The race may be short but it's long on fun

By Anthony Dixon, The Daily Observer


A new king and queen of the hill were crowned at a world championship ski race Saturday afternoon at Mount Molson in Petawawa.

Held as part of Cabin Fever 2010, the World's Shortest Downhill hosted by the Petawawa Ski and Snowboard Club, was once again a success although the hill's record was in no danger of falling.

Brian Tubrett placed first in the adult ski competition tackling the hill in a time of 13:01 seconds. His wife Diana Tubrett came second just over one second behind.

The all-time record belongs to Keith Patterson at 8.69 seconds. The record has stood for nearly 30 years.

"Yeah it's my first world championship," Tubrett laughed after his victory, admitting that the bottom of the hill did rush up to meet him rather quickly. "I was happy to stop before the rhubarb."

Third place finisher Andy Ashworth had a blast in the race.

"It's hard to believe this was my first ski race, (now) at age 47," he said. "It was great. I wanted to go again but they've taken the course down."

In addition to the adults, there were about 35 children taking part in both ski and snowboard races.

Results of the event are as follows:

In the 14-16 years ski division, Will Perkins was first followed by Emily Kathen and Erika Lapierre.

In the 12-13 years ski division, Aiden Perkins finished in top spot with Arthur O'Grady in second and Jonathan Ashworth in third.

In the 10-11 years ski division, Maia Zohr was first, Katy Hayashi was second and Kaynen Kyle was third.

In the 8-9 years ski division, Lucas Zohr placed first, Paige Woodrom was second and Keaton Kyle was third.

In the 5-7 years ski division, Alexei Tubrett was first, Noah Gallagher was second and Zoe Gallant was third.

In the 14-19 years snowboard competition, Chasen Kyle was first while Johnny Rice placed first in the 12-13 years snowboard competition.

In the 10-11 years snowboard competition, Noah Kathen was first, Daniel Bourque was second and Bryce Bennett was third.

In the adult ski competition (The World's Shortest Downhill), Brian Tubrett was first in 13:01, Diana Tubrett was second in 14:76 and Andy Ashworth was third in 15:32.

The hill will host an Upper Ottawa Valley Ski Zone event, a Nancy Greene/Patterson Race on Friday November 5.

Anthony Dixon is a Daily Observer reporter