Powderhorn picked to host hunting fitness championship

The national championship of a competition testing the fitness of archery hunters is expected to come to Powderhorn Mountain Resort next summer.

The resort on Grand Mesa east of Grand Junction also will host a regional qualifying event.

The Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission joined with Powderhorn Mountain Resort in bringing Train to Hunt events to the area. The regional qualifier is set for June 24. The championship is set for July 8 and 9 and is expected to draw more than 150 participants as well as their families and spectators.

“Landing Train to Hunt regionals and national championships is a great accomplishment for our community,” said Jennifer Stoll, executive director of the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission. “This event is an example of how we can team up with local partners and national events to create something that is beneficial for all. It’s going to be an exciting summer.”

Sam Williams, general manager of Powderhorn Mountain Resort, said he’s pleased to host the Train to Hunt events. “We can offer a wide range of course options, from easy to extreme, that will be challenging for even the fittest athletes. And it allows us to host competitors from across the country at Powderhorn, bringing great exposure to the entire Grand Valley.”

Kenton Clairmont, founder of Train to Hunt, said he’s eager to bring the events to Powderhorn. “The resort has everything desired for an amazing competition, plus a surrounding community that is passionate about hunting and fitness.”

Train to Hunt promotes the improved performance of archery hunters through exercise programs, including seminars on fitness and nutrition. The organization also hosts challenges across the United States that test fitness and simulate the conditions hunters face in the field. Competitions include a challenge course, three-dimensional skill shoot and other tests that change from year to year. Participants compete in classifications for men, women, teams and a masters level.