The start of the race was a total disaster. As the field left the starting grid, I was in the middle and didn't have much room to skate. All of a sudden, the red suit in front of me goes down and I crash into him. I realized my ski came off but it turned out the NIS binding had ripped off. Once the stampede ended I could undo the binding from my boot and slide it back on the ski in the most forward position.
After 2 laps I moved the binding back to the middle of the ski and they worked much better after that.
I ended up 27th overall, 22nd Canadian and 12:51 back of the winner, Gord Jewett. Noah Hoffman, the guy who caused my mishap ended up 3rd.