Nordic Marathon race event
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2018 Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon

Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon LogoSaturday, February 10th, 2018

To Benefit the New England Ski Museum

The Bretton Woods Nordic Center at the Omni Mount Washington Resort is home to classic Nordic skiing events such as the Mount Washington Cup and the Geschmossel, the longest running citizen’s Nordic race in New Hampshire. This year we invite all Nordic skiers to participate in the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon ... come be part of this epic, classic-format Nordic ski event that benefits the New England Ski Museum.

Staged between the historic Mount Washington Hotel and majestic Mount Washington, the New England Ski Museum’s Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon at Omni Mount Washington Resort has quickly become a North Country winter tradition. This 42-kilometer, classic-format, cross-country ski race showcases one of the largest Nordic systems in the northeast. In the tracks of the famed 1982 US National Championships and such legends as Bill Koch and Tim Caldwell, this race is steeped in history and Nordic skiing tradition. The course layout provides a challenge to experienced racers while making use of terrain that is accessible and enjoyable for skiers of all abilities.
Past winners include Olympians Justin Freeman (2010, 2011) and Dorcas Wonsavge (2009, 2010) and top collegiate racers. Participants range in age from 11 to 83; with a two lap course and rest stations. The Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon is a great event for recreational and competitive skiers alike; there is also an option to ski on an untimed basis. The Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon is part of two different New England Nordic Ski Association race series; the 42K marathon is part of the Marathon Series and the 21K half-marathon is part of the ZAK Cup

Please call the Bretton Woods Nordic Center at (603) 278-3322 for more information.

Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon mapRegistration

The event is limited to 400 skiers; please register online through If the limit of 400 racers has not been reached by March 9th, a limited number of day-of-event entries will be accepted at a rate of $110 per racer ($70 for U23).

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 Registration Fees:
 By December 25th  $70
 By January 29th  $85
 By 11pm, February 8th  $95
 U23 Rate by January 29th  $35
 U23 Rate by February 8th  $50
  • Banquet tickets are $15 for those who are not racing.

Youth Event

Vermonter Bill Koch won the first United States Olympic medal in cross-country skiing and developed the Nordic skating technique. The US youth league is known as the Bill Koch League (BKL). There are 2 children’s BKL events on the day of the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon, see below for more information. Children may ski in the marathon or half-marathon (register as U23.)

Bill Koch League (BKL) registrations are day-of-race only.  
  • .5K Lollipop Race: $10 per racer (ages 5-7, includes banquet ticket)
  • 1.5K or 3K BKL Youth Race (1.5k & 3.0k) per racer (includes banquet ticket)


Friday, February 9, 2018

11:00am - 7:00pm
Bib Pickup

Pickup your bib and receive a complimentary course preview during normal operation hours.  Day-of-Race registrations accepted on a space available basis.
Bretton Woods Nordic Center

Saturday, February 10, 2018

7:00am - 9:00am
Last Minute Bib Pickup
“Day-of-race” entries accepted on a space-available basis.
Bretton Woods Nordic Center

8:00 am - 9:15 am
Bill Koch League (BKL) Registration

Nordic Center

Marathon Start  

Racers gather at the start no later than 9:15am. Timed/untimed, full and half-marathons start behind the Mount Washington Hotel.

BKL Youth Race Start (Ages 12 & under)
Racers gather at start by 9:45am. The 1.5K and 3K races start behind the Mount Washington Hotel for both the BKL and youth resort guests.
Nordic Center

BKL Lollipop Race Start (ages 5-7)

Racers must be in the start area no later than 10:45am. Participants and parents meet behind the Nordic Center and walk to the start/finish area.
Nordic Center

Flower Ceremonies
Cheer on your friends and family as they cross the finish line. Finish times are posted inside sponsor tents. Flower Ceremonies for 21K and 42K occur as soon as first male and female finishers cross the line in each race.
Finish Line near the “Stone Pillar” at Nordic Center

Timing Ceases

Racers starting 2nd lap after 11:30am are warned they may not appear in timed results.

12:00pm - 3:00pm
Awards Ceremony

Join us in the Presidential Ballroom of the historic Mount Washington Hotel for the Nordic Marathon Awards Ceremony.
  • 12:00pm: Refreshments
  • 1:00pm: Buffet Opens (bib is your meal ticket; all others must purchase ticket online or at door)
  • 2:00pm: Awards are presented

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