24 Hours of Telemark Set for January 7-8


From press release

Cable, Wisc. - Looking for a cross-country skiing adventure? Then mark your calendar for the 24 Hours of Telemark, America's first 24-hour telemark ski race, January 7-8, 2006, on the Telemark Lodge trail system near Cable, Wisconsin.

Competitors can ski three, six, twelve or twenty-four hours solo or on teams of two, four or six members. The race is for all abilities and motivations whether you want to be competitive or just get in some distance in a low-pressure, supportive environment. 2006 will mark the sixth year of this event.

A five kilometer loop on the telemark trail system provides a "nearly endless" roller coaster that skis beautifully for both classic and freestyle techniques whether it is light or dark.

"You can make this race your ultimate personal challenge or take a more laid-back approach," event organizer Dennis Kruse said.

As a member of the Birkebeiner Foundation board of directors, Kruse knows what it takes to put on a top-notch event and how important it is to provide a range of options for skiers of all abilities.

"Skiers can choose to spread the work among a team with up to six members or select one of the shorter race categories," he said. "Or you can enter as a team of one and really challenge yourself in the 'Solo Freak' category. The race is against the clock. It comes down to how many 5-kilometer laps you complete in 24, 12, 6 or 3 hours."

The 24 Hours of Telemark offers one of the few team events in cross-country skiing and adds the excitement of skiing at night if you choose the 12- or 24-hour option. Add to that the camaraderie of skiing in North America's first 24-hour telemark ski event and you've got a combination that's hard to beat.

Lodging at the event is available through the Telemark Resort and Condos. Call 877-798-4718. Nearby lodging can be arranged through the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce at 800-533-7454.

For more information about the event, contact Dennis Kruse at 715-798-3571 or kruseski@cheqnet.net. For race registration information, visit www.24hoursoftelemark.com.