Balaclava Blitz brings marathon spirit to snowy Colchester

February 9, 2018 by  

February is not a time when many people think about running marathons, particularly in Vermont, but hardy souls looking to get some exercise while enjoying the wintery landscape in Colchester’s scenic Bayside Park will be interested in the upcoming Balaclava Blitz.

The Blitz, named after the face-covering ski mask essential for such endeavors, is what is called a “winter marathon”, with the underwater leg of the traditional marathon replaced by a skiing course. The race consists of three kilometres of running, 5.6 kilometres of cycling, and five kilometres of freestyle skiing. Cyclists must come equipped with “fat tire” bicycles with wheels of at least 3.5 inches wide. Those without such a bicycle are welcome to take place in the simultaneous “duathalon”, with the bike leg replaced by a second course of running.

Racers will be divided into four divisions based on age and gender. The Balaclava Blitz will start on Julie Drive the morning of February 18, with participants running down Blakely Avenue before reaching Bayside Park. Participants are asked to register ahead of time.

The Blitz is sponsored by the Colchester Parks and Recreation’s Department. Local athletic events such as this often use print advertising such as brochures, flyers and poster printing to spread the word. This is certainly the case for this race, with a poster that features a man in a green balaclava proclaiming the news.