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    • BC Holds Slim Lead Going into Relay Events at Haywood Western Canadian Championships

      January 21, 2018

      Junior Women Classic Mass Start (Credit: Peter Fuzessery, moonlightcanada)

      After 2 days of intense individual start racing at the Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships, visiting Team BC has taken a slim 130 point lead 3337 to 3207 going into the final day of competitions.  Saskatchewan sits in third with 484 points aided on Day 2 by a strong Para-Nordic showing. 

      Day 3 of the Western’s features 3 person Divisional relay competitions.  The Open Men and Women will race 3 x 5 km relays featuring twice around the new 2.5 km course at River Bend Golf and Recreational Area just outside of Red Deer, AB.  Red Deer will welcome all territories and provinces next February as they host the 2019 Canada Winter Games.    The Canada Games Sport Council recently approved the Cross Country Sport Schedule for next winter including a new Provincial/Territorial mixed gender (2 M + 2 W) 3 x 5 km relay competition.  Provinces and Territories will also be able to field unofficial relay teams for the first time at the Games designed to maximize participation in the relay event. 

      The 3rd day of competition at the Western Canadian Championships will begin at 9:00 am with Para-Nordic individual start events.  The Open Men’s 3 x relay will start at 9:30 am.  The Swix-Fischer Cup is expected to be awarded at the completion of the midget relay event in early afternoon.  The River Bend Recreational Area has undergone a transformational change over the past year under the direction of the Parkland Nordic Ski Club.  Upgrades have included a new stadium and technical building, freshly FIS homologated trails and upgraded utilities to the area.  

      The Cross Country portion of the Games is scheduled to take place during the 2nd week of competition between February 21 – March 1.  For more information on the Games visit: https://www.canadagames.ca/