Barnelopet kids race at YMCA Saturday |

Barnelopet kids race at YMCA Saturday

Jan Hodne, Gunnar Hodne, 12, Lois Hodne, Bridger Hodne, 10, in front, Teagan Hodne, 6.
Photo Courtesy of Gerry Hodne |

Barnelopet means kids race and the Sons of Norway of Grand County and other Colorado lodges will host the Barnelopet race on Saturday, Feb. 20 at the YMCA of the Rockies in Granby. Kids from ages 0 to 16 are invited to this non-competitive ski event modeled after similar ski events in Norway. Gerry Hodne, of Denver, and her family have participated in this race for over 12 years. Her son Gunnar, now 12 years old, started competing in the race in a chariot. Then when she had her second son it became a double chariot.

“The chariot has had a lost of use,” she said.

She pulled her kids as babies, and now, at 6, 10 and 12 they finish the 5K on their own. “It’s fun to watch and a great way to introduce kids to the sport. If you can walk you can ski the course.” Hodne said.

Kids can sign up for 1K, 2.5K, or 5K. All skiers finish as winners in this free event open to boys and girls of all skill levels. Parents, grandparents and other spectators can line up at the finish banner to cheer the skiers on with cowbells and flags. All skiers receive a gold medal. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and day of race registration is allowed. The Barnelopet Race begins at 11:30 a.m. Rentals are available through Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center.

After the race, skiers and their families are invited to a Barnelopet reception as the host lodges will serve Norwegian Hot Dogs, hot chocolate and other treats at no charge.

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