Up North: Nordic Skiers Compete in Marshall Sprints

Chelsie Brown
Created: January 24, 2018 10:53 PM

Duluth, Minn. - It is a race that keeps skiiers quick on their feet. Only having 1 to 2.5 kilometers to determine a winner compared to a typical high school nordic ski race that stretches 5 kilometers.

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"What we try to do is give the high school kids, kind of like a world cup experience. a race like they might see on TV or happening in Europe, and a race they might see in the Olympics coming up this year," says Head Coach Dave Johnson.

Which is why it's called the Marshall Sprints. It is a race that tends to test the limits and stamina of skiers. especially as they weave their way through the woods. Skiers faced the 40 vertical climb of Sunbeam Hill.

"Usually you're just like ah, I'm dead. sometimes you can go anaerobic at the top of hills and that's not fun. you just gotta push through," says Riley Hutchinson of Duluth Marshall.

That is eventually greeted with a down hill slope.

"Races like this is going really fast for a short period of time so it's really different," says Zach Marshak of Duluth Marshall.

All that's left is rounding the final corner where the finish line is in plain sight.

"On top of it being a sprint course, it's also a very open course where spectators can see skiers circle around the Marshall School.

"I think the openess of this course it really what makes it beautiful and amazing to race with because for other people, I think it's really beneficial to know where you're going and being able to see it, says Soren Hedegaard of Duluth Marshall.

Making it feel as a spectator that you're with each skier every stride they take.

"I've heard one kid say, gosh I wish that I had more time to make up for the mistake I made. It goes fast and you have to be real quick and on your feet," said Johnson.

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Chelsie Brown

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