First Nordic Winter Tune Up set for North Creek, North River Sept. 29-30

Participants pose during one of the Capital Region Nordic Alliance’s biathlon events this summer.

Participants pose during one of the Capital Region Nordic Alliance’s biathlon events this summer.

— It’s the height of leaf-peeping season in the Gore Mountain Region, but many people here have snow on the brain (and wish they had some under their feet).

It’s time for first-ever North Creek and Capital Region Nordic Alliance Winter Tune Up, set for Sept. 29-30 in North Creek and North River.

The event is designed to get the region and its outdoor enthusiasts ready for winter recreation, specifically for Nordic skiing and its disciplines, such as biathlon. The weekend will also feature the Tri States Summer Biathlon Championships.

The Winter Tune Up is the first event of its kind in the region, and a number of accommodations are being made for people with all ranges of physical capabilities.

“It first starts with being intentional about being inclusive,” co-organizer Russ Myer said, “and notifying those agencies that work with the disabled that they are welcome.”

The event is co-hosted by Gore Mountain and Garnet Hill Lodge. Myer said he hopes the Tune Up will raise interest in Nordic sports — biathlons, orienteering, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing — and bring year-round business to North Creek.

The Nordic tune up is designed for the entire family. Here is the schedule:

Saturday, Sept. 29

•9 a.m.: A roller ski race in the village of North Creek, sponsored by V2 and directed by Greg Malia, Director of the fall roller ski event in Kingston, N.Y.

•10-10:45 a.m.: Tannery Pond Community Center. Concurrent presentations include: three-time Winter Olympic Biathlete, Curtis Schreiner; Peter Goodwin, Orienteering USA; Bob Dion-Dion Snowshoes/Mike Busek, USSSA; and Allan Serrano (Janice Sabilia), USSA/NENSA.

•11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Lunch, Raffles and Nordic vendors a Garnet Hill Lodge and XC Ski Center (Nordic vendors include High Peaks Cyclery, Nordic Emporium, ToKo, Dion Snowshoes)

•1 p.m.: Fun Orienteering, biathlon (.22 cal and paintball) and 5K trail run at Garnet Hill Lodge & XC Ski Center. Awards presented at 4 p.m. for events from the art department at Johnsburg High School, dedicated time with Nordic vendors

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