Kootenay Cup ski racing in Kimberley

Teck-sponsored cross country ski development race series stops in Kimberley

Kimberley residents have an opportunity to have a look at future Olympians on January 18 and 19 as the Kimberley Nordic Club hosts the Teck Kootenay Cup races.

The Teck Kootenay Cup is a series of races which offer affordable, accessible competitive opportunities for developing athletes living in the Kootenays. It includes interval start, mass start and individual sprint races held annually at different locations throughout the region.

Club points are accumulated from race to race and a club aggregate is awarded to the club with the most points at the end of the final race. Kimberley is hosting races number three and four.

Teck Kootenay Cup races are registered with Cross Country BC.

Teck Kootenay Cup Race Number Three goes on Saturday with starts beginning at 1 p.m. with youngest competitors first. This is a free technique race with distances up to 20 km.

On Sunday, it’s a classic technique race with distances up to 7.5 km. This race includes a three-person team relay class. Starts begin at 11 a.m.

There are seven different age classes from competitors as young as five-years old up to Masters. The youngest, the Atoms, will do a one kilometer free technique race and the Junior, open and master men and women will race 20 km.

In the classic technique races the youngest competitors will be those born in 2005, who will race a 500 meter sprint.

Year 2 juvenile, juniors and open/master competitors will sprint 7.5 km.

Competitors can sign up until January 16, 2014. Registration is online only at www.zone4.ca

The Nordic Club day lodge will be open for the races and there is plenty of room for spectators at the start/finish line.