Skiers aim to master the Muster
Endurance, stamina and determination will be on display by keen crosscountry skiers on Saturday with the 20th Merino Muster at Snow Farm.
The event, which was now an associate member of the renowned Worldloppet series, was expected to attract more than 150 beginner crosscountry skiers to elite international team skiers.
Event organiser Mary Lee, of Cardrona Valley, said the competition would feature four different races, 7km, 21km, and 42km sections, as well as mini merino – for children under 10.
At least 25 of the athletes taking part were in the Worldloppet series.
The series involves cross- country skiers being given a Worldloppet passport and working towards receiving a passport stamp when they have completed 21km and 42km races.
It was ‘‘very exciting’’ the Merino Muster had become part of the world series and it was hoped more New Zealanders would take part in the event and get a passport, Lee said.
Participants who finished 10 of the 42km races would become a gold master and those who completed 10 of the 21km races would become a silver master.
The sport was great for any level. ‘‘You don’t have to be fast. You only have to finish,’’ Lee said.
‘‘If you can walk 7km, you can ski it,’’ she said.
Many of those taking part in the event will be heading to the Worldloppet race in Australia, the Kangaroo Hoppet, next week.
Wanaka women Marie Hopley and Meridee Beange take part in the 7km Merino Muster in 2012.
Going strong: What: Merino Muster. When: Saturday, August 16. Where: Snow Farm ski area.