A fresh coating of snow, moderate temperatures, and little wind set the stage for an ideal day for the 22nd running of the North End Classic. 130 racers assembled for this great community tradition. All racers received a custom Borah Teamwear ski hat and gathered for a post-race pasta feed at the Rivers Eatery in Cable.
Younger skiers in the North End Cookie Classic also had a great day, as they participated in races of .5 km, 1 km, and 2 km. All “Cookie” skiers received a bag of cookies on a ribbon as their award.
Images of the day’s racing by local photographer Kelly Randolph can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/OnceInABlueMoonStudioKellyRandolph.
The new snow, while freshly groomed, created slower than usual conditions, but that did not deter former Olympian John Bauer from setting a blazing pace around the North End Classic course in a winning time of 1:21:26. In addition to his win, that day Bauer (Hayward, Wis.) also celebrated his 52nd birthday. The balance of the men’s 25km podium reads like a Who’s Who of the North End Classic with past champions Adam Swank (Duluth, Minn.) taking second at 1:22:31 and Jonathan Rulseh (Ironwood, Mich.) third, just five seconds back at 1:22:36.
In the women’s North End Classic 25km a number of new faces graced the podium with Maria Stutz (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.) taking top honors at 1:41:04. Ketzel Levens (Duluth, Minn.) secured second place with a time of 1:42:02 as Katrin O’Grady (Minneapolis, Minn.) took third at 1:48:20.
In the men’s 12.5km North End Classic, Paul Cigan (Hayward, Wis.) thoroughly dominated the field winning by over an eight minute margin at 42:13. Jeff Tumbleson (Hayward, Wis.) turned in a solid 50:35 second place performance with Tristin Bentzler (Eau Claire, Wis.) rounding out the top three at 52:05.
The women’s 12.5km race saw Quinn Schollett (Minneapolis, Minn.) take top honors with a time of 56:44. She also placed fifth overall among all male and female participants. Jaime Mueller (Winona, Minn.), less than a minute back came second at 57:33, with Beth Emerson (Spooner, Wis. ) following in third at 1:02:00.
Complete results can be viewed at https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=267192.
The North End Classic is grateful for the generous support of many area businesses and race organizers extend a hearty thank you to 2022 North End Classic sponsors! Major Sponsors: Borah Teamwear, Rivers Eatery. Event Sponsors: Hayward Area Memorial Hospital/Water’s Edge, Cable Area Chamber of Commerce, New Moon Ski and Bike Shop, Essentia Health, McKinney Realty LLC, Redbery Books, United Church of Christ. Associate Sponsors: Cable Chiropractic Clinic, Coop’s Pizza Parloure, Cresthill Resort, Delta Diner, Start Line Inn/Start Line Services, Seeley Veterinary Clinic. Supporting Sponsors: Backroads Coffee, Brickhouse Café, Drumming Woods B&B, Mogasheen Resort, Northern Native Plantscapes, Rondeau’s, Sawmill Saloon, Velo Café.