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2011 SkiErg World Sprints Results

While many ski races in Scandinavia were being canceled due to lack of snow, the 3rd Annual SkiErg World Sprints took place last weekend in locations around the world and drew a record number of participants. Races were hosted by ski clubs, high school ski teams, CrossFit gyms, fitness centers, and elementary schools, in ten different countries, with competitors ranging in age from 5 to 80. There were over 800 participants—a 50% increase over last year!

Both skiers and non-skiers alike earned top finishes. Christopher McLaughlin, who uses the SkiErg at home for fitness, is the overall men’s winner for the second year in a row with a time of 3:04.3, while Jennie Bender, also last year’s winner, won the women’s event with a time of 3:52.9. Other results of note include a tie for second place overall and first place in the men’s 30-39 category. Jack Nunn of California and Ats Pärnaste of Estonia
both came in with a time of 03:12.9.

McLaughlin, 40, of New Jersey, started rowing and skiing after years of lifting, work and running had injured his knees. The Concept2 Indoor Rower and SkiErg provide him with a low impact, full-body workout. He uses the Concept2 rankings and logbook for motivation while he works out at home.

On the women’s side, Jennie Bender is a strong US skier living in Minnesota and training with the CXC program in Wisconsin. The SkiErg is a regular part of her training program, especially when she can’t get out on rollerskis due to darkness or bad weather. In the next couple weeks she’ll start her competitive season on snow.

In the adaptive field, the men’s win goes to aspiring paralympian for Biathlon David Leach of New York with a time of 4:03.9 (LTA) and the women’s to Christina Kouros (TA)of Maine in 6:56.0. Kouros is one of the first sit skiers to compete in high school ski races. Full SkiErg World Sprints results can be found at the Online Logbook and Ranking.

All host sites with at least 20 participants were entered in a drawing for a new SkiErg. Pat’s Gym in Madison, Wisconsin was the lucky winner.

2011 SkiErg World Sprints: Save the Date!

Mark your calendars: the 3rd Annual SkiErg World Sprints will be held November 11–13, 2011.

This 1000-meter race allows you to compare times against others worldwide in a one-weekend showdown of speed. See how you stack up before you strap on your skis for the season!

Visit SkiErg World Sprints for more details.

Results are available on the Concept2 Logbook

SkiErg World Sprints Attracts New Talent

Both skiers and non-skiers alike succeeded in the 2nd Annual SkiErg World Sprints; Christopher McLaughlin, who uses the SkiErg at home for fitness, set a new men’s new world-record time of 3:01.9, while CXC Team Vertical Limit member Jennie Bender won the women’s event in 3:51.6.

McLaughlin, 39, started rowing and skiing after years of lifting, work and running hurt his knees. The Concept2 Indoor Rower and SkiErg provided him with a low-impact full-body workout. He uses the Concept2 Online Logbook for motivation while he works out at home. When asked about his new World Record, McLaughlin humbly replied “I’m sure there are guys out there who are faster than me, they just haven’t surfaced yet”.

On the women’s side, winner Jennie Bender, who has skied at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior and U23 Championships, has been using the Concept2 SkiErg for training with CXC Team Vertical Limit, a post-collegiate program that supports athletes with elite aspirations. “[The SkiErg] is good for analyzing double-pole technique and getting in a hard effort inside that’s ski-specific” says Bender. Bender competed at The Fix Studio in Minneapolis, MN, which hosted a SkiErg World Sprints race as a fundraiser for her and fellow Olympic hopeful Matt Leibsch.

The SkiErg World Sprints, hosted by Concept2 CTS on November 12-14, had over 500 participants from 10 countries skiing 1000 meters on the Concept2 SkiErg. Participants can compare their times because each SkiErg includes a self-calibrating Performance Monitor. As Bender noted, “Ski racing has so many variables that make comparisons difficult, that its cool to have a universal competition for skiers all over the world.”

Skiers submitted their time to be ranked at Concept2 to see how they compare before the official ski season begins. For full results see the SkiErg World Sprints 2010 page on the Concept2 Logbook.

Local youth skiers gave it their all during the SkiErg Sprints at Concept2 headquarter’s workout room in Vermont.

OnSite Fitness: Product Focus

The Concept2 SkiErg was recently featured in OnSite Magazine. Judy Geer at Concept2 spoke with OnSite Fitness about our newest product, how it differs from the very successful Rower and how PM4 monitors can connect skiers around the world!

Randy Marvin First Inductee to Million Meter Club

Concept2 recognizes dedicated athletes who complete one million meters (or more) on Concept2 indoor equipment. Randy Marvin, of Fredericktown, Ohio, is now recognized as the first Million Meter Club member who has accomplished this distance on the Concept2 SkiErg.

The elite Million Meter Club requires members to track and record their meters until completion of the distance. Marvin, who received his Concept2 SkiErg as a Christmas present in December 2009, met this goal by skiing 10K five times a week during his lunch break. He is already a Million Meter Club member for rowing and completed nearly 4 million rowing meters last season alone.

Randy’s candid review of the SkiErg: “I feel that Concept2 has another winner in the SkiErg and would recommend it to anybody needing a change from rowing”.

Thanks for the kind words; we can’t wait to watch the SkiErg Million Meter Club grow. Keep up the great meters!

If you want to track your meters on the SkiErg, make sure you check out the Concept2 Online Logbook. As well as giving you an easy way to record all your workouts, you can also compare your times with fellow skiers and take part in our exclusive challenges!

IHRSA 2010

The Concept2 SkiErg was recently on display at IHRSA, the biggest fitness show in the US. There we met Jon Ham from Fitness On The Run who shot a short interview before trying out the machine for himself.

Cross-Country Skier Always Wanted to Compete in Olympics

Kris Freeman is one of America’s top cross-country skiers. Most people know little about him, or his intensity.

For the last 9 years, doctors have worked closely with Kris to stabilize and monitor his diabetes. And from monitored workouts, they figured out how to control his sugar levels.

Kris has been using the SkiErg to recover from surgery and train for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. WMUR in New Hampshire shares his story.

Challenge Yourself in the 2010 Tour de SkiErg!

The newest of Concept2's individual challenges, the Tour de SkiErg features a different event each week in February. Challenge yourself to complete all four distances!

All you have to do to take part is complete each of the following four events during the timeframes indicated and log them in your Concept2 Online Logbook:

  • Week 1, Feb. 1–7: 5000 meters
  • Week 2, Feb. 8–14: 500 meters
  • Week 3, Feb. 15–21: 2000 meters
  • Week 4, Feb. 22–28: 10,000 meters

Participants who meet the challenge can enjoy:

  • Name inclusion on the Challenge Honor Board.
  • A specially designed downloadable certificate.
  • The option to purchase Tour de SkiErg items from our third-party fulfillment vendor.

To take part, all you need is a Concept2 Online Logbook account, which you can set up quickly and for free at concept2.com/logbook.

SkiErg World Sprints 2009 Results

Thank you to the 400+ competitors who made our 1st Annual SkiErg World Sprints Indoor Skiing Competition a huge success!

Results are now final and posted here. We will be contacting race organizers regarding age group winners so that we can ship prizes. Our age group winners will be receiving engraved cowbells to help ring in the snow season! The coveted SkiErg hat will also be awarded to the top three times in each age group.

Our new world record holders for the men and women are:
Zachary Hall, USBA National Team, 3:14.6
Jennifer Wygant, US Army/USBA National Team, 3:45.3

There were also great performances across many of the age groups! Take a look. Youth results sorted by ski age groups are also available here.

See how you stack up year round! The Concept2 Logbook allows you to log your workouts online and, if you choose, to rank your best times with others across the country (and the world!) in the Online Ranking. Ranking distances range from 500 meters to the marathon (with timed 4-minute, 3-minute, and 60-minute options as well), so there is something for everyone.

Feedback on the event can be emailed to Meredith at Concept2. We’re hoping to upload results in real time next year to make the competition even more fast and furious.

Kids competing at the Green Mountain Valley School in Vermont, U.S.

SkiErg World Sprints 2009 Blog Roundup

The SkiErg World Sprints attracted a lot of attention all over the world, with plenty of people blogging about their experience. Here’s a roundup of some the pieces about the day. If you know of any others, drop us a line at meredithh@concept2.com.

  • “The results are in for the First Annual SkiErg World Sprint Indoor Skiing Championships and CSU's Andy Milne (USA) beat Tallinna SK's Mihkel Klementsov (EST) by ONE SECOND.”
    SkiTrax

  • “We participated in the SkiErg World Sprints last weekend - this was an event organized by Concept2 to promote the new erg.”
    Bowdoin Nordic

  • Videos of Italian competitors at the SkiErg World Sprints
    YouTube

  • “Kids of all ages showed up to the Green Mountain Valley School this Saturday to try out Concept2's new SkiErg machine. More photos can be found on NENSA's Flickr page.”
    New England Nordic Ski Association

  • “We ended right at lunch time and headed into the SMS dining hall for a refueling break, maximizing the glycogen window. Then we hit the SkiErg for the SkiErg World Champs! The team was a little off after the run but rallied for some pretty nice times.”
    SMS Nordic

  • “The scene Saturday morning in the Gym for the World Erg Sprint and BKL rollerski day.”
    Green Valley Mountain School Nordic Ski Team

Racing in Trento, Italy

SkiErg World Sprints 2009

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2009, 1 p.m.–5 p.m. (or anytime November 14–15, 2009).
Location: Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Craftsbury, Vermont and other locations around the U.S. and the world!
Details: Kick off the racing season! Race your best 1000 meters on the Concept2 SkiErg to win prizes (or bragging rights)!

The 1st Annual SkiErg World Sprints Indoor Skiing Competition will debut on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, Vermont, hosted by the Craftsbury Green Racing Project. Skiers of all ages are invited to join the fun in this free 1000 meter competition. All participants will receive prizes; prizes will also be awarded randomly and for any new records set in each age group and gender.

Skiers who are unable to travel to Craftsbury, Vermont can also compete worldwide at either one of the satellite locations listed below or enter their result via the Concept2 Logbook.

Check the updated Honor Boards to see the latest results.

SkiErg World Sprints Locations

Please contact the individuals below for more details and times for satellite SkiErg World Sprints locations.

Name Location Contact
Centro Sportivo Arcivescovile di Trento Trento, Italy Emanuele Romoli
Community Rowing Inc. Newton, Massachusetts Bruce Smith
Craftsbury Sculling Center Craftsbury, Vermont Oliver Burruss
CrossFit USA Berlin, Connecticut Merle McKenzie
Fitness Club Sparta Tallinn, Estonia Mihkel Klementsov
Glenn Goodman GBG Painting, 6053 Alden HWY, Bellaire, Michigan 49615 Glenn Goodman
GMVS Waitsfield, Vermont Justin Beckwith
Idaho Nordic Boise, Idaho Joe Jensen
Northeast Passage Durham, New Hampshire Cathy Thompson
Olympic Training Center Lake Placid, New York Patrick Coffey
Rebound Physical Therapy 155 SW Century Drive, Bend, Oregon 97702 Jenny Haynes
Rebound SPL and PT Clinic Bend, Oregon Denny Dragan
Rudy's Gym McCall, Idaho Ed Elliott
Stratton Mountain School Stratton, Vermont Sverre Caldwell
Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Sun Valley, Idaho Rick Kappala
U Can Row 2 Inc. Houghton, Michigan Terry Smythe
Velocity Sports Performance Franklin, Tennessee Amy Cotta
Williams College Williamstown, Massachusetts Aubrey Smith

Skiers from colleges in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Utah will be competing.

We also expect international skiers from Austria, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom to race.

Towers of Power at Green Mountain Valley School

The Nordic Ski Coaches at the Green Mountain Valley School in Waitsfield, Vermont, are kicking up their training with the Concept2 SkiErg:

“In under 2 minutes, I fried most of my upper-body, my abs, and my quads. I even got that familiar old feeling of acid-in-the-throat for the few minutes after the test. It doesn't always have to be fun, to be fun.”

Read more about the Towers of Power.

Idaho Nordic Sponsorship

Concept2 is now a sponsor of Idaho Nordic. Idaho Nordic has incorporated the SkiErg in their strength circuit and is testing athletes’ average wattage.

FasterSkier Review

Topher Sabot at FasterSkier.com on the Concept2 SkiErg:

"The Concept2 SkiErg is a revolutionary device that provides an excellent ski-specific upper body workout. It is ideal for testing and interval training, and definitely has the potential to make you a faster skier."

SkiErg Tweeples on Twitter!

Join the SkiErg community on Twitter, where you can follow our latest news and musings.

Facebook Fans

Skiers can now connect on Facebook via the Concept2 SkiErg page. Post your SkiErg photos, discuss your training, and connect with other fans!