They're off! Parents accompany children during the 2011 Barneløpet, a non-competitive family ski event at Maasto Hiihto Trails in Hancock. (Keweenaw Now file photo)
HANCOCK -- The fifth annual Barneløpet, a fun ski event for children ages 3-17, will take place Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Maasto Hiihto ski trails in Hancock. Registration is at 1 p.m. at the Hancock Chalet, north of the Houghton County Arena, on Birch Street in Hancock. Skiing, by ages, begins at 2 p.m. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available at the Chalet.
Young skiers of all ages attended last year's successful Barneløpet event. (Keweenaw Now file photo)*
The Sons of Norway Ulseth Lodge and the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club sponsor this non-competitive family ski event. Skiers who register and finish will receive a large enameled color medal. Volunteers are needed to bring baked goods, help with the race, and inside the Chalet for this 5th Annual event. Contact the Stordahls at 492-0292 if you can help or if you need more information.
During the 2011 Barneløpet, Sons of Norway volunteer Eileen Stordahl prepares the medals to be given to all who finish the non-competitive ski event. (Keweenaw Now file photo)
Click here for a registration form for the 2012 Barneløpet on the Sons of Norway Web site.
The registration form is also available here on the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club Web site.
More Sons of Norway events:
All are welcome to attend the Norwegian Book Club meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1100 College Ave, Houghton. The group will be discussing the February book, Cod, by Mark Kurlansky. You can find it, or order it, at North Wind Books in Hancock or at other book stores on line.
Volunteers are needed to bring cookies in advance of the Barnebirkie race, to be held Thursday, Feb 23, near Hayward, Wis. This is a race for over 1,000 children during the famous annual Birkebeiner cross country ski race in nearby Hayward/Cable. It is a tribute to the original Birkebeiner ski marathon in Norway to save the infant future King of Norway in 1206. The Sons of Norway, District 5, sponsors the cookie tent at the children's race. The local Ulseth Lodge is asked to send cookies to give to the children as they finish the race.
If you can donate some cookies to this event, please package your cookies in a box or ice cream bucket (not wrapped individually) and label the container Ulseth Lodge cookies and the amount of cookies enclosed (Nancy Imm has containers you can use). Bring the cookies to the kitchen of Gloria Dei Lutheran church in Hancock by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, and place them in the refrigerator. Local member Nancy Imm volunteers at the race and will deliver the cookies again this year.
*Editor's Note: Click here to see more photos in Keweenaw Now's slide show of last year's Barneløpet.