By Jenelle Syverson
Special to The PREVIEW
It is back. The Anything Goes Downhill Sled Race is back on for this year’s WinterFest on Feb. 6. Registration starts at 2 p.m. and the race starts at 2:30 p.m.,so start brainstorming and building or come see for yourself how fun community creativity can be.
From past experience, it can easily be said to not be surprised to see a canoe, a satellite dish, wagon, toilet or other creative “sled” fly down Reservoir Hill. A few rules, of course. All entries must be homemade. No unmodified, store-bought sleds or skis. Speed is important — entertainment is critical. All entries must be controllable and brakes are required. An event representative will have final authority over the safety of all entries. Each entry will make three runs and the fastest average run wins. Prizes will be awarded to the three fastest entries, as well as the most creative/best decorated, the best crash and a new category this year, “Gone” Green for the best use of recycled materials.
This is definitely a spectator event as the crowd cheers on the participants as the homemade concoctions fly — and crash — down the hill. For the brave at heart, entry forms for the race are available at The Choke Cherry Tree, Old West Press, Coyote Moon Bar and Grill, and the Chamber. There is a nominal $5 fee if you preregister by Feb. 5 or $10 at the event.
Hot drinks will be provided by the Pagosa D.I. Nerds. The D.I. stands for Destination Imagination, which is a competition group focusing on problem solving, critical thinking, and STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math). The Nerds have been together for nine years and this is their final season together since three of the four are graduating this year. They have placed in the top 10 at globals and the top 20 twice.
With great snow this year, this is an event not to miss. Businesses are highly encouraged to make an entry, as well as families, groups and individuals. You don’t have to be young — just young at heart. Join in for a great time.