Snowshoe series taking place at Tennessee Pass
VAIL — The second race of the Pedal Power Winter Race Series takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.
The center is located at Ski Cooper on U.S. Highway 24 between Minturn and Leadville.
The Tennessee Pass 5-Miler Kickoff Classic is one of the oldest races in the series, now in its 17th year. Racers should be prepared for a mix of challenging uphills and gentle downhills that wend their way along interconnected Nordic and biking trails through the pine forests and meadows that blanket this scenic pass straddling the Continental Divide.
The Tennessee Pass venue is one of the most anticipated of the winter race season. Because of the challenge and variety of terrain, along with the recent snows providing for perfect snow conditions, it is considered one of the premier snowshoe courses in the country, attracting some of the top local, regional and national Nordic and endurance competitors.
The next event in the Winter Race Series will be the Pazzo’s/K.O. Eagle-Vail Holiday 5K/10K snowshoe race. That race will take place on Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Eagle-Vail Golf Club.
Registration for Saturday’s race is $20. Participants can pre-register directly online at http://www.pedalpowerbike.com or with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970-845-0931. Participants may also register for $25 on the day of the event at the race start.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.