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Whaleback Nordic Ski Club putting out challenge to participants in Snowy Owl Classic

Luke Dunphy of host Whaleback Nordic Ski Club makes his way to a first place finish and is seen here a short distance from the finish line in the Snowy Owl Classic 8.5 km race in Stephenville on Saturday.
Luke Dunphy of host Whaleback Nordic Ski Club makes his way to a first place finish and is seen here a short distance from the finish line in the Snowy Owl Classic 8.5 km race in Stephenville last year. - Frank Gale

Break 50 in the 50th.

That’s the goal for the Whaleback Nordic Ski Club when it comes to this year’s Snowy Owl Classic — the 29th edition in what is the 50th anniversary of the Stephenville nordic ski park.

Since 1989, this 8.5-kilometre tour around the scenic Snowy Owl trail section has been focused on fun, fitness and participation with a friendly rivalry encouraged among the participating teams with the proceeds going to the Newfoundland and Labrador Heart and Stroke Foundation.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, the challenge has been issued for participating teams to “Break 50” by signing up more than 50 participants each.

The Snowy Owl Cup will be awarded to the team with the highest total number of centimetres accumulated from the total length of the team member’s ski.

Ski time doesn’t count – it is the length of the ski from tip to tail that will make a difference so the more members on the team the better chances of winning the Cup.

Teams competing for the Cup are the Humber Hummers (anyone from anywhere east and north of Bay St. George), the Stephenville Snow Jets and the Kippens Kapers.

The Snowy Owl Classic, featuring a mass start, will get underway Saturday 11 a.m. at the Whaleback Nordic ski Club. For more information contact Doug Fowlow at 643-9540.

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