Aroostook Cup Outdoor Series

Aroostook Cup Facebook Page Now Live

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 2:52pm

Results and points from this past weekend's Frostbite 5k / 15k / 30k in Fort Kent have been posted.  Also, we now have an Aroostook Cup page on facebook.  Event updates will be posted on this page and on Facebook throughout the season.  Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/roostikup?ref=br_tf

 

Aroostook Cup 2015 Kicks Off In Madawaska with Deprey Classic

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 8:50am

MADAWASKA - On crisp, clear day this past weekend, approximately 65 energetic and enthusiastic people of all ages and ability levels participated in the 2015 Deprey Classic 6.5K Freestyle Races, tour, and kids’ races at the Four Seasons Lodge in Madawaska.

Four Season Trail Association President Colin Jandreau said, “For the first Aroostook Cup race [of the season], it was pretty good. Hopefully, it kickstarts the season off.”

The season-opener this year, and in most years, the Deprey Classic heralded the start of the Aroostook Cup races, a race series that travels around Aroostook County and includes six races over the course of the ski season.

Veteran athletes dominated the race results, with MWSC biathlon coach Seth Hubbard taking first place overall in the Deprey Classic with a time of 17:38, followed closely by MWSC athletes Dustin Ramsey, with a time of 17:39, and Ben Allen, with a time of 17:49. MWSC athletes

Michaela Paluszek took first place for women and 11th overall with a time of 20:07, followed closely by MWSC athlete Katrina Howe, with a time of 20:08, in 12th overall. Third place for the women went to Hilary Soucy, a University of Maine at Presque Isle athlete, with a time of 22:03, in 17th overall.

UMPI athletes took fourth and fifth places for both men and women, with Ethan Burke and Andrew Nesbitt both across the finish line in under 18:30 and Lydia Streinz and Valentina Annuziata finishing under 23:45. Burke and Nesbitt were also in 4th and 5th places overall; Streinz and Annuziata were in 21st and 22nd place overall.

Caribou resident Joey Bard, a former UMPI and MWSC athlete, came in 10th after an unbroken stream of nine current UMPI and MWSC athletes, with at time of 19:48.

Following those current and former UMPI and MWSC athlete leaders and less than a minute behind Katrina Howe was Fort Kent resident Jeff Dubis, in 13th place overall with a time of 20:57, and Edmundston resident Marco Boucher with a time of 20:58.

Hubbard joked about his race-winning efforts, “I worked way too hard at that.” He said that conditions for the race were great, and complimented race organizers, saying that the Deprey Classic is one of his favorites.

“Every year, the Madawaska race is well run, with a lot of energy, and a good turnout,” he said.

Race organizer Jandreau said, “We couldn’t do this without our founding father,” referring to local skiing legend, Reno Deprey. Jandreau sends race results to the octogenarian every year.

“You look at someone who just keeps going and going,” he said, about Deprey, who is turning 85 this year, and will be racing in the American Birkebeiner, a 50K race, in Hayward, Wisconsin in February. Deprey and fellow Birke racer Becky Manley donated all the prizes for racers and volunteers at the Jan. 11 race, along with Ski Shop owner Lynn Michaud.

Jandreau added, “What an attitude. You say, 'that’s what I want to try to do.' They become role models.”

Kathy Olmstead, a spectator at the race and local skier, also praised the efforts of the younger skiers in the 6.5k race, saying, “The older kids are role models for the little ones; it goes from generation to generation. If you see [someone else doing it], you know it can be done.”

Race organizers prepared a display that thanked Deprey and Manley, and another that thanked volunteer Gerry Roy for his work on the trails over the course of the ski season and in preparation for the Deprey Classic race; Roy donates upwards of 250 hours a year to help maintain the Four Seasons facility.

For more information about other opportunities in Madawaska to get out and get active, visit the Four Seasons’ website at fourseasonstrail.org, or contact Power of Prevention’s Community Outreach Coordinator Julie Daigle, at 834-2003 or julie@powerofprevention.org.  The next Aroostook Cup takes place in Fort Kent at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center on Sunday, Jan 18th.  See you there!

Aroostook Cup 2015!

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 4:01pm

Greetings Skiers and welcome to winter once again!  The 2015 Aroostook Cup ski calendar is up and details about each race are forthcoming.  We look forward to seeing you all out at the series opener in Madawaska on Jan 11th.  Until then, enjoy the snow and Happy Holidays.  Check back often for more race details!

 

Final Standings Posted

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 7:28am

Final Aroostook Cup standings have been posted.  Questions or discrepancies should be reported no later than Wednesday 3/19 at 9 PM.  Awards will be presented Saturday 3/22 at the end of season celebration, to be held at Quoggy Jo in Presque Isle.  Visit the events calendar for more details.  A huge thank you to all the skiers, race organizers, sponsors and volunteers that made this season's Aroostook Cup happen despite the cold winter!  Congratulations to all who participated.  Now get out and enjoy the spring skiing!

Downtown Ski Fest Highlights Community Spirit

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 8:17pm

CARIBOU – Friday evening, while most people were wrapping up another workweek, crews from the City of Caribou, Soderberg Construction, Caribou Parks and Rec, and the Boreal Outdoor Club were just beginning the ambitious task of transforming downtown Caribou into a Nordic ski arena.  Hauling over 90 truckloads of snow from the surrounding area, crews worked late into the night to turn Sweden Street and the adjacent parking area into a winter wonderland for the weekend’s line up of cross-country ski events.

Saturday showcased the newly evolved Downtown Ski Festival.  The event was a collaborative effort of several organizations including the City of Caribou, the Boreal Outdoor Club, the Parks and Rec Department, the Caribou Rotary Club, the Maine Winter Sports Center, Cary Medical, and other area businesses.  Taking the annual Aroostook Youth Ski Festival, Middle School Ski Sprints, and the Aroostook Cup citizen race series, the group combined these events into a one-day festival in the downtown.  To top it off, participants and spectators at the festival had the chance to view homegrown Olympian Russell Currier compete in his race debut in Sochi, Russia on large screen televisions thanks to local dowtown business, Options RTO.    

Middle school teams from around the county kicked off the day on Saturday with sprints on Sweden Street, while younger skiers had the opportunity to partake in youth ski festival activities in the nearby snow-covered parking lot.  On the girls’ side Hope Shea of Caribou took the overall win in the sprints, while JoJo Fields and Sidney Thompson, also of Caribou, rounded out second and third place respectively.  In the boys’ field Caribou skier Dan Randolph took 2nd place overall, just edging out Presque Isle’s Dustin Alward.  Alward’s teammate Max Bartley was the overall sprint winner for the day.   In the team competition Caribou took the win on both the boys’ and girls’ sides, bringing a fitting conclusion on the hometown course. 

Saturday afternoon played host to the first-ever Maine State Ski Sprints, the newest addition to the winter-long Aroostook Cup Citizen Ski Series.  Skiers ranging in age from 12 to 60+ years old participated in a double-elimination style sprint race, followed by a less-than-official team sprint relay.  Lauren Jacobs of the Bangor-area Penobscot Valley Ski Club proved the third fastest woman of the day, while Emily Ramsey of the Nordic Heritage Sport Club in Presque Isle took second, and Fort Kent’s Mikaela Paluszek brought the win home to the 10th Mtn Outdoor Club.  In the male division Kamran Husain, another 10th Mtn skier took the win, followed closely by Lance McKenney and Andrew Nesbitt, both of the Nordic Heritage Sport Club.

With the downtown action successfully completed, Sunday found skiers gathering once again, only this time at the Caribou Country Club for Aroostook County’s longest running ski race and tour – the Henry Anderson Ski Dag.  This year marked the 39th consecutive year of the event, and in celebration participants were greeted with a spectacular morning on the trails.  Clear skies, fresh snow and bright sun brought temperatures steadily north of the single digits by the time racers took off on the 8-kilometer classic course.  This time around it was Stockholm skier Sarah Dominick who crossed the line first for the women, earning maximum points for the Snowy Mtn Trails Club.  10th Mtn once again was well represented in second and third place finishes from Sienna Ellingson and Mikaela Paluszek, respectively.  Decisively besting the entire field for the day was Caribou skier Finn Bondeson, who crossed the line first winning the men’s field.  In second place was Mike Smith of Presque Isle’s Nordic Heritage Sport Club, and finally Jeff Dubis of 10th Mtn. 

In the Aroostook Cup Points standings the 10th Mtn Outdoor Club sits in first, followed by the Nordic Heritage Sport Club, and in third sits Caribou’s Boreal Outdoor Club (formerly the Northern Skiers).  For complete results from the weekend’s races and up-to-date Aroostook Cup standings please visit the results tab.  The next Aroostook Cup event is Saturday, Feb 15th at the Aroostook Wildlife Refuge in Limestone. 

The organizers of the Caribou Downtown Ski Festival would like to thank the sponsors, businesses, spectators and of course the skiers that came out to celebrate the weekend.  While Russell Currier represents his home and his country in Russia, the local community continues to show that the ski culture he emerged from here in Northern Maine is alive and well.  

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