Tabernash Governor’s Cup events return home to Devil’s Thumb after 20 years
After a 20-year absence, the Governors Cup Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe event is returning to Devils Thumb Ranch near Tabernash on Sunday, Feb. 24.The Governors Cup features 5- and 10-kilometer snowshoe races that start at 10 a.m. They are followed at 11 a.m. by the start of the 10- and 20-kilometer cross-country ski races.Those racing in both the snowshoe and cross-country ski races have the chance to win cash prizes. A total of $550 in prize money is offered in both the 10K snowshoe and 20K cross-country ski races. The top-three male and female finishers in each of those races will win $100, $75, $50 cash prizes. A $50 lap-crossing premium will also be offered.For those who dont want to race, the Governors Cup also offers snowshoe and cross-country ski tours. The 5K snowshoe tours rolling start begins at 10:15 a.m. The rolling start for the cross-country ski tours 10- and 20-K events are set for 11:05 a.m.Those participating in both the snowshoe and ski tours will have the chance to stop at various feed stations along the routes to enjoy coffee, chocolates and cookies. An optional barbecue from 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. follows the races and tours. Devils Thumb will be cooking up an outdoor barbecue with beer, brats, burgers and barbecue chicken legs.The awards ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m.This Sundays Governors Cup marks its return to Devils Thumb, where the event began in 1975. Then-Gov. Dick Lamm and more than 1,000 other Nordic skiers participated in the first event that year. Devils Thumb then hosted it for several years until it moved to other locations, but now this popular event is returning to where it started.The Governors Cup is sponsored by the Colorado Governors Council for Physical Fitness, a nonprofit organization. This year, the Council is celebrating Colorados designation as the fittest state, according to statistics compiled by Trust for Americas Health, a public health advocacy group.The entry fee for the Governors Cup is $35. Those wanting to register online until noon on Friday, Feb. 22, can do so at active.com. Race-day registration at the Devils Thumb Cross Country Center is from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Sunday.For more information, call the Devils Thumb Cross Country Center at 726-8231.
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