Barkerville to host BC Games events

Quesnel, BC – In order to improve racing conditions for biathlon and cross country skiing events, BC Games organizers have worked with Barkerville Historic Town & Park staff to organize a day of racing at the historic site on Saturday, February 24.

Grooming equipment from the Wells Snowmobile Club and Cariboo Ski Touring Club will be used to develop a track for skiers to use in sprint style events. Barkerville operations staff began work on the base of the track almost immediately after the decision was made to hold the event at the site. Troll Ski Resort has also loaned equipment to support the event.

There will be limited access to view the race along the course, but spectators may cheer on the athletes at the finish line. Participants will have the opportunity to explore Barkerville following the races and before the medal presentations and return to Quesnel.

Athletes, coaches, officials, and other volunteers will be bussed to the site. Warm-up will begin at 9:30 am, with a Welcome Ceremony in the staging area prior to the first qualifying events starting at 10:05 am. The day will wrap up with medal presentations at 3:30 pm. A full schedule is available on the BC Games website, under Spectator Information.

Events at Hallis Lake are still scheduled to take place on February 22 – 23. The Cariboo Ski Touring Club has been taking advantage of the colder temperatures the week prior to the Games with snow making equipment to improve the base at that venue.

“This is an opportunity for the athletes to race in a truly unique venue,” says Brian Balkwill, Lhtako Quesnel 2024 BC Winter Games President. “Kudos to the Cross Country and Biathlon Sport Chairs for their out of the box thinking, and to the Provincial Sport Organizations for their commitment to the Games as we navigate this unseasonable weather. A big thank you to Barkerville for coming on board with the venue and helping hands.”

In order to ensure the safety of participants, staff, and volunteers, and maintain the integrity of the race course, there will be no access to Groundhog Lake through Barkerville on day of the event. Snowmobilers may use the Prosperine Trail.


Media Contact:

Amy Reid
Public Relations Chair
Lhtako Quesnel 2024 BC Winter Games

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