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Four epic races coming to the Okanagan in 2017 in support of youth outdoor recreation programs

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PENTICTON - The Elevation Series, comprised of four outdoor races, is coming to the Okanagan next year.

Organized by Hoodoo Adventures, the races will take place in Penticton, Kelowna, Apex Mountain Resort and Big White Ski Resort. Two of the events, Ullr’s Winter Tri (at Apex Mountain Resort) and the Elevator Race (Penticton to Apex Mountain Resort) are returning local events. New races for 2017 include a second Ullr’s Winter Tri (taking place at Big White Ski Resort) and the Ski2Tree (Kelowna Nordic Centre to Tree Brewery), which is a re-brand of the popular Ski2Sea race, last held in Kelowna in 2014.

The multi-sport races feature mountain and road biking, skiing, snowshoeing, road and trail running and paddling. The Elevation Series will appeal to competitive men and women, recreational groups, masters (55+), and teams of corporate companies and sports groups. Athletes of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to participate.

“The Okanagan is the perfect setting for these types of winter and early spring races,” says Lyndie Hill, co-owner of Hoodoo Adventures. “We want to showcase the fact that athletes can ski and paddle in the same day with four other disciplines in between.”

Community is extremely important to Hoodoo Adventures, which is why the company has chosen to support the Youth Outdoor Recreation Society (YORS), a newly founded subsidy program that funds outdoor recreation opportunities for schools in the Okanagan. The Elevation Series has a goal to create business partnerships through sponsorship opportunities to cover the cost of the races in the series, with all other net profits going directly to YORS. Hoodoo also encourages participants to gain sponsors to donate and support the cause, with prizes given to the largest fundraisers.

Registration for the four races opens December 15, 2016. Participants can register for each race individually or sign up for all four. Athletes competing in more than one race in the series are eligible for discount pricing. For more information and to register, visit:

The Elevation Series 2017

Ullr's Winter Triathlon: Apex Mountain Resort, February 18
2nd Annual - Mountain Bike, Nordic Ski, Snowshoe Run. 

Ullr's Winter Triathlon: Big White Ski Resort, February 26
1st Annual - Fat Bike, Nordic Ski, Snowshoe Run. 

Ski2Tree: Kelowna Nordic Centre to Tree Brewery, March 11
A re-brand of the popular Ski2Sea.
1st Annual - Nordic Ski, Snowshoe Run, Road Bike, Run, Mountain Bike, Paddle. 
Descending 3,000 feet in 88km over six stages.

Elevator Race: Penticton to Apex Mountain Resort, March 25
6th Annual - Paddle, Road Bike, Run/Snowshoe, Mountain Bike, Nordic Ski, Alpine Ski, Board.
Ascending 6,000 feet in 52kms over six stages.

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