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Maine Nordic Heritage Center to Host Major Events

The Nordic Heritage Center will host two major events on the North American Cross Country Ski calendar this winter.

Eastern Cup races December 30th and 31st, 2002.

NENSA Spring Series March 20th thru the 25th, 2003.

The Maine Winter Sports Center, a non-profit, economic development corporation based in Limestone Maine, has announced the addition of two major events on the North American Cross Country calendar, the Verizon Nordic Heritage Eastern Cup, and the NENSA Spring Series.

“This event is significant to the goals of the Maine Winter Sports Center and to Aroostook County on a number of levels”, say Eli Brown, Cross Country Development coach for the Center. “We have achieved world wide recognition for our ability to host biathlon competitions and that recognition resulted in our recently being awarded the World Biathlon Championships for Juniors in 2006. This is our first chance to host the cross country community for a major event, which could lead to similar opportunities. It will also be the first opportunity to introduce our recently completed Nordic Heritage Center to the ski community outside of Aroostook County.”

The Nordic Heritage Center, which will host the world for the 2006 World Biathlon Championships for Juniors is a full service Cross Country and Biathlon skiing facility, with a 7,000 square foot day lodge, new wax building, roller-ski loop, a world class trail system, lighted trails and a 30 target biathlon range. The center is located on the line between Presque Isle and Fort Fairfield in Aroostook County, Maine.

On the evening of December 30th there will be a Skate Sprint race under the lights, with fireworks to follow. On New Years Eve morning there will be a mass start classic race 5km for women, and 10km for men. Over $8000 in prize money will be awarded in the two days of racing.

The first annual New England Spring Series will begin on Thursday, March 20th with afternoon skate sprints, and continue with 10k/5k classic on Saturday. Sunday, March 23rd will be a 15k/10k individual skate, and Tuesday, March 25th will be a Mass Start 30k/15k classic. Over $16,000 in prize money will be awarded during the week of racing.

All races are F.I.S. sanctioned NRL point races.

Prize money for top men and women in each race will be:
$1,000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place, $300 for 3rd place, $200 for 4th place, $100 for 5th place

For more information on registration, lodging, race info see www.mainewsc.org.


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