30 Jan 2015

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Next Marathons:
- North American Marathon, Lake Memphremagog
Newport, Vermont, 31 Jan & 1 Feb
(see ice report, below)
Marathon Finale at Lake Placid,
27 Feb - 1 Mar
Results for Skate the Lake, 24 Jan, Portland, Ontario
(click image, below, for race summary)
Skate the Lake 2015
See MSI's Twitter feed for the latest updates for the North American Marathon!

Oval on Lake Memphremagog Awaits Marathon Skaters

Trail to Magog Will Remain Buried in Snow

30 Jan 2015, Newport, VT- Phil White wrote today: "Just wanted to welcome skaters and spectators to the North American Marathon 2015 Speedskating Championships this weekend.

Please note, The EastSide WILL be doing a Seafood Buffet for us starting at 6 pm on Saturday evening.  The confusion (for those who tried to call in) was that this will not be open to the public.  So we hope you will plan on joining us Saturday evening.  The EastSide will also be offering some live music Friday night in the bar, so if you are arriving this evening, please drop by and say hello and enjoy some good music.

As for breakfast offerings, you have several options in town.  Brenda’s Homestyle Cooking on Main Street,  The Brown Cow on East Main Street, The Club at the Newport Country Club, and The EastSide will be offering a breakfast as well.

We are very excited to be hosting the North American Marathon and to the return of speedskating to Lake Memphremagog."

28 Jan 2015, Newport, Vermont- Phil White wrote on his FaceBook page, "Thanks to "The Brush" and "The Jug", and a clear cold night to spread water around the oval, we now have an excellent surface for our North American Marathon Speedskating Championships this weekend and the Oval is now open to the public.

"The bad news is that we have been unable to plow down to a skateable surface for a Nordic trail to Magog. We will be unable to do The Great Skate on Monday. It's off. We will offer some kind of events on the oval on Monday such as relays, etc."

(Photo, below, of the track taken on 27 January. The EastSide Restaurant, site of check-in, changing area, and Saturday night's fabulous seafood buffet, is in the background. Photo by Phil White)

Ice Conditions Look Promising for the North American Marathon

16 Jan 2015, Newport, Vermont- Phil White, Director and organizer of the North American Marathon, reports on his Facebook page the following news: "We've cleared the oval and have laid the first coat of water, thanks to some great help by Newport Parks Recreation and the City of Newport. Work has also begun on the Nordic Skating Trail." A montage of photos, below, shows the work in progress on Lake Memphremagog. (see below for excerpts of historic accounts of the 1983 Alternative Elfstendentoch)

Lake Memphremagog track prep, 1-16-2015

In a phone interview with MSI, Phil mentioned that snow has been cleared to create a nearly 700-meter oval, similar to last year's configuration. Work is progressing daily on the surface of the track. With another deep freeze in the forecast, Phil expects to open the track for skating soon.

The city of Newport, Vermont, eagerly awaits the North American Marathon. Residents look forward to free 1- and 5-km races on Saturday, February 27, the day of the 25-km half marathon. The EastSide Restaurant, marathon headquarters for the weekend, will serve a special seafood buffet on Saturday evening (to ensure a spot at the table, please call ahead for dinner reservations, 802-334-2340).
If you're planning to skate in Newport, please don't delay your registration.

Refer to the MSI North American Marathon page for complete details about the events.

Neal Hundt