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The Race of the Methow is Methow Valley Nordic’s premier race weekend. Open to skiers of all ages and abilities, the race also serves as a PNSA Junior Nationals Qualifier.

When: Saturday and Sunday, February 1 and 2, 2020 (official training and course inspection on January 31)

What: Saturday classic sprint, Sunday mass start skate. The sprint heats will be a modified King’s Court format. See below for details. 

Where: McCabe Trails, Liberty Bell High School, Winthrop, WA

Check back here for links to start lists and results during the course of the weekend. See below for more links to course maps, weather forecast, and wax recommendations.


Start Lists

Start List for Saturday Qualifying Time Trial:

PDF Version

Link to U16 and older Start List on Webscorer

Link to U10-U14 Start List on Webscorer

Detailed Heat Schedule for Saturday

Start List for Sunday:

PDF Version (Updated 6:49 AM 2/2/20)


Race Results


ROM20 Results U10-U14 Classic Sprint (All rounds)

U10-14 Sprint Qualifier Results on Webscorer

ROM20 Results U16+ Male Classic Sprint

ROM20 Resuls U16+ Female Classic Sprint

U16 and Older Sprint Qualifier Results on Webscorer


ROM20 U18+ M 10km Free Mass

ROM20 U18+F 10k Free Mass

ROM20 U16M 5k Free Mass

ROM20 U16F 5k Free Mass

ROM20 U12-14 3k Free Mass

ROM20 U10 1.5k Free Mass


Registration is via USSA signup To register, racers need to:

1) log into their USSA account
2) on the tools section of their personal dashboard, click on “Event Registration”
3) on the event search page put in the proper criteria (age class, gender, month) and click “Search Competitions”


Registration is entirely online (except for the U8 lollipop race). Please register early to help us with planning. Registration Fees increase by $10 starting Saturday, January 26.

For the U8 lollipop race there is no advanced registration. Just show up at the starting line as directed by the race announcer.


NOTE: Any skier (especially U14 and under) who might not race due to the fees, please contact jrteam@mvnsef.org to discuss fee waivers PRIOR TO REGISTERING.

Race Formats

Saturday will be classic sprints, with a modified King’s Court format in which everyone skis all three heats. See below for additional information. U16 and older skiers will use a 1.25 km course, and U10 through U14’s will go 800 meters.  U8 Skiers will race an untimed mass start lollipop race on the 800m course.  

Sunday will be mass start skate races. Course lengths will be:

U18 and older, including seniors and masters: 10 km (4 laps of the 2.5 km course)

U16: 5 km (2 laps of a 2.5 km course) 

U12/14: 3 km

U10: 1.5 km

U8: untimed mass start lollipop race.

Kings Court Sprint Format

The qualification round is the normal interval start time trial. However, in the heats there are no eliminations. For the first round of heats (quarterfinals) the fastest six qualifiers go into the first heat, the next fastest six go into the second heat, and so on until all qualifiers have been assigned to heats. After the quarterfinals the first and second finishers in each heat move up one heat for the semifinals, while the fifth and sixth of each heat move down one heat (except that no one moves up from the first heat or down from the last heat). The same thing happens from the semifinals to the finals. Final race results are the finish order in each consecutive heat: first through sixth places are the finish order of the first heat; seventh through twelfth places are the finish order of the second heat, and so on.


Detailed Race Schedule

Detailed Heat Schedule for Saturday

Sat, Jan 26:
Registration fees increase by $10

Thu, Jan 30:

11:00 pm: Registration closes. No late registration!

Fri, Jan 31 – Official Training

1:00 – 4:00 pm: Course open for inspection and official training
7:30 pm: Team Captain’s Meeting, Okanogan County Electric Cooperative, 93 W Chewuch Rd: Head out of Winthrop on Hwy 20 westbound. Turn right onto Chewuch Road just after passing the Winthrop Barn. The Co-op will be on your left after about one mile, immediately after Rendezvous Road turns off to the left.

Sat, Feb 1 – Classic Sprint.
Note: Heat schedules will be posted after registration closes.

7:00 – 8:50: Courses open for training and inspection
9:00: Sprint qualification for U16 and older, 1.25k, followed by heats.
12:15: U8 Lollipop Race, 800m
12:30: Sprint qualification for U14 and younger, 800m, followed by heats
6:00 pm: Awards dinner at Liberty Bell High School

Sun, Feb 2 – Skate Mass Start

7:00 – 8:50: Courses open for training and inspection
9:00: U18 and older Male, 10k (4×2.5km)
9:45: U18 and older Female, 10k (4×2.5km)
10:30: U16 Male, 5k (2×2.5km)
10:50: U16 Female, 5k (2×2.5km)
11:20: U12/U14, 3k
11:45: U10, 1.5k
12:00: U8 Lollipop Race
12:30: Awards

Maps – PDF Downloads

ROM 2020 800m Sprint Map and Profile

ROM 2020 1.25 km Sprint Map and Profile

Classic Sprint Stadium Diagram

ROM 2020 2.5 km Map and Profile

ROM 2020 3 km Map and Profile

ROM 2020 1.5 km Map and Profile