Tonite was the first High School race of the season. My local area is the host for those races and has been for many many years. We bend over backwards to make our presence known at the course, stationing a couple of patrollers in highly visible (and easily accessible) positions on the course for extremely quick response should something go awry.....much more so than say the J1,2,3,4 etc and whatever races on weekends, although we are pretty visible then as well,,,,but also have a lot more coverage because it is a weekend, not 5pm on a week night.
We had a GS tonite, first race of the season, hard and fast conditions as might be expected on the east coast this season. Treacherous footing (as we found out soon enough) and a HUGE crash during the race...possible Achilles tendon tear or knee ligament or more, not sure which ( I was last on scene but I'm told kid went flying HUGE),,,...actually the very first time in my 20 years that there was a call for more help to hold sled and get patrollers back in skis it was so hard as opposed to more help for the medical side.
Anyway it was an eventful trip down as the race officials did NOT stop the race for even one racer so we could transport. No need to stop while we packaged....but come on....we have limited terrain all over and we got roundly criticized for running the injured racer through timing gate.
Am I way off base for planning to rip the race officials a new one next we meet?
Oh....we have on hill the ability to still time the contestant if someone inadvertent trips the timing eye.