The 24th annual Prince George Iceman had a huge Vanderhoof turn-out this year, with 11 local teams taking part, of which nine took medals home.
“That’s how competitive people in Vanderhoof are,” said Brian Nemethy, a member of the overall winning mixed team ‘The Young and the Younger.’
The Iceman is a multi-sport winter event.
The event went ahead on Sunday February 13 in less than ideal conditions.
“It was pretty slushy on the roads this year – last year it was ideal because the pavement was all bare,” said Nemethy.
Out of the 11 Vanderhoof teams that entered, three were in the junior age category.
Juniors had to complete an 8 km ski, two 5 km runs, a 3 km skate followed by another 5 km run and a 400 m swim.
17 teams were entered into the junior category. Vanderhoof mixed team the ‘Vanderhoof Icebreakers’ came in on top overall with the fastest time, as well as first out of ten teams in their category.
The ‘Nash Rattlers’, an all male junior team, came in sixth overall and second out of three teams in their category.
The third Vanderhoof junior team to enter was “The Dye Terminators’, an all female team. They came in 10th overall.
All other teams with participants above 15 years old, completed a 8 km ski, a 10 km run, a 5 km skate, a 5 km run and a 5 km swim.
Vanderhoof mixed team ‘The Young and the Younger’ came out on top both overall for the third year in a row. They also came top in their category which had six teams overall.
The ‘Gd Team’ came sixth overall and third out of six teams in their division.
‘Newton’s One’ came first out of five teams in their division and 14th overall.
The ‘Vanderhoof Vixens’ came second in their division out of 22 teams and 18th overall.
‘Ice Old Guys’ came second out of three teams in their division and 33rd overall.
‘Going the distance’ were the only team in their category and came 44th overall.
‘Just For Fun’ came in 12th out of 22 in their division and 59th overall.
Vanderhoof resident Erica Erasmus also competed as an individual in the competition.