2023-2024 | Zak Cup & Marathon Series Event Bid Information
This page includes bid information for NENSA Popular Races including:
- Zak & Club Cup Series
- Marathon Series
NENSA ZAK CUP & CLUB CUP SERIES
NENSA is committed to highlighting these excellent regional opportunities as the core of our racing calendar making accessible and celebrated race experiences for all levels and ages of skiers. NENSA will once again offer two tiers (Zak and Club) of Popular Race calendaring for the 23-24 season. With increased NENSA support and media we saw the highest number of individual participants to date during the 22-23 season (since our data began in 2011-2012). Our goal for 23-24 will be to incentivize participation in more races, while continuing to grow event numbers and development opportunities for venues and athletes alike.
Venues interested in having their event(s) named to NENSA’s Zak Cup, Club Cup, and/or New England Marathon Series should complete this form by May 1st. Early submissions are encouraged so we can help shape a calendar that minimizes event overlaps.
The Zak and Club Cup Series brings together NENSA’s New England’s finest citizen races. These events offer regional racing opportunities for developing skiers, and season-long head-to-head competition for senior and masters. There are often Bill Koch age offerings held in conjunction with many of the events. All events that are part of this Zak Cup Series are also scored for Club Cup points. One distance (per age group) on each day is scored for the Zak Cup to ensure appropriate competition within age groups. All timed race distances will be scored to Club Cup scoring.
While Zak Cup events often draw 100+ participants we hope to grow field sizes in the coming years with increased promotion and NENSA staff involvement. Organizers can submit for Zak or Club distinction — with Club races serving a vital role for local communities, those seeking lower key events and clubs that incentivize skier participation based on Club Cup points. On request, NENSA will coordinate Technical Delegates at these Series events for the same criteria as Eastern Cups. Zak and Club Cup Series Organizers should contact the Eastern TD Coordinator ([email protected]) to request a TD for your event. Race sites with strong volunteer bases and some experience in hosting races are encouraged to bid for a Zak and Club Cup Series events. Click here for more information on NENSA’s Zak Cup and Club Cup Series.
In the last three years the Popular Race Series has grown from approximately 10 events to over 20 events. As we review the schedule for 2023-2024 we hope to create a balanced schedule between Zak and Club events. Races will have varied techniques and distances throughout the season to make for an exciting calendar. Many events are now offering untimed or touring classes – branded with fun names like, “What the Heck” and “Just Try It!” We also look forward to and support the addition of terrain features, which is not so far removed from old school cross country skiing! We are encouraged by the growth of participation prior to the pandemic and can’t wait for next winter and highlighting this awesome series.
Zak Cup and Club Cup Series events are selected by NENSA’s Masters Committee.
- Bidding is now open for the 2023-2024 Zak Cup & Club Cup Season. Bids should be submitted by May 1st. Please direct questions to [email protected]
- Full details of expectations are listed in the Bid Sheet and Event Organizer Handbook.
- Organizers must use SkiReg for registration.
- Entry fee is up to the host, however NENSA is encouraging the use of a NENSA member rate and a slightly higher price for a 1 day membership option. NENSA will assess a $5 per participant for Zak and $2 for Club (BKL excluded) head-tax will be invoiced post event by NENSA.
NEW ENGLAND MARATHON SERIES
The events of the New England Marathon Series offer a classic cross country ski experience with fully supported courses showcasing some of New England’s premier venues. There is something for everyone, welcoming skiers of all levels to test their endurance, or just make the most of a winter’s day on courses ranging from 25K to 50K. Elite racers and recreational touring skiers alike are invited to enjoy a traditional ski marathon experience and some of the finest skiing in New England! Visit our NENSA New England Marathon Series page for more information.
- Bidding is now open for 2023-2024 New England Marathon Series and follows the same format as Zak and Club criteria.
- Each season, 6-8 events will be named to the New England Marathon Series as selected by NENSA’s Masters Committee. Marathons, whether designated Zak or Club will count towards the Marathon Series hats and recognition.