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Title:Inaugural XC Ski "Fun Race" in Park Ridge, Illinois
Date:Saturday January 24th, 2009
Author:Park Ridge Speed Skating Club
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Inaugural XC Ski "Fun Race" in Park Ridge, Illinois

Eager skiers blended with curious onlookers in this urban setting for the inaugural Cross Country Skiing "Fun Race" in Park Ridge, IL.

Born the idea of Peter Block, winter renaissance man, this first time event was sponsored by the Park Ridge Park District, with assistance from the Park Ridge Speed Skating Club. The course was a half mile loop carved into the deep snowpack covering Centennial Park. Adults completed four laps for a two mile race, children went once around for a half mile race. Peter, President of the Park Ridge Speed Skating Club served as race director.

Frigid weather conditions, 4 F with 5-10 mph nw winds and blue skies challenged participants, officials and spectators to stay in motion. Afterwards refreshments and awards were available for all in the warm shelter of the nearby senior center.

As observed by RD Peter Block, "How often do you have a two-time figure skating Olympian (David Santee,
1976, 1980) counting laps and giving skiers the bell on their last lap?"

Watch for this race to become an annual event!

Click the "Photos" tab (above) for pictures by Frank Donato and others who've contributed.



XC Ski "Fun Race"
Park Ridge, Illinois
14-Jan-2009
Miles
1 Yvonne Walker
(Children's Division)
 
16:27
1 Michael Pellikan 2 16:51
2 Bill Thom 2 19:32
3 Gary Martin 2 24:14
4 Christine Chambers 2 26:02
5 Patrick Walker
2 29:57
DNF Elizabeth Walker 1
DNS Mary Kelleher
DNS Michael Kelleher

Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
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Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009
Park Ridge XC Fun Race : Park Ridge, IL : Saturday January 24, 2009

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Last Update:January 26th, 2009 12:45 pm
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