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Beaver Creek’s Snowshoe Running Series kicks off Jan. 3

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The Beaver Creek Snowshoe Running Series begins with a race on the Western Hillside Course on Sunday, Jan. 3.
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Beaver Creek snowshoe series schedule

• Sunday, Jan. 3: Western Hillside Course

8:30 a.m. — Check-in and registration (base of the Covered Bridge escalator)

11 a.m. — Race start (start/finish at Creekside Park)

• Sunday, Jan. 31: Eastern Hillside Course

8:30 a.m. — Check-in and registration (base of the Covered Bridge escalator)

11 a.m. — Race start (start/finish at Creekside Park)

• Sunday, Feb. 28: McCoy Park Course

8:30 a.m. — Strawberry Park Lift opens

8:45 a.m. — Check-in and registration (McCoy Park)

11 a.m. — Race start (start/finish at McCoy Park, Beaver Creek Nordic Center)

To register online, visit www.beavercreek.com. To register in person the day of the race, a tent will be set up across from the Covered Bridge by the shuttle stop in Beaver Creek Village or at McCoy Park from 8:30 to 10:40 a.m.

BEAVER CREEK — Snowshoe diehards, enthusiasts and first-timers will flock to Beaver Creek Resort on Sunday, Jan. 3, to test their determination in the Beaver Creek Snowshoe Running Series, presented by Aquafina. The series has evolved over the past 18 years to become one of the largest and longest-running snowshoe races in the country.

The event series features three races: the Western Hillside 10K is for competitors seeking challenge and glory, the Western Hillside 5K will put newcomers and novices to the test and the Kids’ 1K allows kids to experience the first-time thrill of racing on snow. Starting at 8,100 feet and surrounded by a panorama of the Rocky Mountains, racers shuffle, step and sprint to the finish line.

Variety of Prizes

The races kick off at 11 a.m. at Creekside Park in Beaver Creek and feature a slopeside sponsor expo and a post-event party at The Dusty Boot, which gives participants a chance to win a variety of giveaways and enjoy a post-race meal. Limited free demo and rental snowshoes provided by Atlas Snow-Shoe Co. are available at the races, as long as supplies last. Participants should head to Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center at the base of Strawberry Park Express Lift for additional demo and snowshoe rentals.

Beaver Creek Resort, the Beaver Creek Resort Co., Aquafina, Nature Valley, Atlas Snow-Shoe Co., East West Destination Hospitality and The Dusty Boot Steakhouse and Saloon make these snowshoe races possible.

To learn more about the Beaver Creek Snowshoe Running Series visit http://www.beavercreekrunningseries.com and for winter lodging deals at Beaver Creek visit http://www.beavercreek.com.