Mansfield Nordic Skiathlon
Huge Thanks to the Mansfield Nordic Club and Sleepy Hollow for hosting such a fun event for all ages.
Another gorgeous February day graced this year’s Flying Moose Classic. Inland Woods + Trails put in a lot of overnight grooming effort to give skiers the best possible classic tracks for the day. Members of the Bethel Outing Club showed up in force to help host the event in collaboration with Nonstop Nordic who brought live timing to the event for the first time. The event felt like a really community gathering that seemed to go on all day. Kids could be seen playing on the side of the trail while junior and adult skiers socialized throughout the day.
The day kicked off with the younger BKL skiers doing a 1km race that zigzagged its way around the scenic upper fairway at the Bethel Inn. Next came the lollipop race, followed by the Middle School 3km. It was great to see young skiers from across the region participating!
The self-seeded 25km & 12.5km mass start races took off simultaneously. A much larger field of skiers made their way around the course this year, more than double last year’s entires! There were lots of positive comments from the athletes and smiling faces at the finish as well as team photo-ops. Some of the younger athletes added an element of fun to their race by skiing in ridiculous costumes. The event was capped off with a nice outdoor awards ceremony at the finish followed by an after party at Carter’s XC on nearby Intervale Road.