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Dan Smilkstein created one of the nation’s most challenging cross-country ski races in the North Routt Coureur des Bois, which will run for the sixth consecutive year today in North Routt County. Smilkstein cobbled together bits of his own wide endurance sporting background to make the race a unique experience. His methods seem to work, and once again the race will feature a record field.

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Coureur des Bois cross-country race made in Smilkstein’s vision

Dan Smilkstein designed the North Routt Coureur des Bois to be the pinnacle of cross-country ski endurance racing, pulling from his vast experience, ideas he’d seen that he liked and traits he wanted the event to have.

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