Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 --- 9:15pm
From the young to the young at heart, many folks came out to Elver Park, Tuesday night, to race for number one and to defeat number one....the one degree temperature, that is.
"We just love it. We think this is the best year ever” says Greg Jones, Madison Nordic Ski Club Director.
Nearly 40 skiers, braved the cold and lack of light for the annual Madison Nordic Ski Club Elver Race Series, doing something not many can say they love.
"I love the extremes of getting really cold then getting really warm with a sauna or hot chocolate” says Madeline Uraneck, one of many who strapped up and layered up for the race.
The race includes a 5K and a 10K in classic and freestyle skiing for the young, old, women, men, experts and those who simply come out for the love of the sport.
"I'm still very slow. But, it's one of these unique situations where you can be last overall and first in your age group” Uraneck says with a laugh.
With temperatures hovering around zero, the question is, have do they stay warm and have fun at the same time?
"The coldest part is on the parking lot or at the start line” says Jones. “Skiing involves all the muscles, in the body, and that's very very aerobic.”
So it's definitely a great cardio workout, not to mention something that Uraneck may have nailed on the head.
"It's just a great way to make winter go fast” she says with a smile.
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