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Buena Vista Snowjourn set for Jan. 12

A group takes off at the start of the 38th Annual Buena Vista Snowjourn on May 3 at Buena Vista Ski Area. (Pioneer file photo)

BEMIDJI—The 39th annual Buena Vista Snowjourn, Bemidji's oldest ski race, is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, on the west side Buena Vista trails.

The Snowjourn will feature a 12-kilometer classical and skate race along with a variable distance tour of up to 12 kilometers. The cut-across points on the west side trails create tour distances of 4, 7 or 12 kilometers, a press release from Buena Vista said. The event will also feature a 5-kilometer middle school (grades 6-8) freestyle race.

Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in the 12-kilometer skate and classical races as well as for traditional wood and woolen skiers. The top 10 female and male middle school finishers will be recognized. Drawings for door prizes will also be held.

The awards ceremony will begin with the presentation of the annual Johnson-Jarvi Snowjourn award to an individual selected for demonstrating long term support and commitment of cross country skiing in the Bemidji area, the release said.

Race registration opens at 9 a.m., followed by the race and tour start at 10 a.m. Hot food will be served at the awards ceremony after the races in the Hall of Fame building.

Cost to participate in the 12-kilometer race and tour is $20 per individual or $55 for a family of three or more. The 5-kilometer middle school race cost is $5.

Buena Vista is located 12 miles north of Bemidji on County Road 15. For more information, contact Buena Vista Ski Area at (218) 243-2231.