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Nearly 200 runners participated in the 35th North Superior Ski and Run Club race this past weekend

Aug 07, 2023 11:27AM ● By Content Editor

A warm Saturday morning brought excellent attendance from both spectators and racers. All photos by Tryg Solberg

By Tryg Solberg - Boreal Community Media - August 7, 2023

The North Superior Ski and Run Club hosted their 35th year of races at Pincushion Mountain Trails on Saturday morning as a part of Fisherman’s Picnic weekend of events. Nearly 200 participants ran in ¼ mile, 1-mile, 3 or 5-mile races on the mowed ski trails. Organizers were impressed with the above-typical attendance and hope for continued event growth in the future. 

Proceeds from the races go towards maintenance and grooming operations at Pincushion. The trails host multiple events and practices for the local high school ski team and a Minnesota Youth Ski League chapter every year. 

Chris O’Brien, the president of the ski and run club, talked about their hopes to raise money for a newer PistenBully snowcat groomer. Their 35-year-old groomer is starting to lose power on the steep climbs of the ski trails and it leads to lower quality trail conditions and additional time spent grooming. 

To fund the purchase, the club has organized a Ski Grooming Equipment Capital Campaign. They have completed over ⅔ of their goals to raise money for the purchase of a 2015 PistenBully groomer that costs about $200,000. With the ski season fast approaching, O’Brien is hoping to wrap up the campaign in the coming weeks. 

To contribute to the campaign for improved grooming conditions in the coming winters visit the link below: 

Results for Saturday’s Race:

 A warm Saturday morning brought excellent attendance from both spectators and racers

The start line of the kids 1/4 mile race around Pincushion's stadium loop

The mile race created a great mid-distance event for older kids in attendance

 One competitor happy to be done with his race

 Runners in the 3 mile and 5 mile events coming through Pincushion's stadium into the finish chute

North Superior Ski and Run Club's President Chris O'Brien after finishing the 5 mile race on the hilly ski-trail course

 These racers and fans were all smiles on race day

 The ski and run club's vintage PistenBully snowcat in need of replacement

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