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Autumn 2003 Updates
May 26 - Mt Beauty Half Marathon

Report from the Mt Beauty Half Marathon 2003 Race Committee

With a total of 228 competitors, and perfect running conditions, the 2003 event was one to remember. It is good to see so many of the next generation of runners tackling the 3km event ­ some even taking their parents with them.

There were a large number of excellent individual performances ­ too many to mention them all, so here are just two that really caught my eye: One was the titanic struggle between Ian Franzke and Cameron Morton for first place in the big one ­ they were going hammer and tongs from the halfway mark. The other was the quality of the veteran field in the same race ­ fancy running 80 minutes for the half on a hilly course and coming third in the over 40's!

We have lovely certificates that we forgot to hand out on the finish line (the person with this job has left town!). If you would like to have yours mailed out please reply to this message.

Sincere apologies to those runners in the 10km event affected by mistaking the 5km sign for the turnaround ­ especially to the first three who really had their race affected. We have analysed the problem and will ensure it does not happen again next year.

2005 - This will be the 25th anniversary of the event. We have already had one runner suggest a one-off full marathon for that year. What do you think? Would any of you wish to run that far?

Thanks for your support. See you next year on the second-last Saturday in May

Best wishes

Bob Flower and Helen L'Huillier, for the committee.

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May 20 - Events and Deadlines Coming Up

Kangaroo Hoppet Earlybird Discount
The earlybird discount entry for the Kangaroo Hoppet closes on May 31st. Last year's entrants should already have received a copy of the entry form in the mail. If you have missed out, check the Hoppet website at http://www.hoppet.com.au or give the office a call on 03 5754 1045.

Mt Beauty Half Marathon
The first event in this year's Great Alpine Challenge is the Mt Beauty Half Marathon (including 10km and 3km events), on next Saturday May 24 at 10:00am. Enter from 8:30am at the Mt Beauty Swimming Pool complex opposite the Post Office. Fees are $15 for the 21.1 km event, $8 for the 10 km event, and $4 for the 3km event. Hot showers and change rooms provided. There will be plenty of skiers about as there is a Victorian Junior Squad camp held in conjunction with the event and an informal National Team camp on as well. More information is available from the Hoppet office on 03 5754 1045.

Second Hand Gear Sale
The annual Victorian Second Hand Gear Sale is on this Saturday May 24th at the Box Hill Town Hall in Melbourne. The sale is on from 10:30am to 1:00pm, and gear to be sold can be dropped off after 8:30am. Proceeds from the sale go to Disabled Winter-Sport Victoria. More information on the gear sale is available by calling 03 9864 9237 (BH) and 0408 509 117(M), for information for stall holders call 03 9479 1062 (BH).

Opening Weekend Rollerski/Rollerblade Events
Most of the JWSAR Rollerski/Rollerblade summer series was put on hold because of the bush fires, however the series final is still set to go ahead in Jindabyne on June 7.

The track is a dual lane, high quality bitumen loop around 450m long which is excellent for roller skiing and blading. Everyone is welcome, the cost for the event is $4.00 which covers the use of facilities and insurance. The use of helmets and knee & elbow guards is highly recommended. Registration is between 9:00-9:15 at the athletics/ bike track at the Jindabyne Sport and Rec Camp on the Barry Way, Jindabyne. For more information please contact Tim Greville on tgreville@dsr.nsw.gov.au


May 14 - Level 1 Coaching Course

A Level 1 Coaching Course will be held in the Marysville/Lake Mountain area on the weekend of June 21-22. While the final venue is yet to be confirmed, it will likely be one of the conference centres in Marysville.

The Level 1 Course is designed to give coaches at the club or school level an understanding of basic coaching methods integrated with some basic knowledge of general coaching principles. It combines theory presentations and discussions with practical sessions both on and off snow. The on-snow sessions will be held on another weekend in July, possibly at Falls Creek combined with a club competition. Further details of the course are available in the Coaching section on this site.

The cost of the course is $220, including registration with the Australian Sports Commission and various coaching manuals. Interested persons should contact Finn Marsland on 02 6214 7940, 0408 147940, or email marslandf@ausport.gov.au


April 30 - A Return To Updates
It should be no surprise to readers to witness the annual delay in updating of this website after the end of the ski season in Europe. Updates in May will likely also be sporadic, but the regularity will pick up when the snow starts to fall.

New Websites for TNSC and the ASSTC
A couple of new skiing websites that may be of interest:

Telemark Nordic Ski Club. A new website for one of Australia's oldest cross country skiing clubs.

Australian Secondary Schools Ski Teams Championships (ASSSTC). This year's event is to be held at Falls Creek in the week after the Kangaroo Hoppet.

Duane Butcher's World Championship Report
Sorry Duane about the delay in getting your final World Championship Report onto the site. Here's some more insight into the life of athletes on the road overses and what makes them tick.

Australian Ski Awards
The 2003 Australian Ski and Snowboard Awards brings together the whole snow sports industry to recognise and highlight the outstanding achievements by athletes, teams and organisations over the past 12 months. This years awards will be held at the Atlantic South Wharf, in South Bank, Melbourne, on May 31st 2003.

Take the opportunity to mingle with the major players in the industry, including athletes, coaches, resort operators and industry personalities. The enthusiasm and dedication to excellence in sport will be showcased throughout the evening, with awards categories including Athlete of the Year by discipline, Snowsports Club of the Year, Outstanding Achievement Awards and some new categories being introduced for the first time this year.

Nominations are due soon, May 5th, and forms are available from the Skiing Australia website. However, rest assured that the Skiing Australia Cross Country committee will be nominating skiers for the main award categories.

For further information please contact Bree Cawley at Skiing Australia on (03) 9696 2344.


XC is the official website of the Skiing Australia Cross Country Committee. It is produced with the assistance of the Australian Sports Commission and the Kangaroo Hoppet. The editor can be contacted via info@hoppet.com.au.