The New England Ski Museum reports that the first nordic ski marathon on record was held in Huseby Norway 121 years ago, and one year ago began planning for a nordic marathon of its own.

That event will be called the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon at [R288R, Mount Washington Resort], and will be held Saturday, March 14, 2009.

A nordic ski marathon is 50 kilometers long, and the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon racers will make two circuits of a 25K loop at the [R78R, Bretton Woods] Nordic Center.

In the original nordic marathon in Norway Feb. 7, 1888, Torjus Hemmestveit won with a time of over four hours. According to Roland Huntford's recent book, Two Planks and a Passion, the race was notable for the introduction of lightweight, tight-fitting clothing, and for the use of two ski poles by some forward-thinking competitors, rather than the traditional single staff.

Registration is $60 by Feb. 21, and $70 by March 7, the last day to register.

The Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon is being presented by CNL Lifestyle Co. LLC, an affiiate of the real estate investment trust that has moved onto the New England ski scene in a big way. CNL is a financial partner of Celebration Associates, owner and developer of Mount Washington Resort, and recently became title sponor of the New England Ski Museum event.