Harry Vanderlugt Golden at Nationals

Harry Vanderlugt, one of Hanlan's strongest Masters scullers, is no less adept on the cross-country ski circuit.  On February 9 to 11, 2015, Harry competed in Kamloops at the Canadian Masters Cross Country Ski Championships. The difficult conditions - mild temperatures, rerouted trails to avoid large puddles, and even drizzle - were a huge challenge to organizers and competitors alike.

Harry won gold in the two skating events contested over 10 and 22 kilometres respectively, for men 70 years and older.  In the longer race his time was 1:18.59, a lead of 3 minutes over second place.  He also competed in the 20-kilometre classic race (on a course shortened to 10 kilometres to accommodate the conditions) and in the true 10-kilometre classic, placing second in both events.

In the week before nationals, Harry was at Mont Ste Anne near Quebec City competing in the World Masters Winter Games cross-country ski events.  In contrast to Kamloops, the temperatures were minus 18 degrees Celsius with 20-kilometre winds and brilliant sunshine.  Harry was 5th, and top Canadian, in the 15-kilometre freestyle mass start race.  In the 10-kilometre classic mass start, he placed 8th.