Barnelopet

Children participate in the Barnelopet.

Get outside and enjoy the winter at Barneløpet, a non-competitive ski or walk event for the community’s youngest skiers, ages 3-13. The collaborative Vesterheim Museum and Sons of Norway event will be held at the Decorah Community Prairie on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. Skiers must provide their own skis.

Barneløpet is open to children of all skill levels and is a great event for the entire family. “When you complete the course, you’ll be awarded a medal and served hot chocolate and homemade cookies as you warm yourself by the fire,” Darlene Fossum-Martin, event organizer, said.

Pronounced “BAR-nuh-lop-it” it is Norwegian for “kids race” and Sons of Norway lodges all over the country sponsor Barnelopet events.

It is modeled after the Barnebirke, a children’s cross-county ski race held each year as a part of the world-famous American Birkebeiner in Hayward, Wisconsin.

Barneløpet, in Decorah, has been held annually for 18 years to encourage kids and families to enjoy our winter snow season.

The Decorah Community Prairie is accessed by car at the south end of Ohio Street, near Aase Haugen Homes. The trail will be in a loop, with the start and finish at the site of the butterfly garden.

For more information about Barneløpet contact Vesterheim at (563) 382-9681.

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Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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