24 Hours of Telemark Ski Race Ends After 10-Year Run

Cable, WI – The closing of Wisconsin’s Telemark Resort in Cable has forced organizers to abandon the 24 Hours of Telemark ski race after a decade-long run.nThe race, which had been scheduled for Jan. 8-9, was dropped from the calendar as the lodge’s closure eliminated a venue for participants to go indoors to warm up and regroup. Officials also cited competing January ski events across the Midwest in announcing their decision.

The event, which drew approximately 250 participants last winter, was cited as the nation’s first 24-hour cross-country ski race when it was launched in 2001.

The association representing owners of Telemark Lodge closed the building in May after efforts to sell the lodge and property collapsed. This past weekend, they voted to surrender the property to creditors in a “friendly foreclosure”. The resort has failed to earn a profit in the past 11 years.

Five condominiums continue to operate separately on the property. They are not subject to the foreclosure proceedings.

Organizers of the popular American Birkebeiner cross country ski race, scheduled for Telemark Resort in February, are continuing plans to hold their event. Registration for the race been moved to the nearby Hayward Middle School.

Information from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel www.jsonline.com

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