68th Annual Stowe Derby Ski Race Set for Feb. 24

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68th Annual Stowe Derby Ski Race

Sunday, February 24, 2013

– Skiers Compete in Historic Race for the Fun and Prestige – 

STOWE, Vt. – February 12, 2013 – The oldest downhill cross-country ski race in North America returns to Stowe on Sunday, February 24, 2013 for the 68th consecutive year. The Stowe Derby began as a dual between two competitive skiers in 1945 and now draws hundreds of international competitors to the slopes of Mount Mansfield annually. This truly unique skiing showdown is open to all types of skiers and brings out the best in winter sport revelry.

The Stowe Derby combines both Alpine and Nordic (cross-county) aspects of skiing over a course stretching 12.5 miles (20.1 km) and descending approximately 2,600 feet (792 m), making it an unforgiving, all-around test of skiing aptitude. North America’s fastest cross-country skiers will navigate tight switchbacks on Stowe’s Toll Road and sprint through town along the Stowe Rec. Path in an effort to set a record time. But, in the spirit of the Derby, contestants also don Alpine skis, splitboards and even costumes to enjoy completing the legendary course.

“Competitors and spectators come to the Derby for the history and the tradition, the unique and thrilling challenge, and for the fun of it – there’s nothing else like it,” said race organizer Pascale Savard. “We’re expecting a great event this year with a big turnout. There’s never a dull moment at the Derby.”

Skiers can select between freestyle or classic divisions, and experts can do both courses in the Derby Meister. Teams of four can enter the EverBank Team Challenge for a chance at more prizes. Families with children ages 6 and up will enjoy the short course (5 km) along the Stowe Rec Path.

Online registration is open until Friday, February 22, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. In-person registration is available during early bib pick up at the Stowe Elementary School on Saturday, February 23 from 3-5 p.m. Payment in cash or check only. Visit www.stowederby.com or contact Pascale Savard at stowederby@teammmsc.org for more information. Like the Stowe Derby Facebook page for updates.

The Stowe Derby is presented by Concept 2 of Morrisville, Vermont.

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