On Sunday, Feb. 25, Barriere teen Alex McDonald, 15, placed second in a 20 km loppet at Sun Peaks in the 14 to17 year age group.
Morning temperatures were minus -20°C at the top of the Mt. Morrisey lift where the Mass start race began. Over 40 cross country skiers, ages ranging from youth to seniors, gathered together to participate in the event that was resurrected to help mark the 50th anniversary of the ski area.
The varied terrain and weather presented both a physical and mental challenge for competitors and volunteers alike.
Alex said he enjoyed the large downhill section of the race and completed the loppet in 1:02:26.6.
For his second place finish, the teen received one of the unique ‘cow bell’ awards from race organizers during the reception held at the Delta Sun Peaks, where many participants recalled the highlights and misadventures of the day’s competitions.