Winter Wild race series starts Jan. 15 at Whaleback

This Saturday the New London rec department kicks off its Winter Wild race series. The competition looks to enjoy a strong start. Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow and pre-registration is running high for the first race at Whaleback in Enfield on January 15. The start time for the uphill/downhill race is 7 am.

Last year the race was a “huge success, with a high number of racers raising money for the New London Recreation Department programs,” according to Jessie Levine, New London’s town administrator.

The program also received an award from the NH Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness.

Already twice the number of racers have signed up for the Whaleback race. Channel 9 will be filming for a Chronicle program, according to Levine.

“So come out and support a fun event and maybe get your 15 minutes of fame!”

Okay…what is Winter Wild?

It is an uphill/downhill race, where racers choose their gear (skis, snowshoes, running shoes) and have to go up and down the race course without changing gear. The finish line is at the bottom.

Races will be held on January 15 at Whaleback, on February 5 at Ragged Mountain, on February 19 at Pats Peak, and on March 5 at Mount Sunapee.

For more info including race categories and how to register, visit:

You can view a video from the 2010 race via Evan’s Blog: Live Free and Ride Whaleback.

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