Middle school and high school cross country ski racers from schools throughout the state of New Hampshire will converge on the Waterville Valley Nordic Center in Waterville Valley on Thursday, Feb. 5 for the biggest Nordic race in the east – the second NH Nordic Coaches Association Series Race of the season.
Every winter the NHNCA organizes the NH Series races, the country’s premier high school Nordic race series. These two races, one classical and one skate technique, attract over 800 middle and high school racers and their fans. The race series is used to select the top 24 high school boys and top 24 high school girls to Team NH to compete in the New England Nordic Ski Association’s U16 and Eastern High School Championships in March. In addition to high school racers, the NH Series also offers over 200 middle school racers their first major race experience as they prepare to compete in the annual Middle School Championships in Sandwich, NH in February.
Racing action is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., with waves of 10 skiers starting every minute. The races will conclude around 1:30-2 p.m. There will be an awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in the Town Square courtyard (weather permitting – the alternate location is the Waterville Valley Resort Conference Center).
The 5 kilometer classic race course will pass through Town Square and end at the teaching area beyond the Ice Arena. Breakfast, lunch and beverages will be available in the Brookside Room in the Waterville Valley Town Square. Proceeds from food and beverage sales will benefit the Plymouth Regional High School Booster Club.
Come out and cheer on these young racers and show them some Waterville Valley hospitality!
Here’s a special shout-out to my nieces, Sam and Libby Van De Moere, who’ll be repping Thornton Central School and Plymouth Regional High School at the races.
For more information, visit the NH Nordic Coaches Association’s website at www.nhnordiccoaches.org.