Saturday, January 28th, 2012Join us for another year of Powder Keg fun, as we explore the scenic trails of Lowes Creek County Park. Choose from a 5-mile snowshoe race, 2-mile snowshoe run/walk or, new this year, a challenging 1-hour snow bike race. We’re also bringing back the fun-filled Kids & Mascots Sprint for children 12 and under (FREE this year)! And when you’re not on the trails, warm up with free s’mores and a crackling fire. Whether you’re a veteran racer, a complete beginner of just a spectator, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Chippewa Valley Powder Keg, brought to you by CORBA and Eau Claire Bike & Sport.
Eau Claire Expo Center & Lowes Creek County Park
Snowshoers can expect a mix of groomed and ungroomed singletrack and doubletrack, with a handful of short-but-steep hills thrown in for good measure. Medals will be awarded to overall male and female winners and top male and female racers in each age group of the 5 and 2-mile snowshoe races. Don’t have your own snowshoes? Don’t let that stop you. We’ll have some snowshoes on-hand for those who want to try the sport or just join in the fun with their snowshoeing friends. Snowshoes are first-come-first-served, though, so don’t dawdle.
The Snow Bike race will last approximately one hour. Race format may change depending on conditions, but expect short laps mainly on the trails packed down by the snowshoers who proceed you. There will be two race categories: one for fat bikes (with tires 3″ wide or bigger) and one for nonfat bikes (tires less than 3″ wide). Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
8:00 am – Registration for Snowshoe Race OPENS
9:30 am – Registration for Snowshoe Race CLOSES
10:00 am – 5-Mile Snowshoe Race
10:05 am – 2-Mile Snowshoe Race
11:00 am – Registration for Snow Bike Race OPENS
11:30 am – Kids & Mascots Snowshoe Sprint
12:00 noon – Snowshoe Race Awards & Prize Drawing
12:30 pm – Registration for Snow Bike Race CLOSES
1:00 pm – Snow Bike Race
2:30 pm – Snow Bike Race Awards & Prize Drawing
- 5-Mile & 2-Mile Snowshoe Race (Adult) – $25
- 5-Mile & 2-Mile Snowshoe Race (Child 12 & under) – $15
- Kids & Mascots Snowshoe Sprint – FREE
- Snow Bike Race – $15
- Racers who pre-register for the 5 or 2-mile snowshoe race or bike race by January 22 will receive a long-sleeve Powder Keg T-shirt
- Food, beverage and racer bag SWAG
- A chance to win door prizes from local business, including a pair of Elite Racer Snowshoes from Northern Lites and a 2-night stay at Bear Paw Outdoor Adventures Resort.
Pre-register by January 22 online at Active.com
or pre-register by mail using this registration form (must be received by January 22)
or register onsite the day of the event (a very limited number of T-shirts may be available on race day, first-come-first-served)
Registration, race start and race finish will all take place at the Eau Claire County Expo Center. For directions, click here.
Invite your friends, get race updates & join the conversation at our Facebook Event Page!
Have a question for the race director? Email email@example.com.
Event will be held regardless of weather. If snow cover is inadequate, snowshoe portion will be a trail run/hike instead. Bike race format may change based on conditions. Sorry, no refunds. Must be present to win prize drawings.