Durango Nordic athletes and parents, we hope you will join us on Wednesday nights in January for our newest event, McDonald's Twilight Nights, hosted at the base of Purgatory. The race starts at 6:00 PM, so interested athletes and parents would need to head over around 5:30 from the Nordic Center to register and become familiar with the courses. Registration for DNSC athletes is free and is $10 for non DNSC athletes. 100% of the registration fees go to Durango Nordic.
What is Twilight Nights? Set at the base of Purgatory, this short track race series is for nordic skiers, fat bikers and snowshoers to battle it out in the dark, up and down punishing terrain and around quick turns. Each night of the three race series, skate skiers, fat bikers, and snowshoers start together at the base of Purgatory and follow separate courses laid out for each discipline. Every week the course will be somewhat different but equally punishing and fun. Racers climb and descend and climb and descent again around the upper and lower base areas; all finishing at Purgatory Village. Race distances are about 3 to 5k, depending on age. For athletes aged U14 and above.
The first three events are a series with points awarded for each race and each category (ski, snowshoe, bike). Torn on what do do? Enter as "Snow Master" and do all three disciplines over the three weeks and try your luck winning across all three disciplines. At the end of the series, category winners are awarded prizes for Youth (U18) and Adult, male and female participants. However, everyone will be a winner at Twilight Nights thanks to our generous sponsors giving us loads and loads of schwag to share in a weekly raffle.
The fourth Wednesday, February 1, is the Twilight Nights Triathlon, an official Snowdown event which surely will add an interesting twist. Sign up as an individual or put your name in a hat to be randomly assigned to a team of kindred spirits. For all four events, relax and socialize at Purgy’s post mayhem. Costumes encouraged; its Snowdown afterall.
Don't have a fat bike? Mountain Bike Specialists has a limited number that they are generously loaning to participants; first come first serve. Call them at (970) 247-4066 to reserve each week.
Don't have snowshoes? The Durango Running Company has a limited number that they are generously loaning to participants; first come first serve. Call them at (970) 764-4366 to reserve each week.
Headlamps required for all racers! Helmets required for bikers. Hope to see you out there and please encourage your fellow nordic skiing, fat biking, and snowshoeing friends to come out. Like the event on your Facebook page. We may also need some volunteers to help out on the course, but we'd rather see you on the starting line!