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Sharkfest is officially over! The weather was great and it was an awesome weekend of racing, lots of fun times were had. We would like to thank all the volunteers and parents who helped make sharkfest happen, we couldn’t do it without you!!!
Photos from the weekend are linked below, hopefully we got at least one picture of everyone! Photos courtesy of Daniel Patterson.
Welcome skiers. The Rocky Mountain Racers have returned to the eastern slopes of Mount Rundle on the biathlon trails at the Canmore Nordic Center (CNC) for the 16th annual sharkfest on the second weekend of March. As a final tune-up for Canadian Championships just two weeks later, we are offering two identical events : classic sprint and a short free. Registration is now open on zone 4!!! Race Notice can be found here.
For more info and updates follow us on Twitter@RMRSharkfest
RACE NOTICE CORRECTION: Day passes for race days are still required by all racers, coaches and any one skiing the trails. They are $5 per day and may be purchased at the race office or at the team captains meeting. A ‘team Purchase’ either with cash or cheque would simplify distribution. Our apologies for getting this information wrong.
Over the past two seasons, RMR has been working with Mt. Borah to design and create custom high performance nordic and cycling gear. It is with great pleasure that RMR is annoucing that their partnership with Mt. Borah will continue on into the 2012-2013 ski season.
The entire RMR team, including athletes, coaches and family members, has been more than happy with the fit, performance, and overall appearance of the Mt. Borah team gear.
The team has been especially thrilled with the new cycling wear, which was tried and tested at our spring bike camp in Creston.
“It is an absolute pleasure working with the team at Mt. Borah. From design to delivery, Mt. Borah is as professional and personable as you can get.” (Karen Messenger, RMR Team uniform coordinator)
With the continued expansion of the team, RMR is especially greatful to Mt. Borah for their continued support and decidication in their quest for athletic excellence. As we look forward to another great ski season, we also look forward to working with the awesome team at Mt. Borah.
Thank you Mt. Borah!
RMR would like to thank the National Winter Sports Association for their continued support this year, with a grant of $12,500 to support RMR in hiring full time professional coaches and to support the advancement of our coaches education.
Sharkfest photos are here!!! Photo’s courtesy of Lahav Wolach. Check out the link…
On a side note RMR would like to thank all the organizers and Volunteers who came out to help make Sharkfest another great success !!! See you all again next year
Over the past two weeks, I have had the honour and privilege to race for Canada at the IBU Cups #6 & #7 in Canmore, Alberta. To be among such high calibre athletes was really exciting, inspiring, and such a rewarding experience. This is the first time that the IBU Cup has been hosted outside of Europe. Biathletes from 13 nations participated in the event, including the powerhouses of biathlon: Germany, Norway and Russia.
It was super awesome to be part of such a great team and to see Canada perform so well!! We had a hat trick of gold medals by Nathan Smith, a bronze for Yolaine Oddou and a plethora of Canadians in the top 10 and personal bests all round. I would also like to congratulate the RMR athletes who gave it their all in the IBU races! Our coaching staff and waxing team was unbelievably awesome and so supportive – THANK YOU!!!
For me, the series of 4 races started off slowly, however, I learned so much from my first international biathlon racing experience. I went from missing 8 shots out of 10 and placing 37th (and last) in the first 7.5km Sprint race – to hitting 10 out of 10 and moving up six places in the next Sprint race the following day. It was something that my coaches called: “the definition of a turn-around.”
I went on to have my personal best shooting and result in the 15km Individual race and improved my Sprint ranking in the last race. Training really does pay off!!
It was great to ski on my home course and have so many friends and teammates there to cheer me on. I knew that my family was watching me back home in Ontario on the internet, and it helps to know that I have so much support. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
I also want to thank everyone in RMR for being there – not just at these races, but all year round. From the super fun training camps to those grueling SSS workouts and every -20 degree Celsius shooting session in between, I’m proud to be part of such a great team!!! GO RMR GO!!!
Faster Skier Interviews RMR Biathletes and XC skier, Stuart Harden, Danielle Vrielink and Maya MacIsaac-Jones who will all be competing for Canada, in the 2012 Youth Olympic Games.
Check it out !!!
RMR would like to thank the National Winter Sports Association for their grant of $10,000 to assist in paying and educating our assistant coach Luke McGurk.