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Story Last modified at 5:44 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sports Briefs

Ski-racing group opens to middle-schoolers

Alaska Nordic Racing, a cross-country ski training and competition club, is offering middle-school cross-country ski summer training. Training begins June 1 at Chugiak High and Mirror Lake Middle schools, and is open to incoming sixth- through eighth-graders.

Sessions are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday mornings through Aug. 4. The cost is $250, and scholarships are available.

Summer dryland training consists of trail running, ski-specific leg exercises, strength exercises, games and an introduction to rollerskiing. Athletes must have a helmet and a bright reflective shirt, jacket, or vest for all rollerskiing activities. Athletes must wear appropriate outdoor training clothing and be prepared for changing weather.

Registration, and medical/liability releases can be found on the ANR Web site,, or e-mail program coordinator Tina McPhetres at

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, May 4, 2011.