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SISU Ski Fest set for Ironwood

IRONWOOD — The 11th annual SISU Ski Fest will be held this weekend in and around downtown Ironwood.

The two biggest events are the SISU 30-kilometer and Heikki Lunta 15K point-to-point cross country ski races on Saturday.

The festival beings Friday with the Depot Dash for children ages 10 and under, the festival expo and bib pickup.

The SISU and Heikki Lunta races originate on the ABR Trails and end downtown, going past bluffs, along the Montreal River, through former mining areas and past Hiawatha, the world’s tallest Native American statue. The course include hills and flat stretches, lots of woods and some open areas.

The noncompetitive Hauska Hiihto 5K Fun Ski follows the final part of the race course.

All participants are invited to Memorial Building for mojakka — Finnish stew — and pasties, an awards ceremony and door prize giveaways later Saturday. SISU winners earn $200 and a free entry into next year’s race, while Heikki Lunta and age group victors earn metal awards with the festival logo made by U.P. Fabricating of Negaunee.

Sunday’s events include the fat bike Try Out The Trails at the Snow Summit Road trailhead and a leisurely recovery ski at ABR or nearby Wolverine Ski Trails.

For more information, registration and details, visit the event’s website at www.sisuskifest.com or email race director Jackie Powers at racedirector@sisuskifest.com.

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