Cross-Country Skiing takes the Win

Jan 8, 2024

Cross-Country Skiing takes the Win
Angry Whale Media Inc.
Joel Perrella
[email protected]

Release Date:
January 8, 2024

For Immediate Release
Cross-Country Skiing takes the Win
Locals take first at the inaugural Winter Adventure Race of the year

[Kelowna, BC] — The snow kept falling throughout the day but that didn’t deter Shauna Connaughton or Jonathan Kettle from taking first place at the first race of the Winter Adventure Race Series at the Kelowna Nordic Centre this Saturday, January 6, 2024.

The challenging course, created by Nathalie Long from Adventure Immersion Lab, saw competitors cross country ski and snowshoe to collect a total of 28 checkpoints throughout 28 kilometres of ski and 18 kilometres of snowshoe trails. Some checkpoints were to be collected on skis only while others were snowshoe only, so competitors had the choice to ski, snowshoe, or both.

Connaughton collected a total of 110 points while Kettle managed to take in a total of 130 (each skiing only). Each checkpoint had a point value, with some weighted more than others, so strategy played a big role in this race. In addition, taking longer than 4 hours would result in a disqualification.

Peter Watson and Loic Letailleur, managed to gather 160 points on ski and snowshoe, however a slim 3-minutes over the deadline disqualified the pair from placing.

“I wanted to make a course that was unclear-able, so that strategy would play a big factor, and those choosing to participate in only one discipline could have a chance at being competitive,” said Long. “I had my hopes that a few would actually clear the course, but Mother Nature had other plans.”

Overnight and throughout the day more than 6 inches of snow fell, making the skiing and snowshoeing that much more challenging.

“I had a great time at Adventure Immersion event!” said Connaughton. “I Forgot how much beautiful terrain [Kelowna] Nordic has and it was awesome to rediscover our backyard. The extra snow made for some slow, challenging conditions, but that just added to the challenge of trying to optimize checkpoints or choose between skis and snowshoes. It’s also a beautiful backdrop. A great start to 2024!”

Adventure Immersion Lab is a new Kelowna based company which hosts outdoor adventure events for all skill levels and ages in the Okanagan and beyond. Events challenge participants both physically and mentally to help them realize their dream adventures, from short urban adventures to grand wilderness epics. Adventure Immersion Lab - have the adventures you read about.


To schedule an interview with Nathalie Long, please reach out to Joel Perrella at Angry Whale Media, [email protected]. Additional Photos, including individuals are available.

Company Contact Information:

Company: Angry Whale Media Inc.
Contact Name: Joel Perrella
Contact Phone: 416-398-3518
Contact Email: [email protected]

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