March 19, 2011
Salt Lake City’s Carl Kjeldsberg pumps his fists as he crosses the finish line. At 72 years old, he easily won his age catagory in the 45-kilometer division of the North Routt Coureur des Bois on Saturday. He said the race and the surrounding atmosphere reminded him of his native Norway.
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There were Olympians and surprise champions, great college skiers and superb locals. There was a Norwegian from Utah, a rower from Oklahoma and a New Yorker whose training regimen was built largely around ultimate Frisbee. They and the more than 200 other racers who finished Saturday’s marathon of a Nordic ski race, the seventh annual North Routt Coureur des Bois, were the champions.