Venues and Event Organizers:
Bidding for our growing Popular Race Series is open for the 2019-2020 season. We have extended the window for submitting bids until June 1st this year to give organizations time to adapt to our current health crisis. We encourage venues and organizers to bid with the assumption that we will be able to host events as normal next winter although all events on our calendar could be subject to future stipulations for the safety of our community. NENSA will constantly re-evaluate the viability of our event calendar and keep our membership up to date with any decisions.
Last winter our Popular Races showed strong growth with nearly 3000 racer finishes, with an average of 100 skiers per event. We applaud the efforts of our venues and event organizers this past winter despite a slow start to winter and an abrupt end to the season. Damien Bolduc, the Chair of the Masters Committee had this positive report, “The series saw remarkable growth in racers and points awarded. The effect was incredible for the health of the sport as venues began competing with each other to attract athletes to their events, making improvements and doing what it took to host an event, even in challenging circumstances that in the past have been a reason to cancel. They snow-farmed, groomed, modified, and in some cases, were blessed, making for one weekend after another of bluebird conditions!”
Although the window for bidding has been lengthened to June 1st we encourage you to submit early and reach out to NENSA with any questions. The Masters Committee will be meeting during this coming weekend (April 18th) and be constantly reviewing bids as we try to determine the best possible schedule for 2020-2021. We hope you will consider hosting one of these great race events for the New England Nordic Community!
Link to detailed Popular Race information. (Zak/Club and Marathon)
Please note Eastern Cup and SuperTour bidding is open and closes on May 1st. Eastern Cup events will be determined during the NENSA Board Meeting by the Athletic Development Committee the weekend of May 2nd and 3rd.
For those intending to host an Eastern Cup or Major Championship NENSA requires sending a representative to attend the TD / Event Organizer Clinic, typically held during September or the first weekend of December. All other race organizers are encouraged and welcome to attend. We will be make this date public in the coming weeks.
For Eastern Cup, Zak/Club and Marathon questions: [email protected]
Thanks for making your bids early and we look forward to planning next years events with you!