Soldier Hollow Nordic Center Hosts Schutzenski Festival

Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation

 Soldier Hollow Nordic Center has been hosting fall training camps for years – inviting top athletes as they prepare for their winter seasons. The Schutzenski Fall Festival—which originally began as a week of training for cross-country and biathlon athletes—has evolved into a celebration of the fall season involving the community with a 5-mile running/walking race, public biathlon, and beer garden.

Top cross-country and biathlon athletes will be competing as they prepare for a busy winter season culminating with the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in February. Two-time Olympian, PyeongChang 2018 gold medalist and 2021 World Cup Champion Jessie Diggins will compete in the cross-country roller ski races, headlining a field of top U.S. cross-country athletes. Plus, two-time Olympic biathlete and 2020 World Championship silver medalist, Susan Dunklee, will be skiing alongside other biathlon national team members as they compete to qualify for the 2021-22 World Cup season. The University of Utah ski team will also compete including 2020 Junior World Championship Team Relay silver medalist and Park City’s own Sydney Palmer-Leger. 

On October 23, the Schutzenski Festival opens with a 5-mile fun run/walk on the Olympic trails starting at 8:00 AM followed with elite-level biathlon and cross-country roller ski races throughout the morning. A head-to-head Wild West Shooting competition will begin at 12:00 PM followed with open biathlon and ski races in the afternoon. Bohemian Brewery will be providing beer throughout the competition. Spectators are invited to learn more about the sport of biathlon with discover biathlon sessions on the Olympic range. The event is free for spectators but those wanting to compete in the 5-mile race or discover biathlon session are encouraged to register in advance.

Bohemian Brewery will be providing beer throughout the competition. Spectators are invited to learn more about the sport of biathlon with discover biathlon sessions on the Olympic range. The event is free for spectators but those wanting to compete in the 5-mile race or discover biathlon session are encouraged to register in advance.

Visit www.sohoschutzenski.com for more details.

PUBLIC SCHEDULE – OCTOBER 23, 2021
6:30 AM – Race Registration Opens
8:00 AM – 5-Mile Race Begins
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Elite Biathlon and Ski Races
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Beer Garden
12:00 PM – Wild West Shootout
12:30 – 1:30 PM – Open Biathlon and Ski Races
2:00 PM – Public Biathlon Sessions

RACES – OCTOBER 23, 2021
XC – Elite Women 7.5km Skate Mass Start
XC – Elite Men 10km Skate Mass Start
XC – Open Women 6km Skate Mass Start
XC – Open Men 6km Skate Mass Start
BIA – Elite Women 7.5km Sprint (Youth, Jr, Sr Categories)
BIA – Elite Men 10km Sprint (Youth, Jr, Sr Categories)
BIA – Open Women/Men 6km Sprint (Open to all ages U15 Open, Youth Open, Jr Open, Sr Open, Masters Open).


RACES – OCTOBER 24, 2021
XC – ALL Women 7.5km Classic Individual Start
XC – ALL Men 10km Classic Individual Start
BIA – Elite Women 12.5 km Mass Start (Youth, Jr, Sr Categories)
BIA – Elite Men 15 km Sprint (Youth, Jr, Sr Categories)
BIA – Open Women/Men 7.5km Pursuit (Open to all ages U15 Open, Youth Open, Jr Open, Sr Open, Masters Open).

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