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Race of the Methow

February 2 - February 3

Saturday classic sprint, Sunday mass start skate. The sprint heats will be a modified King’s Court format.

Registration is entirely online (except for the U8 lollipop race). Please register early to help us with planning. Registration Fees increase by $10 starting Saturday, January 26.

For the U8 lollipop race there is no advanced registration. Just sign up when you arrive.


NOTE: Any skier (especially U14 and under) who might not race due to the fees, please contact to discuss fee waivers PRIOR TO REGISTERING.

Race Formats
Saturday will be classic sprints, with a modified King’s Court format in which everyone skis all three rounds. See below for additional information. U16 and older skiers will use a 1.3 km course, and U10 through U14’s will go 0.9 km.

Sunday will be mass start skate races. Course lengths will be:
U18 and older, including seniors and masters: 10 km (two laps of the 5 km course)
U16: 5 km
U14: 3.5 km
U12: 2.5 km
U10: 1.5 km

Skiers younger than 8 years old will race in an untimed mass start lollipop race each day.

Kings Court Sprint Format
The qualification round is the normal interval start time trial. However, in the heats there are no eliminations. For the first round of heats (quarterfinals) the fastest six qualifiers go into the first heat, the next fastest six go into the second heat, and so on until all qualifiers have been assigned to heats. After the quarterfinals the first and second finishers in each heat move up one heat for the semifinals, while the fifth and sixth of each heat move down one heat (except that no one moves up from the first heat or down from the last heat). The same thing happens from the semifinals to the finals. Final race results are the finish order in each consecutive heat: first through sixth places are the finish order of the first heat; seventh through twelfth places are the finish order of the second heat, and so on.

Schedule (start times subject to revision depending on field sizes)
Sat, Jan 26: Registration fees increase by $10

Thu, Jan 31, midnight: Registration closes. No late registration!

Fri, Feb 1
1:00 – 4:00 pm: Course open for inspection and training
7:30 pm: Team Captain’s Meeting, Okanogan County Electric Cooperative, 93 W Chewuch Rd: Head out of Winthrop on Hwy 20 westbound. Turn right onto Chewuch Road just after passing the Winthrop Barn. The Co-op will be on your left after about one mile.

Sat, Feb 2
7:00 – 8:50: Courses open for training and inspection
9:00: Sprint qualification for U16 and older, followed by heats
12:00: Sprint qualification for U14 and younger, followed by heats
11:45 (approximately): U8 Lollipop Race
6:00 pm: Awards dinner at Liberty Bell High School
Sun, Feb 3
7:00 – 8:50: Courses open for training and inspection
9:00: U18 and older
10:00: U16
10:30: U14
11:00: U12
11:30: U10
11:45: U8 Lollipop Race
12:00: Awards, followed by naming of the PNSA JN team


Liberty Bell High School
24 Twin Lakes Road
Winthrop, WA 98862 United States
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