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Plenty of participants for annual cross-country race

The annual Chocolate Marathon cross-country ski event for the Snow Valley Nordic Club was a success this year.

With 82 skiers on the Onion Lake trails, the annual Chocolate Marathon cross-country ski event for the Snow Valley Nordic Club was a success this year.

Skiers from Kitimat, Terrace and Smithers all came together for the race, Feb. 25.

This number is up from last year when 65 skiers took part in the event, which has been taking place for more than 35 years, says president of the club Elizabeth Thorne.

She said the event was enjoyed by all, with some newer skiers really pushing themselves to go farther on skis than they had before.

“The weather turned out to be beautiful, everyone had a really good time,” Thorne said.

The 40 km race started at 10 a.m. and the 30km, 15km, 10km and 5 km all started at 11.

After the race, participants enjoyed soup and a bun, along with baked goods for sale.

Thorne explained the race is called the Chocolate Marathon because everyone who crossed the finish line received a chocolate bar.

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