Participants pose during one of the Capital Region Nordic Alliance’s biathlon events this summer.
This event, scheduled for Sept. 29 and 30, is designed to pre-game the community for the winter sports season. The event is co-hosted by Gore Mountain and Garnet Hill Lodge. Russ Myer, who is planning the events, also 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.
“We wanted to call it the Capital Region Nordic Alliance/North Creek Nordic Extravaganza,” Myer said. “But that was too many N’s.”
There are several sporting events planned for the two-day event. Sept. 29 will feature a roller ski race through the village, orienteering, and a 5k run starting at Garnet Hill. Representatives from several sport organizations will give presentations at Tannery Pond, including Curtis Schreiner (three-time Olympic biathlete), Peter Goodwin (Orienteering USA), Allan Serrano (New England Nordic Ski Association), Mike Bussek (United States Specialty Sports Association), and Bob Dion (Dion Snowshoes). The rest of the day will be filled with family shopping, raffles and specialty Nordic vendors.
Gore Mountain will host another 5k run on Sept. 30 and will be followed by the Tri-State Summer Biathlon Championships. Don Preuninger and Mindy Piper are working alongside the CRNA to put together a 50-meter, 7-point biathlon range at the Garnet Hill Lodge.
The Winter Tune Up is the first event of its kind in the area. Not only are the activities unique, but every one is open to competitors with disabilities. A number of accommodations are being made for people with all ranges of physical capabilities.
“It first starts with being intentional about being inclusive,” Myer said, “and notifying those agencies that work with the disabled that they are welcome.”
Some sporting accommodations include conforming orienteering trails to benefit people in wheelchairs. There will be a paintball biathlon where shooting distance can vary depending on visual or ambulatory status. The trail runs planned for the weekend should be navigable for people with a variety of ambulatory needs. Garnet Hill Lodge is also handicapped accessible.
Myer plans to not only turn the Tune Up into an annual event, but also to host similar all-inclusive events over the course of the year. If all goes well, he hopes to turn the Tune Up into one of the major events in the New York/New England area.
“There’s no reason to hibernate during winter,” Myer said.
For more information visit http://capitalregionnordicalliance.org, or contact Russ Myer at email@example.com.