Breckebeiner skiathon set for Saturday |

Breckebeiner skiathon set for Saturday

ANDY FRAMEsummit daily news
Summit Daily file photoAlthough not a race, the Breckebeiner delivers plenty of festive cheer and Nordic warmth in the name of raising money for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.

BRECKENRIDGE – The third annual Breckebeiner cross country skiing fundraiser will take place next Saturday at the Breckenridge Nordic Center, with skiers traveling up to 60 kilometers to help the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC).Participants will either ski in a 12K, 30K or 60K skiathon, where the longer they go, the more money their sponsors will donate toward the BOEC. “This will be a Nordic gala at the end of a phenomenal season,” Breckenridge Nordic Center owner Gene Dayton said. “And one of the goals of the BOEC is to promote physical fitness in the community.”

Skiers can either attempt to tackle the long trek by themselves or as a team. Teams can include up to six people for the 60K, four people for the 30K and two people for the 12K. It is not a relay format, so the teams can ski the groomed trails together.Entry fees are $1 per kilometer per person.Dayton, who started the BOEC in the 1970s, will ski in the 60K event and said in long races there is always the desire to give up at some point.

“There are times when you want to quit,” Dayton said. “But for every lap I don’t do, I’ll feel like I’m slighting the BOEC.”About 18 teams have already been formed with between 50 and 60 sponsors backing them. Dayton’s goal is to raise more than $25,000, roughly a quarter of the BOEC’s budget. Participants that raise more than $2,500 will be awarded a 2005-2006 Vail Resorts season pass to Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin. Other fundraising milestones will be awarded with valuable prizes.

For more information on the Breckebeiner, call (970) 453-6855, or email Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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