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The Crystal 50 and the Crystal 100
Hiawatha Highlands
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
October 22, 2005

The conditions for the 4th annual event were good with partly sunny skies and temperatures between 0 and 8 degrees. The trails were in good condition with very few muddy spots.

This year's run was unique in two ways. It was the first time in the 4 year history of the event that there was a race for the coveted Crystal 100 crown. Also, there were only two starters, Larry Tomie and Mario Festival.

Tomie started the event with a sizeable lead over Festival having won the Crystal Ski Race earlier this year with a personal best time of 2:54:49. Whereas Festival had his slowest ski time ever with a time of 3:33:41. This gave Tomie a lead of 38:52. Click on Crystal 50 Ski Race for results from the Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club web site.

Festival was able to squeeze out a victory with the narrowest of margins and set a new course record. Festival reached the marathon mark in 3:09 and Tomie's time was 3:46. The marathon mark is approximately at the start of the Inner Loop on the 4th lap.

Crystal 50          Time       Splits
Mario Festival      3:52:20    8:14  51:27  53:53  56:55  61:50
Larry Tomie         4:35:51    9:31  61:20  63:01  65:28  76:30
Crystal 100         Total      Ski      Run
Mario Festival      7:26:01    3:33:41  3:52:20
Larry Tomie         7:30:40    2:54:49  4:35:51