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2009 XC Ottawa eLoad/eMend Duathlon
By:  Team XC Ottawa   (2008/12/27)


eLoad/eMend XC Ottawa Duathlon

Come try a Pursuit Race!!

Sunday, January 11th, 2009 at Nakkertok South

XC Ottawa will be hosting a race at Nakkertok Nordic Center sponsored by eLoad energy drink and eMend recovery drink, on January 11th. The race format will be a pursuit: there will be two continuous portions one classic leg followed immediately by one skate leg. There will be a transition zone in between, where you exchange your skis and poles.

Pursuit (or duathlon) is a relatively new format on the World Cup circuit, but because it's a bit complicated to set up, it is rarely tried in domestic races.

Come on out and try it!!! Don't worry if you don't have the special 'pursuit' boots no-one else does either! The best gear to use is skating boots it makes the classic feel a little bit funny, but it's manageable.

The XC Ottawa Duathlon is an NCD points race.

How a pursuit/duathlon works: 

  • Prepare classic skis and skate skis.
  • Before the start, lay your skate skis and poles in a specially marked 'pit box'.
  • The start is mass start classic.
  • Once you are finished the classic portion, enter the stadium, go to your 'pit box', and switch to your skating skis and poles.
  • Your classic gear must stay in the box your skate gear was in.
  • Finish the race in the skating technique.
  • Still confused? Don't worry! It'll all be clear when you get there.

Course: Check www.xcottawa.ca for course map.

Location:Nakkertok Nordic Centre (Nakkertok South). Directions and maps at http://english.nakkertok.ca/driving-directions.

Pre-Race Day Registration: On-Line Registration will be available Dec. 27th at www.xcottawa.ca/events.php and will close on January 9th at 16:00. Payment and waiver signing will still happen race-day morning.

Check the confirmation list here.

Questions? info@xcottawa.ca

Race Day payment, and waiver signage: Registration will open at 7:30 and close at 10am. Remember, ALL racers need to sign the waiver and pay entry fee at the race-site.

Entry fee:$10 per person. This race is open to everyone who wants to participate.

Prizes: Yes! From our generous sponsors, including eLoad sport drink and eMend recovery drink.

Category Age Total Distance?
(Classic and Skate)
Approx Start Time*
Open Men & Women 1989 & older 10k (2 X 2.5km + 2x2.5km) 9:00
Junior Men & Women 1989 & older 10k (2x2.5km + 2x2.5km) 9:00
Junior Boys & Girls 1991-1992 5k (2.5km + 2.5km) 9:30
Juvenile Boys & Girls 1993-1994 5k (2.5km + 2.5km) 9:30
Midget Boys & Girls 1995-1996 3k (1.5k + 1.5k) 10:00
Mini-Midget Boys & Girls 1997-1998 3k (1.5k + 1.5k) 10:20
Pee-wee Boys & Girls 1999-2000 1.5k (FREESTYLE) 10:45
Atom Boys & Girls 2001-2002 1.5k (FREESTYLE) 10:45

* Except for the 9:00 start, use other start times as a guideline only. We may need to combine/separate some categories depending on registration numbers. Check www.xcottawa.ca for more updates.


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