Relay Cross to Debut at 2017 Ski Nationals

    February 16, 2017



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    Relay Cross to debut at 2017 Ski Nationals

    CANMORE, ALBERTA - An exciting new event called Relay Cross will make a world premiere at this year’s Cross Country Ski Nationals to be hosted by the Canmore Nordic Ski Club from March 18 - 25. The Relay Cross will include teams of two athletes from the same club in the traditional Open, Challenge or CCUNC categories, compete on two different courses.  Each leg skied will include rollers, uphills, downhill slalom courses, banks and turns along with one low barrier.  The two courses will each be approximately two kilometres in length and will include a single “escargot” where the course will spiral in the pattern of a snail shell.

    Teams will be seeded by the combined Distance Canada Points of the two skiers, with the lead skiers departing at 30 second intervals on the first course (red on accompanying course diagram).  A tag zone similar in size to the Team Sprint will allow for skiers to tag their teammate in a controlled fashion before heading out on the second leg of the Relay Cross.  Skiers will be encouraged to inspect both courses on Saturday, March 17 and then decide which skier will take the lead leg and which skier will ski the anchor.  The course design is similar to the Youth Olympic course last year in Norway without the head to head competition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM9TvFXWqEc

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