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Marcia Nelson skis every day at a park adjoining their home in Duluth. But she and Ken give up the peaceful solitude to race occasionally because it keeps them motivated, she said.
“The reason we do it is because it makes you practice,” she said. “It’s so easy to say, ‘Oh, not today.’ But if you know you have these races, which are long races, you have to get out and practice.”
Most events will start and end at a spot near Lake Calhoun.
Those who aren’t skiing the route can check out the snow sculptures, food trucks and a beer garden courtesy of Surly Brewing Co. While only registered participants can go on the lake during the event, after 9 p.m., anyone is free to see the luminaries on Lake of the Isles.
Emma Nelson is a University of Minnesota student reporter on assignment for the Star Tribune.
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