Teck Kootenay Cup x-country this weekend in Kimberley

Races will go on at Kimberley Nordic Club despite challenging conditions

For the Bulletin

After careful deliberation and countless meetings with the Kimberley Kootenay Cup committee, it was decided that the Teck Kootenay Cup 2015 will proceed as planned in Kimberley this coming weekend (February 14th and 15th). We have had very warm weather and significant rainfall these last 5 days and the race courses will need to be adjusted. The race courses will be posted on the KNC website by Thursday or Friday this week. We will be working hard to make sure the race course is in excellent shape. To prevent further damage to the snow-pack, we will be moving the race time for the Saturday skate race to 11AM. At this time, the race for Sunday remains the same at 9AM. Furthermore, the race format for Sunday will most likely be an individual start, as our stadium has shrunk. Depending on further changes to the snowpack, race courses could change up to the day before the race. Also, be prepared to ski either discipline (skate or classic) on Sunday, as we cannot guarantee the ability to set a proper track after the races on Saturday. We thank you for your patience and understanding in this difficult situation, but we are doing the best we can considering the conditions Mother Nature has given us. Further information, as it becomes available, can be found on the KNC webpage. Competitors can register online at zone4.ca until February 12th at 11pm.

There are also many categories for children of all ages, with courses as short as 500m and 1000m for the youngest competitors. “Of course, we provide plenty of warm food after the race for all competitors and volunteers” said Ali Wilson, food coordinator. For those who don’t want to compete, spectators are always welcome. Better yet, volunteers are always needed to help with the race itself and with the food services. We encourage anyone interested to get in touch with Frank Ackermann at frankackermann@me.com. For spectators, the action starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday and runs for a couple hours each day. A section of the Nordic trails remains open during the race for anyone to enjoy a ski.

Come out and support your local and surrounding Nordic ski clubs at a fun-filled weekend at the beautiful Kimberley Nordic Center. There will be food, music, and a whole lot of fun to be had!