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Pagosa Nordic Club hosts Nordic Fest cross country ski races

This weekend, the Pagosa Nordic Club hosts the second annual Pagosa Nordic Fest X-C Ski Races, Feb. 17-19.

This years race events include a free kids race on Friday; the Eagle Mountain Mercantile biathlon (using Red Ryder BB guns), sprint races and relay races on Saturday; and distance races and awards on Sunday.

Free kids races on Friday include divisions for elementary and middle school students. The races are located at the Pagosa Springs Elementary School and start at 8:30 a.m. Local students have the day off from school on Friday, so encourage your friends to get out of the house and participate.

Saturday and Sunday registration begins at 8 a.m. and races start at 9 a.m. at the Kuhn Ranch, located eight miles north of U.S. 160 on Piedra Road (look for the red barn at Roush Drive). Race categories include a kids division each day, citizens skate ski or classic ski division and a competitive skate or classic ski division. The citizens classic x-c ski division includes a 4k biathlon, .25k sprint and 3k distance race. The citizens skate ski division includes an 8k biathlon, .5k sprint and 10k distance race. The competitive classic x-c ski division includes a 4k biathlon, .5k sprint and 5k distance race. The competitive skate ski division includes an 8k biathlon, 1k sprint and 20k distance race. Additionally, pick?a race partner for a fun relay race on Saturday?that?includes a 2k skate ski and 1k classic ski, .

Registration fees: citizens division is $30 and includes all races both days (individual races $12 on Saturday, $15 on Sunday); competitive division is $40 and includes all races both days (individual races $15 on Saturday, $20 on Sunday); kids are free up to 16 years old and Pagosa Nordic Club members are entered at half price.

Sprint and distance race scores will be combined and the relay and biathlon will be scored individually. Everyone is welcome to join us for the awards ceremony to be held at the Pagosa Brewing Company on Sunday at noon. Awards have been donated from many generous local businesses.? Please support our local business sponsors as they are an important source of financial support for the Pagosa Nordic Club’s operations, free activities and events.

The Pagosa Nordic Club would like to thank David and Liz Kuhn for the use of their ranch for this year’s races. The Kuhn ranch provides a great venue for racers and spectators, with excellent views of the entire course and Pagosa Peak as the backdrop. So, come on out and race or support the event by spectating from the sidelines. Check out PagosaNordic.Com for race details, trail grooming reports and trail maps.

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