Kimberley club takes second at Teck Kootenay Cup

The final cross country ski races of the Teck Kootenay Cup Series were held at the beautiful Kimberley Nordic Center at Kimberley, B.C. on February 16 and 17, 2013.

110 racers competed in the exciting two person team sprint event on Saturday and 143 raced in the classic technique distance race on Sunday. Teams and individuals came from all over the Kootenays, Northern U.S.A. and Alberta to take part in the event. The stadium area was crowded with more than 100 spectators on Saturday and 150 on Sunday. The Blackjack Cross-Country Ski Club from Rossland, BC won the Teck Kootenay Cup as a result of their great performances and number of competitors in the five race series. Second place went to the Kimberley Nordic Club and third place to the Nelson Nordic Ski Club. Also attending the event were teams from the Toby Creek Ski Club in Invermere, B.C., the Hills Nordic Ski Club from the Slocan Valley, the Canmore Nordic Ski Club from Canmore, Alberta, the Glacier Nordic Ski Club from Missoula, Montana, the Banff Ski Runners from Banff, Alberta and the Foothills Nordic Ski Club from Calgary, Alberta. Rob McKeever, a former Olympian and National Ski Team member also participated in a 20 km classic ski race on Sunday.

The ages of the participants ranged from 4 to 65+ which just shows that cross-country skiing is truly a family sport for life!! Under snow-filled skies on Saturday and gorgeous sunny skies on Sunday, this was the best turnout yet for a Kootenay Cup! Thanks to everyone who provided and served the delicious food and especially for caring about keeping our Kootenay Cup green!! Over 40 volunteers assisted in numerous roles to help make the 2013 Teck Kootenay Cup the great success it was!

Thank you again to Teck for sponsoring this amazing event and to all our local businesses for their support!

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