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Kootenay Cup Great Success this Past Weekend.

This past weekend saw Kimberley Nordic Club host the annual Kootenay Cup Race Weekend, one of the clubs biggest events.

The Teck Kootenay Cup cross-country ski race saw a record number of racers this year. Participants ranged in age from three to eighty three. The races hosted by the Kimberley Nordic Club, Jan 14 and 15 had close to 200 registered racers each of the two days. Skate skiing took place Saturday with the Classic racing on Sunday. With many racers competing on both days it is difficult to determine how many individual skiers took part, but it was the largest Kootenay Cup race held in Kimberley.

The 80 year spread in racer ages started with the youngest Jackrabbit participant of three years old all the way to Struan Roberston, of Kimberley, who is over 80 years old. Straun competed in the master classic race. There were 40 race categories and a large contingent of volunteers kept things running smoothly. Post race food was available in the day lodge.

The Kimberley Nordic Club would like to say thanks to all the volunteers who gave their time to this event this weekend including Kimberley Search and Rescue members who stood by in case of any injuries and Teck for sponsoring the race.

Skiers came from all over British Columbia and Alberta including racers from Calgary, Invermere, Rossland, Nelson, Canmore, Libby MT, Fernie, Revelstoke, Golden, Valhala Hills (North Slocan) and of course many from Kimberley and Cranbrook.

Please check out some excellent pictures of the race on Chris Newel and Dan Clark Flicker pages at:

Thank you to all the racers, volunteers and spectators for making it a great race weekend.

83 year old Straun Robertson

Photo by Dan Clark

Photo by Dan Clark

Photo by Dan Clark

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