WARRENVILLE, IL -- In nearly perfect conditions for off-road roller-skiing, Jan Myrda and Kielo Sauvala were repeat men's and women's winners on Saturday at the 8K CASCO Limestone Loppet on the McKee Marsh trails at Blackwell Forest Preserve in DuPage County, IL. The 4K CAT-Ski race was also a repeat as the product's inventor, Dale Niggemann, crushed the field. Myrda, 39, of Palos Heights, IL, won the 8K freestyle in 21:34.6, with Tom Dvoratchek, 40, of Streamwood, IL, second in 22:44.0, and Niggemann, 44, of Stevens Point, WI, third in 23:00. On the women's side, Sauvala, 53, of Glenview, IL, won easily in 31:47.0. Second went to Sarah Hraha, 50, of Clarendon Hills, IL, in 43:57.6, and third was taken by Robin Carlson, 46, of Berwyn, IL, in 49:46.2. A total of 34 skiers completed the race.
The CAT-Ski race, contested shortly after the freestyle race, was won by Niggemann in 23:19.1. Dvoratchek made it two runner-ups for the day with a 25:52.2, and Jukka Lyly-Yrjanainen, 45, of Elk Grove Village, IL, also doing both races, took third in 27:01. Women's winner was Bonnie Perkins, age not available, of Hinsdale, IL, in 29:22. There were 12 finishers in the CAT-Ski race.
Temperatures in the low 30s, and limestone that was dry and firm, made for
a great day of rolling and CAT-Skiing in the events produced by Northern Illinois Nordic in cooperation with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.
The next Illinois races will be on snow. They are the Northern Illinois Nordic in Wheaton on Jan. 8 and the Joliet Nordic in Joliet on Jan. 9.
Photos by Bob Richards