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Roller ski race coming to city streets

Thunder Bay will play host to the first ever roller ski race on July 1, bringing together athletes of all skill levels.
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File Photo: Angus Foster of NTDC completing a 50-km roller-ski up a mountain pass in Utah. Photo credit: Lisa Patterson. 

THUNDER BAY - There won’t be any snow, but cross-country skiers will be strapping on some wheels and taking to city streets.

The city of Thunder Bay will be hosting its first ever roller ski event. The Great Canadian Roller Ski Race will be taking place July 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. The course will take skiers down closed streets in Port Arthur, starting and finishing at the corner of Court Street and Van Norman Street.

The race is being hosted by the Lake Superior Nordic Association, Big Thunder Nordic, Lappe Nordic, and the National Team Development Centre.

The NTDC will also being running a high performance training camp in Thunder Bay during the event and high caliber athletes will be participating in the race. But all athletes are encouraged to register for the race. More information and how to register will be available early next week at www.zone4.ca. 

Organizers are also seeking volunteers to help with set up and course control during the race.