What a day for the Ford Sayre Nordic community!
A new week, another classic New England ski race, and substantially different weather than last Saturday’s Bogburn. But the cold could not deter the New England Nordic faithful from a day of racing at Rikert Nordic Center for this year’s Silver Fox Trot.
All told, a staggering 227 racers took to the starting line. A full 90 of those skiers were affiliated with Ford Sayre; parents and volunteer who have seen the Silver Fox Trot evolve over the years assumed both totals were among the highest ever. The Rikert crew worked tirelessly to provide excellent skiing on several iterations of their race course. Highlights from racing included countless top tens for Ford Sayre skiers, podium finishes for Wendall Durham and Tomas Masterson, a win for Sarah Glueck and one very high stakes Chicken Race. We were impressed by all the gutsy racing!
None of this would have been possible without all the volunteers. Special shoutouts to Margaret Loftus and Jonathan Durham for organizing and directing the entire operation; to Jonathan Chipman and Hope Rennie for coordinating the timing and registration operations; and the JNT team and parents for volunteering throughout the morning and then throwing bibs on and taking part in the Citizens Race! The Silver Fox Trot is many things at once — a mainstay on the New England Nordic race calendar, an event for skiers of every age, ability, and inclination, and a celebration of the Ford Sayre community. This year’s edition was a huge success, and we feel very proud and grateful to be a part of such a special organization.