Kimberley hosts cross-country ski races

Teck Kootenay Cup Series wraps up at the Kimberley Noric Centre over the weekend.

Cross-country ski racers representing different clubs around B.C.

Cross-country ski racers representing different clubs around B.C.

Cross-country skiers descended on the Kimberley Nordic Centre over the weekend for the final races of the Teck Kootenay Cup Series.

The Blackjack Cross-Country Ski Club, out of Rossland, came in first place, due to their great performances and number of competitors fielded in five races over the two-day event.

However, the Kimberley Nordic Club was the runner up in second place, while third went to the Nelson Nordic Club.

Roughly 110 skiers competed in the two-person team sprint event on Saturday, while 143 skiers raced in the classic technique distance race on Sunday.

Other groups represented at the event include: Toby Creek Ski Club out of Invermere, Hills Nordic Ski Club from the Slocan Valley, Canmore Nordic Ski Club out of Alberta, Glacier Nordic Ski Club from Missoula, Banff Ski Runners and Foothills Nordic Ski Club, who came in from Calgary.

Lending some star power to the event was Rob McKeever, a former Olympian and National Ski Team member, who participated in a 20-kilometre classic ski race on Sunday.

The races were well attended with over a hundred spectators on both days, which made it the best fan turnout for a Kootenay Cup yet, according to organizers.

Organizers also give a shout out to over 40 volunteers who helped out with the event, along with numerous local businesses and Teck for additional support.