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2nd annual YooperBeiner a success


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Young YooperBeiner racers, from left, Jamie Harma, Amelia Harma and Mackenzie Backman line up for the kids race at the Wolverine Nordic Trails Saturday morning. All children received a participant award.

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP – The Aspirus Grand View hospital held its second annual YooperBeiner Snowshoe Race and Tour Saturday morning at the Wolverine Nordic trails.

This year's race was the first sanctioned by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association. It is also part of the Braveheart Snowshoe Race Series.

A kids race plus a 5K and 10K race were held. The 5K ran the length of the ski trails only and the 10K ran the length of the ski trails along with the snowshoe trail.

"We usually get around 77 people," said race director Susan Spuete, "We've got about that this year, but only a few kids because of the weather."

Jim Graupmer of Lake Elmo, Minn. participated in the 10K. "I was very excited about Ironwood having a race," he said.

Another racer, Michael McPherson of Ironwood, participated in the snowshoe race for the first time Saturday. "I thought it'd be fun," he said.

Chalet activities included refreshments and door prizes, including a pair of hobby wheel snowshoes and a single trail pass.

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