Pinkham Notch, NH—On Tuesday, January 5, 2010, Nordic Meisters, the largest weekly cross country race series in the United States, begins its fifteenth season at Great Glen Trails. Racers will compete for more than $5,000 in prizes. The series will also feature a snowshoe division in 2010.
In Nordic Meisters, competitors race against the clock on either the long (5k) or short (2.5k) Nordic Meister courses using either skate or classic technique. Racers may log their times between 9:00am and 3:45pm for eight weeks from Tuesday, January 5 through Tuesday, March 2. (No race on Tuesday, February 16) Nordic Meisters uses a unique age adjustment system to calculate the final times, so all skiers can compete on a level playing field. Points are awarded based on the order of finish in each category. Competitors that complete 6 out of 8 weeks are eligible for placement awards (top three in each category) and the end of season prize raffle, which features more than $5,000 in prizes. The awards party and raffle will be held on Saturday, March 13.
New in 2010 is a snowshoe division. Like the skiers, the snowshoe racers will have two courses to choose from. The long course will be just over 3k, while the short course will use the new Glen Amble Snowshoe Loop, approximately 1k. The snowshoe division will not use the age adjustment system, but all snowshoers that complete 6 out of 8 weeks will be eligible for the prize raffle.
For the less competitive looking to just enjoy their time on the trails, Nordic Meisters also features untimed divisions for both skiers and snowshoers. Untimed competitors are still eligible for the prize raffle, if they complete 6 of the 8 weeks.
Results are posted weekly in the Conway Daily Sun and on the Great Glen Trails website.
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