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Marine O'Brien Ski Race Jan. 27

The Saint Croix Valley Ski Club will host its annual Marine O'Brien Cross-Country Ski Race on Sunday, Jan. 27, at William O'Brien State Park, located north of Marine on St. Croix, Minn. All proceeds from the race benefit the St. Croix Valley Ski Club youth skiing program.

The club raises funds through three adult races of varying distances, and children's races through age 13. Honoring the history of the race, organizers are also hosting a wooden ski race.

Registration participants can register online through Jan. 24, 2019, at marineobrien.com/. Day-of registration and packet pickup opens at 9 a.m. and will close 30 minutes prior to race start. The first 100 registrants for the 25 km and 12.5 km races will receive a custom Ski MO race hat.

The top three places in the 12.5 and 25 km skate and classical races, male and female, will receive an artisan crafted mug and a custom "woodal" (wooden medal) to commemorate their victory. The adult and children's awards ceremony will take place immediately following the races. All adult racers are eligible to win prizes donated by local businesses via raffle.

More information visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarineObrienSki/.

Bob Burrows

Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.

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