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Thirteen team brave sub-zero temps at 6-Hour Michigan Cup Relays

Sun, Jan  7, 2018 - By Justin Andre

It was cold, very cold. Forty-minutes before the 10:00am race start time, the temperature on the Northbound Outfitter/Cross Country Ski Shop sign showed -26F! This was certainly going to be one of the colder, if not the coldest, race start in the Michigan Cup Series. But the Hanson Hills 6-Hour Michigan Cup Team Relay was going to start, albeit with a short delay.

-26F shorly before the start of the 6-hour Michigan Cup Team Realy

We had 13 total teams, the cold keeping the numbers down from years past of 30 plus teams. The race started with a 1 hour delay, with temperature at the race start a frosty -12F degrees. After about 2 hours, we were in positive territory at 6F degrees. The first 2.5 hours of the race used the short Green Trail loop so racers wouldn't get too cold. We changed the course for the last 2.5 hours to the longer Green-to-Blue-to-Easy-Return set of trails.

6-hour Michigan Cup Team Time Trial

We had a great group of diehard skiers, great food, and an overall fun time! A big Thanks to my groomers Tommy G. and Jason for making sure the course was top notch, also a big thanks to Northbound Outfitter/Cross Country Ski Shop for providing some great division prizes.

6-hour Michigan Cup Team Time Trial

6-Hour Michigan Cup Team Time Trial Results

Men

BibRelay NameMEMBER 1MEMBER 2MEMBER 3MI-CupTotal Laps
4 Yes It is 30 Below James Beebe Steve Smigiel JR. Don Camp GRNST 17
9 Yinzers Jason Zimmerman Jon Kruper Alan Hush XCHQ 16
7 40 Below But We Have Snow Theo VonWaurmenich Larry Kanaby Rick Neier XCHQ 14
3 GRNST #2 Greg Worsnop Steve Smigiel Peter Johnson GRNST 13
12 The Terrible Towels Denny McDonough Jon Williams Mark Smith XCHQ 12
8 The Mercury Melters Avery Folk Tom Wernette Arne Ulbrich XCHQ 12

Co-Ed

BibRelay NameMEMBER 1MEMBER 2MEMBER 3MI-CupTotal Laps
1 Hog Wild Racing Weston Willouhjby Rebecca Davis Mike Davis HH/CCSS 17
10 Colder than Ice! Robin Luce Bob Smith Brenda Carlson-Brown HH/CCSS 16
2 Hog Wild Racing #2 Bruce Barton Roxanne Barton Mary Schlimmer HH/CCSS 15
13 Snotcicles Walter Johnson Lorrine Lund Jim Anderson HH/CCSS 12
11 A Dude And Two Chicks Louie Johnson Ernie Brumbaugh Rachelle Howe GRNST 11
5 Team RWB Nickie Owens Matt Soderquist Jon Williamson HH/CCSS 7
6 Team Fairbanks Troy Fairbanks Josh Fairbanks Josie Fairbanks XCHQ 5

6-hour Michigan Cup Team Time Trial

6-hour Michigan Cup Team Time Trial

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6-hour Michigan Cup Team Time Trial

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6-hour Michigan Cup Team Time Trial