It was an endurance day today at the Nordic Heritage Center as the ski season came to an end today with the National Distance Championships.
Some of North America's top skiers were battling for the LL Bean National Distance Championships on Tuesday at the Nordic Heritage Center. The races were the final events of the season. The conditions were on the warm side, but the trails held up for the skiers.
(Sadie Bjornsen):"The conditions were amazing today. You saved the best for the end. The snow was perfect and the sun was out. It was really fun."
The two time Olympian had a great few days in Presque Isle. In the distance race. Bjornsen and six other skiers broke away from the pack at the 15 k mark and then Bjornsen continued to work on pulling away from the pack. By the 25 k spot she trailed Former Olympian Rosie Brennan by two seconds and then in the final loop was able to overtake Brennan and picked up the win in a time of 1:21:29 34 seconds ahead of Brennan and Julia Kern ended up third.
Bjornsen:" I could see it was a pack and every single lap when we went up the climb I tried to drop one or two people off the pack. Because of the wind everything held together a little bit more. It was also fun to ski with the girls at the end of the season. It was a celebratory race out here."
Two County skiers took part in the Jr 20 K race. For both skiers it was their first time skiing in the 20 k event. Abigail Streinz of Hersey finished in fourth spot and Sarah Beaulieu of Fort Fairfield finished sixth.
(Abigail Streinz):" It was a really hard course and I wasn't 100 percent happy with it, but the last race of the season and it was sunny. I am always happy with the sun."
(Sarah Beauleu):" I wasn't expecting a ton out of this race. I have been super tired and just getting back from the Biathlon Nationals during the weekend. It was fun to be back on this course."
On the men's side Sadie' brother Erik was also victorious. Brjonsen and four other skiers stayed in a tight pack for the majority of the 50 k race. By the 45 k mark Davis Norris held a 4 tenths of a second lead over Bjornsen and then te two time Olympian was able to pull away from Norris and he picked up a ten second win. Simi Hamilton finished third. Bjornsen finished in a time of 2:13:23. That race put an end on the season and Sadie Bjornsen says the last few months were very hectic.
Bjornsen:" It has been a long season. I left home on November 14th so I have been on the road for a while. There's been a lot of highs and lows and it is certainly fun to end on a high here in Presque Isle. Thanks for having us here."