Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. with the race beginning at noon. A kids race (14 and under) will start at 1:30 p.m. Contestants may enter the race individually or in teams of two.
This unique race will challenge Nordic skiers of all skill levels, with the first half of the race completed “on classic skis,” according to Nordic Director Midnite Scholtes, “and then at the half-way point you come into a transition zone and change skis from classic to skate. The last half of the race is skating.”
Scholtes said many longtime Nordic skiers have been trained on classic skis, “which was kind of dying,” but now is experiencing a resurgence.
“Right now, I think everybody in town is secretly practicing up on their classic skills before this race,” he said.
Scholtes said teams are welcome to enter the Priest Lake Pursuit.
“If you want to do a team, you can split the race between two people,” he said. “We want to encourage participation and emphasize that this is really fun.”
The Kids Pursuit is a 4K race with one 2K loop of classic and one 2K loop of skate, and costs $10 to enter. The adult race is open to all age divisions and costs $20 to enter.
For more information and to pre-register, contact the Telluride Nordic Center at 728-1144 or visit the www.telluridenordic.com.
“The whole thing is to just come out and hang out with the Nordic people of the Telluride region,” Scholtes said. The Priest Lake Pursuit is the second of four races planned in the Telluride Nordic Challenge Series with future races planned for Feb. 16 and March 8.