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Posted: January 17, 2018

Record numbers for Teck Kootenay Cup

The Teck Kootenay Cup Races #3 and #4 took place on January 13 and 14, at the Kimberley Nordic Club in beautiful Kimberley, and were a rousing success!

There were a record number of racers this year, with 260 skiers competing in one or both of the events on Saturday and Sunday.

Participants were excited to pit their skills against a few ex-Olympian racers, with Beckie Scott, Sara Renner and Thomas Grandi joining in the fun. There were teams from Calgary, Canmore, Fernie, Golden, Invermere, Kimberley, Nelson, Slocan Valley, Rossland, Libby and Missoula, Montana.

Racers ranged from age three to 83-years-old, and competed in skate ski sprint races on Saturday and classic ski individual races on Sunday. There were an incredible 103 heats of sprints that were sent off on Saturday, with some great photo finishes! Racers were pleased with the well-groomed trails and excellent snow conditions, and there were lots of smiling faces all weekend.

The 50 volunteers who stood out in the cold were the heart of the event, and kept things running smoothly. As well, there were numerous donations of desserts from club members, while others served hot soup to the racers and volunteers. A huge thank you to all the people who made this such a wonderful weekend!

The Teck Kootenay Cup is a series of races in the East and West Kootenay. Follow the team results on the Cross Country BC website.

The Teck Kootenay Cup #5 will be hosted by the Columbia Valley club (Toby Creek Nordic) at Nipika Mountain Resort on Jan. 27.

A big THANK YOU to Teck for sponsoring this amazing event!

Photos by Dan Clark

Cross Country BC / Kimberley Nordic Club

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