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Marine/O'Brien Race Good to Go for Sunday, January 29th

I found this announcement on Facebook and thought I'd pass it on.  This race is home field advantage for CyclovaXC, I hope to see a lot of you out there!

We are excited to announce the 41st Annual Marine/O'Brien Ski Race will be held on natural snow at William O'Brien Park in Marine on St. Croix on Sunday January 29th. The snow that fell Monday morning was packed on Tuesday and set up well overnight. We skied the entire course on Tuesday and Wednesday AM and are very pleased with the additional 1 inch top coat that fell this morning.

Randy has done an excellent job making sure the snow is groomed and packed. It will set up even more with temps in the low 30s during the day and teens and 20s at night the next couple of days.

If we don't get anymore snow the race will not include the "Hardwood Hills Trail" loop (the 1st steep climb). The "Prairie Overlook" loop is in question and we will make a decision on this closer to race day. We'll likely use a 10km loop vs the normal 12km full loop around the park. We are recommending you use "B skis" for the race because it is possible that you will hit something. We didn't hit anything today but it just takes one nick on an "A ski" to bum you out. We know people have been chomping at the bit to get onto some beautiful trails and William O'Brien Park definitely fits the bill (see photos on SkinnySki.com) We have posted course photos there on the William O'Brien Park trails update page. Race distance will be as close to original race plan as possible.

To have the best course conditions possible we are asking anyone skiing at the park now until race day to take a sled or tarp and snow shovel and get as much snow onto the following points on the course:
Pine trees by campground
Railroad Tunnel
Railroad crossing on both sides but not directly on the RR tracks
We have 100 stainless steel water bottles to give away to volunteers who takes a picture of themselves and their friends putting snow on the course in these locations. Just show us the picture on race day in the Visitor Center. If you are skiing and notice debris or a need on the course to add snow please stop and take action.

On-line race registration is open until Midnight on Friday January 27th link
Day of registration open until 30 minutes prior to each race.

Free collectors hats to first 200 adults registered.
Free collectors bibs to first 50 wood ski race registrations
Ribbons, cookies, and hot chocolate for kids race participants.

Wood Ski Race Wax clinic at Bikery Du Nord in Marine on St. Croix, Mn Saturday night 6-7pm hosted by Bjorn of Out There Nordic Sports come by and learn from a pro how to prep your wood skis. Eat wood fired pizza at Olive's Restaurant after the clinic.

After the race on Sunday "BOGO at the Brookside" Bar and Grill in Marine on St. Croix. By one beer get one free just show your race bib.

Please support all the local businesses on race day. These business are what helps make Marine on St. Croix such as vibrant community.

Thanks to our generous sponsors over $4000 of merchandise will be given out as awards and prizes on race day.

Out There Nordic Sports, 45 Degrees, FruitShare.com, Yocum Oil, Finn/Sisu, Joe's Sporting Goods, Gear West, OSI, Cub Foods, Kowalski's, St. Croix Orthopedic, Dunn Brothers, Bikery, River Moon Coffee, Lakeview Hospital, Podiumwear, Fast Wax, Gear West, Cyclova, Marine Bank, Brookside Bar and Grill, Olive's Pizza, Marine General Store, Bikery Du Nord, Hoigaards, Power Bar, Race ID, Ride and Glide Bike and Ski Club, St. Croix Valley Ski Club, Chilkoot Bike Club, Skinnyski.com

Huge thank you to William O'Brien State Park for all they do to make the park a great place to ski.

Here's the CyclovaXC trail report on William O'Brien State Park.

Here's a map of how to get there from CyclovaXC in St. Croix Falls!

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