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Northern Illinois Nordic Results

Mon, Feb  5, 2007 - By Bob Richards

Matt Zak of Pewaukee, WI and Kielo Sauvala of Mt. Propsect, IL were the winners in arctic conditions on Saturday,  Feb. 3 at the Northern Illinois Nordic 16.5K race held at Petrifying Springs County Park in Kenosha, WI. Skiers braved winds gusting to 30 m.p.h. with temps around 6 degrees F.

The race had been postponed three times at its home location at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton, Il, west of Chicago, before the move to Kenosha.

The three-lap race was held on a 3.4-mile loop with one long climb on each circuit. Seventy-three skiers finished the 16.5K, 11 the 5K, most having driven more than hour to get there on snowy roads. A few skiers dropped out after two laps because of the severe conditions or equipment problems.

Special thanks to the Kenosha County Park Dept. for hosting this transplanted race.
--Bob Richards, race director
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