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Penticton will be hosting the second race of the Okanagan Cup series at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre on Feb. 2. This is a free skate technique race with distances of one-kilometre for the youngest age group starting at age 5, and increasing based on age category up to 15-km for adults. The Teck OK Cup is the regional version of the B.C. Cup Series, the cross-country ski competitive series. Other regions in the series include northern, Kootenay, and coastal with clubs from each region attending races. The goal of the B.C. Cup regional series is to allow competitive racing for all ages without the need for extensive travel, while allowing new skiers to compete at a high level event. This experience is in preparation for the 2016 B.C. Winter Games to be held in Penticton, with the Nickel Plate Nordic Club set to host the cross-country ski events.
For the record
In part two of the Penticton Western News’ sports newsmakers of the year, published Dec. 31, the photo on the front was of Penticton’s Jen Annett, who was the women’s winner of the Peach City Classic triathlon.