For Immediate Release
November 10, 2019

Turtle River Pursuit Adds 5k Tour

Mercer, WI–MECCA Ski Club announces that the Turtle River Pursuit Cross Country Ski event will include a shorter race. The Claire d’Loon 5k Classic Tour will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 following the first leg of the Pursuit Race.

The Turtle River Pursuit is scheduled for the weekend of February 15th and 16th, 2020 at MECCA Trails in Mercer, Wisconsin. The cross country skiing community suggested the Club add a shorter community race for recreational skiers, families, and kids. The Claire d’ Loon 5K Classic Tour, designed by Trail Boss, Gary Mears, is routed through MECCA Trails’ forests with both start and finish lines at the MECCA chalet. Racers are timed and awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female racers. Registration is available online and on paper at The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for skiers 15 & under.

The two-day Pursuit race combines cross-country skiing techniques, classic and freestyle, into one combined timed event. The first leg of the Pursuit, an 11K classic race, will be on Saturday. The second leg, an 11K freestyle race, on Sunday. Saturday’s results determine the skier’s starting time on Sunday, the first skier across the line on Sunday is the overall winner. Awards will be given to the top three male and female individuals, as well as the top three teams. Age-group winners will also receive awards.

The early-bird fee for the Pursuit is $50 for individuals, $25 for students, $90 for teams, and $45 for student teams. After December 31, fees increase. Online registration and downloadable forms are now available at

The Turtle River Pursuit is presented by MECCA Ski Club in collaboration with the Gogebic Range Health Foundation as a fundraising event. Proceeds will be used for trail enhancement and expansion, as well as community outreach programs.

For information on registration, cost, activities, and times, please visit , email: [email protected]
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