse chasing him 01:57.978 in his second lap of the race. Sergio finished the 50 k in 1:54:48, 2 minutes ahead of Jake. Guylaine Larouche won the women's 50K in a time of 2:02:5, ahead of long time participant Catherine Kwiecien in 2:18:55, 6 minutes in front of Rosie Chong. Local competitor Marco Smits narrowly managed to scrape by Portland Outdoors’ president, John Bongers in 2:23:18 after Bongers had to stop for a moment due to technical difficulties, or to help a wounded puppy, we're not sure which, “There will definitely be a rematch next year” say Bongers.
The crowd of spectators enjoyed the weather and took part in curling, hockey and sleigh rides complemented by the endless supply of hot food and beverages provided by the dedicated team of volunteers. Curling sensation, and RBC Olympian Rachel Homan was a definite crowd favourite demonstrating her skills on the outdoor curling rink and taking part in the ceremonies. RBC Olympian Derek O’Farrell was back again this year to help the relay team “Chairman of the Board” to a respectable tie for 3rd place. The busy day was capped off with DJ music and a laser light show by Johnny 5 and a grand display of fireworks!
For the photo gallery of pics taken by STL volunteer John Truyens click 2015 Pics
Skate the Lake 2015 Race Results, Top 10
50K Time 25K Time Sergio Almeralla 1:54:48.956 Adrian Loewen 55:02.366 Jake Maarse 1:56:44.185 Dusan Hoferek 1:02:12.502 Charles Beaudoin 2:02:15.212 Paul McCloskey 1:03:12.957 Guylaine Larouche 2:02:16.157 Greg Dabrowski 1:03:42.444 Todd Schonewille 2:11:27.825 Jen Benediktson 1:07:39.539 Catherine Kwiecien 2:18:55.354 Melanie Hundt 1:09:11.689 Marco Smits 2:23:18.810 Neal Hundt 1:09:11.981 Rosie Chong 2:24:37.006 Tonya Hoferek 1:09:18.228 John Bongers 2:24:37.461 Chloe Segal 1:09:59.309
10K Time 5K Time Jake Maarse 24:04.864 Paul McCloskey 11:40.616 Marc Baillon 27:41.099 Jake Maarse 11:41.415 Dave Burt 28:50.150 Mel Roberts 13:51.050 Mike Petter 29:31.968 Matthew Crovella 13:54.158 Wesley Orr 30:19.496 Chris Allan 15:26.182 Wilby McKnight 30:46.975 Andrew Goss 15:58.515 Andrew Goss 31:13.609 Jim Hart 16:02.458 Heidi Hatch 31:16.414 Paul Crovella 17:17.035 Jan Zwaan 31:17.020 Emma Grace Wheeler 17:53.035 Eric Lepage 34:39.814 Margaret Scott 17:54.706
1st Place: "The Snurf Chasers" - From Syracuse NY, Captained by Isabel Crovella 2nd Place: Team "Cat in the Hat, Captained by Pegi Crawford-Newlands of Ottawa 3rd Place in a tightly contested finish, ended in a tie Harmony Landing, Captained by Local Eric Steigerwauld Chairman of the board Captained by Rebecca Chant w/ assistance from Derek O'Farrell
The Kids 5K race as always was a big hit with the crowd,congratulations to all competitors;
Boys Girls 1st Lucius Peladeau Sarah Corvella 2nd Josh Mohns Isobel Corvella 3rd Aden Dube Hannah Mohns