3rd Masters Single Distances were held as a try-out before the Master Sprint Games in 2015. The number of participants - 285 people in 14 age categories, like on major competitions. Races were divided into morning and afternoon program, first started the young participants, then it was the turn of masters. The program of the event in addition to the individual distances were included mass-start, not too long, only 20 laps - participants were tired after 2 days, and the novelty of the season - the team sprint at 3 laps. I never saw it before - breathtaking show! The spectators attracted cultural program - Children's Dance Ensemble and Drummers performances.
Great success at the first Short Track Master Games held in Cicero NY/USA on April 5th...7th !!! 28 women and 53 men competed in an age groups format for a total of 81 competitors that came from Australia, Canada, the Republic of South Africa and the United States of America. The skaters were shared in 5 years classes based on the long track classification format. All skaters competed in 500m, 777m, 1000m and 1500m distances. The last competition for each class on Sunday was a Super Final. Lot of fun for all the skaters that are waiting for the 2nd edition that probably will be held in Canada next year.
The 10th Masters International Long Distance Races were held in Heerenveen on March 21th. There were 22 ladies and 58 men competing on the 3.000, 5.000 and 10.000 meters. Most of them were Masters, but on the 3K and 5K also a few Juniors were skating. Just like the Sprint competition this competition was also held under perfect conditions. There was good ice and most skaters skated a Seasons Best or a Personal Best. There were 2 Master records achieved. Sandra van Bijlert-Burgerhout (L35) skated on the 5K a Master record in 8.46,87. Wim Brand (M70) achieved a Master record on the 5K in 8.07,00. Especially on the 5K and 10K the times were very fast. Arjan Bakker (M50) was first on the 5K in 7.06,69. The winner of the 10K was Klaas Poepjes (M40) in 15.15,72.
The 6th Masters International Sprint were held in Heerenveen on March 19th and 20th. There were 24 ladies and 56 men competing. Not only Masters, but also Juniors. The competition was held under perfect conditions. There was good ice and a lot of Seasons Best times and Personal Best times were achieved. Even a Master record was achieved.
Anja Bollaart (L45) skated a new Master record on the 500 meter in 42.70. She was even faster than Jaqueline Munzel in Salt Lake City during the Master Sprint Games.