Austin Huneck Wins His Second Prospect Sufferfest

Austin Huneck won Peru Nordic’s annual Sufferfest rollerski race handily, bettering his record time from last year.  Attacking on the first steep pitch, he pulled away from Doug Diehl and Joe Korzenecki, who came second and third respectively.

Taking place on the Prospect Mountain Memorial Highway in Lake George NY, the five-mile race is an uphill climb similar to the Climb to the Castle.  The summit road is in much better condition than the Whiteface toll road, with fast pavement and none of Whiteface’s frost heaves.  With less vertical gain, this race affords an easier climb than Whiteface’s punishing eight percent grade.

The race started from the toll gate east of where the road cross Interstate 87.  From the start, the first 300 meters or so are flat.  The road then takes a sharp turn skywards, as the first pitch of the hill is also the steepest.  Here Huneck made his move, and no one could cover it.

The weather cooperated with race day, with cool temperatures and little wind.  The event was dominated by Peru Nordic athletes, with a smattering of HURT and unaffiliated athletes showing up as well.

Unlike other northeast rollerski races, the Prospect race is a do-it-yourself affair.  There’s no registration.  Racers time themselves.  On race day, the toll road is closed for the season to cars.  There’s no shelter on the summit; after finishing, racers relax and hang out as stragglers, such as your correspondent, arrive.  With the road closed, there are no sag wagons to ferry athletes back downhill.  One descends on foot.  Racers need to plan for whatever dry clothes, food and footwear they need for day.

Full results below photo gallery.



Sufferfest 2011  Results   (Courtesy of Peru Nordic)

Austin Huneck 31:57

Doug Diehl 34:35

Joe Korzenecki  35:20

Jim Kobak 35:53

Chris Rose 38:07

Chris Yarsevich 38:18

Tim Huneck 39:12

Ed Lis 39:42

Keith Kogut 42:12

Tim Cowan 43:15

Bob Maswick 44:20

Pete Minde 47:39

Dave Burt 47:44

Tom Moffett 54:01

Gabriella F. 1:07:00