Monday, January 31, 2011

HURT Invades Holland Patent

Saturday morning HURT showed up to the Holland Patent Classic Race to be greeted by fresh snow and beautiful conditions. Kick wax was surprisingly tricky, with powder snow and temps in the high 20’s by race time. Most racers settled with Violet/VR 45 that “kind of/sort of” kicked. The course was a very fast double pole-fest, so fast skis trumped good kick.

HURT skiers took 2nd, 4th, and 5th overall (Yarsevich, Torniainen, Adam Luban) and also came home with SIX age group wins (Yarsevich, Torniainen, Adam Luban, T. Huneck, Ed Luban, Matti Torniainen). The Director, Aaron Huneck, also jumped into a Bill Koch race, after skiing approximately 50K beforehand doing timing splits and barking orders at his team on course. Nothing makes a HURT skier faster than seeing that menacing glare in the Director’s eyes.

Nice job to everyone there! Great job to Holland Patent for putting on a great race!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Big Days in Day...and Glens Falls

This past weekend saw a flurry of racing as HURT athletes were enticed to races in and Saratoga County. Saturday held two races, the 10K Queensbury Invitational at Crandall Park and the 24K Sacandaga Mini Marathon in Day, NY. Both races saw a solid HURT contingent show up to battle for the win.

In the Mini Marathon, Kvam jumped quickly into a lead group with Peru's Mike Wynn and Jon Santor. Over the course of the 4 laps of the twisting 6K loop the trio split apart as Wynn skied to the win with Kvam sliding across in 2nd a couple minutes ahead of Santor. In a battle royale for 4th place it was HURT's Matt Torniainen who edged out Peru's Stan Hatch by 2 seconds. Perhaps this was foreshadowing for the end of the year throwdown at NYSSRA champs against two of NYSSRA's top contending clubs.

Other great results were had by:
Jill Kozoil: M2 first place
Kathy Schwenk: M4 first place
Dan Schwenk: M6 3rd place
Dave Burt:M6 6th place
Eric Hamilto: 1st place M8

A short drive away, at Crandall Park, Queensbury HS team and Bob Underwood hosted the annual JOQ/ESG/HS/MASTERS/MENS/WOMENS/OPEN/SCHOLASTIC/CITIZENSRACE/ANYONEWHOSKIS/ANDTHEIRMOM race which draws massive numbers from all around the state.

In the ESG/JOQ J2 race it was once again the HURT "trio of triumph" that flexed their muscle. In 2nd, 3rd and 4th place it was A.Huenck, Adam Luban and Brian Halligan who were just bested by Gavin Hess.

Even the Director himself jumped into to tangle in the J3 race and finished in 2nd.

The race of the day went to Will Frielinghaus who skied away with the fastest time of the day in the J1 race.

In the J1/OJ race Newly signed Becky Christoffel had a solid 6th place finish.

HURT masters showed up in numbers for this race and it was Chris Yarsevich who led the way in 2nd place followed by Tim Huneck, Ed Luban, Matti Torniainen, Rene Clark and Alec Davis finished in 4, 5, 11, 14, and 15th respectively.

Carol Fisher took the 3rd podium spot in the Women's race.

HURT skiers were back at Day to contest the Shenendehowa Classic race and it was HURT's Chloe Boutelle and Becky Christoffel who went 2 and 3 in the Scholastic Women's race.

The Scholastic Men's race was dominated by the devastating speed of the "threesome of thunder" and the guys shuffled spots from the day before and Brian Halligan, Austin Huneck, and Adam Luban went 1-3.


The Director has another solid effort in his 8th place finish.

Jill Kozoil returned to battle the Saratoga Biathon course and finished 4th in the women's race a few spots ahead of the "QUEENS" effort. (way to go GINA!!)

In the Open/Masters Race it was Classic specialist Bob Underwood who skied to the win just edging a barrage of Peru finishers. Tim Huneck skied to a 7th place just ahead of Ed Luban in 9th. More HURT finishers included...Dave Burt in 9th, Matti T in 17th, Alec Davis in 18th, Rene Clark in 19th and Eric Hamilton in 22nd.

Great job by everyone who raced.

I have writers cramp.

Or the typing equivalent.


And my eyes hurt from peering through results.


See you in Glenville!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Super Tour 2011: "Faster, Colder, and a Little Tighter Pants."

HURT nordic showed up in force at the 2011 USSA Super Tour in Lake Placid. Enjoy the HRT coverage of the event. Well done to Chris Yarsevich, Tim Huneck, Ed Luban, Dave Kvam, Adam Luban, Austin Huneck, Brian Hailligan, Will Frielinghaus, Becky Christoffel, Eric Hamilton and all the many other people that came out to make the Super Tour race as awesome as advertised!

See Full Results here

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Back in Business!

Ok ladies, gentlemen, the unladylike and bums!!! We have snow! (lots of it)....we have races coming up (many)....and we have many available training facilities just waiting to host massive K's of skiing!

Wednesday nights are back on and we will have our regularly scheduled training ski at 5:30. Please visit our calendar page on our website for last minute details on the location. We will either ski at Crandall Park, QHS or Lake George Elem. depending on the best available conditions. Visit

Get ready for some quality sessions with your teammates. Both distance skis and interval sessions. Or come and ski with us and see what we are all about.

Tonight 1/12 we will be skiing at QHS at 5:30. We have lots of new snow and it may not be groomed yet so plan accordingly.

This Friday and Saturday is the USSA Supertour race in Lake Placid hosted by NYSEF. HURT team members will be skiing in both races on Friday and Saturday. We have arranged a HURT team wax room at the biathlon stadium that will be available for HURT members to use. Please chip in a couple bucks to Ed Luban for setting up the arrangements. Friday's race will be at the Ski Jumps so if you need to use the room, please plan for transportation time. Saturday's skate race is at Van Ho so if you want to add a top coat Saturday morning the room is there for you. Come watch our group tangle with some of the USA's best!


6 x 2 minute snow ball fights

Hill repeats

8 x 1 minute snow angels.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Big Disappointment....HURTathon Cancelled

We are sad to report that with no snow on the ground and the forecast for the next few days not yielding large amounts of snow the HURTathon scheduled for 1/9 will be cancelled. There is currently no date for rescheduling but stay tuned to or for updates.

Many tears....Many tears.

Monday, January 3, 2011

HURT Tryouts This Wednesday

Seeing that winter no longer exists in the Northeast and it now snows in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Washington DC, HURT will be forgoing their traditional Wednesday Night Throw Down training sessions and will be holding tryouts for the HURT Badminton and Croquet Team. HURT is looking to extend it's dominance into a sport that actually might exist in the next few years.