Pedal Power series wraps up with 5K, 10K snowshoe races at Tennessee Pass | VailDaily.com

Pedal Power series wraps up with 5K, 10K snowshoe races at Tennessee Pass

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The 10K course for Saturday's Tennessee Pass Cookhouse 5K/10K will serve as the official Colorado State Championships, determining the top men’s and women’s snowshoers in the state, with the winners of each category garnering the Colorado state title.

VAIL — Saturday's Tennessee Pass Cookhouse 5K and 10K, with a 10 a.m. start, is the fifth and final event in the Pedal Power Winter Race Series, now in its 20th year of raising funds for Eagle and Lake County causes.

This year, all proceeds from this nonprofit series will go toward scholarships to be awarded to Eagle and Lake county high school mountain bike racers as they continue on to college. Race Director Bruce Kelly said the winter's abundant snowfall would enhance this final event.

"Mother Nature has smiled upon us again this year, and conditions for the event should be absolutely prime, with plenty of snow providing beautiful course conditions." Kelly said. "This fundraiser is perfect for enjoying a variety of forested and open terrain, along with some amazing views along the Continental Divide."

The Race

Racers can experience an adventurous, 5K fun-run track, set up to suit the more casual snowshoer as it winds its way through the pine forests and meadows of Tennessee Pass along the Continental Divide. Those seeking more of a challenge can tackle the 10K course, which will also serve as the official Colorado State Championships, determining the top men's and women's snowshoers in the state, with the winners of each category garnering the Colorado state title.

All participants will enjoy a post-race lunch provided by the staff of the hosting Tennessee Pass Cookhouse, along with awards for the top three finishers in each category.

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Racers will meet at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center at Ski Cooper, between Interstate 70 and Leadville. Early registration for this event is $20, and racers can register on the day of the race for $25. Participants can also register online at http://www.pedalpowerbike.com or get forms at Pedal Power in Eagle-Vail by calling 970-845-0931.

If you go …

What: Tennessee Pass Cookhouse 5K/10K, part of the Pedal Power Winter Race Series.

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.

Where: Tennessee Pass Nordic Center at Ski Cooper, 232 County Road 29, Leadville.

Cost: $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event.

More information: Participants can preregister online at pedalpowerbike.com or get forms at Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail by calling 970-845-0931.