Stowe Reporter
December 30, 2009

In celebration of the sport, the museum presents a 2.5-kilometer classic cross-country ski race on vintage equipment and in vintage clothing.

Racers must compete on wooden skis with three-pin bindings and appropriate boots; vintage clothing is optional. Bamboo poles, wooden skis and leather boots will be available, but racers are encouraged to bring their own equipment.

Registration begins Jan. 10 at 9:30 a.m. at the Trapps ski center, and the race starts at 10:30. Registration is $25 and includes the race, awards ceremony, and a day trail pass.

Registration is also available by calling the museum on race day and online at www.skireg.com. The first 25 registrants will receive a pair of Darn Tough Vermont cross-country socks.

For any racer who would like to lunch at Trapp Family Lodge, the lodge will donate a portion of the proceeds to the museum.

Olympians Bob Gray and Larry Damon will be racing. Gray competed on the 1968 and 1972 Olympic teams and Damon competed on the 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968 teams. Last year, Gray just edged Olympian Marc Gilbertson for first place.

Thanks to the sponsors — Trapp Family Lodge, Katherine Washburn Ceramics, Darn Tough Socks and World Cup Supply — all the registration money goes to the museum to support its efforts to collect, preserve and celebrate Vermont's skiing history. Information and registration: 253-9911, extension 202.

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