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Grand Lake Classic back as the Foxy Freestyle

The last day in February is set for the return of Nordic racing to Grand Lake.

On Saturday, Feb. 28, the Foxy Freestyle Nordic Race will be held at the Grand Lake Nordic Center. The Foxy Freestyle is a re-imagining of the no longer operational Grand Lake Classic, which was held for 25 years at the Grand Lake Nordic Center before being discontinued in 2007.

The Foxy Freestyle is being staged by the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), and all proceeds from the event will go to the organization. It is being billed as a family friendly event with a 15K freestyle race, a 5K intermediate/adaptive race and a 2K children’s race. The race is open to all people.

Nordic Development Coach for the NSCD Competition Center Sean Scholl said, “We are bringing it back to basics.” Scholl is helping to coordinate the race and bring back the traditional event.

Scholl explained the race was renamed the Foxy Freestyle from the Grand Lake Classic to prevent any confusion or misconceptions stemming from the name. Organizers were worried that possible participants would think the race was for “classic” style cross-country skiing only.

Entry fees for the event are $18 per person or $40 for a family of four. Scholl said those fees are cheaper than many other open-to-the-public races and events in the county. Race organizers hope the lower entrance fees will encourage larger participation numbers.

Scholl, who runs the Nordic component of the NSCD’s competition center, described the event as a tune up race for other Nordic races being held in Grand County in the coming weeks.

Olympic athletes with the NSCD regularly train at the Grand Lake Nordic Center in preparation for competitions.

Registration for the Foxy Freestyle will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday at the Grand Lake Nordic Center with the kids race beginning at 10 a.m. and the other two races starting at 10:30 a.m. A homemade meal and awards ceremony will follow the event.

For more information about the Foxy Freestyle Nordic Race call 970-627-8008.


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