February 29, 2016
(Jasper, AB) – 414 alpine ski racers ages 4 to 11 converged at Marmot Basin to take part in this year’s exciting 2 day Jasper Junior Olympics – the largest race of it’s kind in North America!
Day one saw racers compete individually on 2 different courses over 2 runs for a coveted JJO Cow Bell.
Sunday’s competition was a dual slalom team event. “Having the team component makes the Sunday kind of a fun day, and it really builds on some of that team spirit with the club so I think most of the kids enjoy it. And it ends earlier too, so they can get a little bit of free skiing in,” says former chief of race Dave Clarke.
2016 marked the third year of a “Dream Team” course on Schoolhouse run. It is the domain of the 4 and 5 year old racers and is a fun introduction to the sport of ski racing.
The race is the culmination of a season of racing for athletes in the “North Zone” which encompasses clubs from as far South as Red Deer and North to communities like Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie and Cold Lake.
“The whole community for all of the north zone really does pitch in to make this event successful. We have involvement with people in Edmonton, people in Jasper, as far as the different clubs, they pull all their resources together to make it a successful event,” Clarke says.
Everyone works hard to make this event successful year after year. A big thanks goes out to the Race Organizing committee and the over 200 Volunteers that are essential to making sure this race goes off without a hitch!
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