North Creek to host Nordic winter tune up

Participants pose during one of the Capital Region Nordic Alliance’s biathlon events this summer.

Participants pose during one of the Capital Region Nordic Alliance’s biathlon events this summer.

The Capital Region Nordic Alliance and North Creek Business Alliance are teaming up this fall for the first-ever North Creek and North Country Capital Business Alliance Winter Tune Up.

This event, scheduled for Sept. 29 and 30, is designed to pre-game the community for the winter sports season. The event is co-hosted by Gore Mountain and Garnet Hill Lodge. Russ Myer, who is planning the events, also hopes the Tune Up will raise interest in Nordic sports — biathlons, orienteering, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing — and bring year-round business to North Creek.

“We wanted to call it the Capital Region Nordic Alliance/North Creek Nordic Extravaganza,” Myer said. “But that was too many N’s.”

There are several sporting events planned for the two-day event. Sept. 29 will feature a roller ski race through the village, orienteering, and a 5k run starting at Garnet Hill. Representatives from several sport organizations will give presentations at Tannery Pond, including Curtis Schreiner (three-time Olympic biathlete), Peter Goodwin (Orienteering USA), Allan Serrano (New England Nordic Ski Association), Mike Bussek (United States Specialty Sports Association), and Bob Dion (Dion Snowshoes). The rest of the day will be filled with family shopping, raffles and specialty Nordic vendors.

Gore Mountain will host another 5k run on Sept. 30 and will be followed by the Tri-State Summer Biathlon Championships. Don Preuninger and Mindy Piper are working alongside the CRNA to put together a 50-meter, 7-point biathlon range at the Garnet Hill Lodge.

The Winter Tune Up is the first event of its kind in the area. Not only are the activities unique, but every one is open to competitors with disabilities. A number of accommodations are being made for people with all ranges of physical capabilities.

“It first starts with being intentional about being inclusive,” Myer said, “and notifying those agencies that work with the disabled that they are welcome.”

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