Cardinals run, and roller ski on Northdale before homecoming parade

The first Cardinal Mile Time Trial and Roller Ski Exhibition Mile raced and rolled down Northdale Boulevard the evening of Sept. 25.

The event, hosted by Coon Rapids High School boys’ cross country team, served to promote long-distance running and Nordic skiing programs at the high school.

The out-and-back course followed the Cardinals’ Homecoming parade route from the high school to Crocus Street and back.

The $5 entry fee was collected as a fund-raiser for the boys’ cross country team. However, students enrolled at any of the Coon Rapids elementary schools could run for free and were coached and guided along the way by current members of the high school’s cross country team.

The top three males and top three females in each event won medals.

The Cardinals Homecoming parade immediately followed the run and roller ski event.

Uniformed and ready for action, teammates and rivals make their way toward the football field, ready to battle it out in the annual Powder Puff football game. Photos by Sue Austreng Dozens of runners of all ages sprint down Northdale Boulevard, racing against time in the first Cardinal Mile Time Trial. Covering the one-mile route on roller skis, members of the Coon Rapids High School Nordic ski team roll toward the finish line as the sun sets behind them. The roller ski exhibition mile helped to introduce prospective skiers to the sport. The mighty Cardinal chokes a helpless Bengal as football parents and boosters ride down the boulevard during the Homecoming parade. Coon Rapids High School Homecoming King and Queen Tanner Liubakka and Lindsey Esch greet members of Cardinal Nation as they promenade down Northdale Boulevard during the Sept. 25 Homecoming parade. Cardinal cheerleaders ride atop a Coon Rapids Fire Department ladder truck and cheer for a Homecoming victory. Marching Cardinals play a victory song and lead the crowd in a Cardinal cheer. Coon Rapids Snowflake Days Senior Queen Jeannie Wolfgram wraps her arms around Rockee the Raccoon as the Homecoming parade comes to an end.
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Covering the one-mile route on roller skis, members of the Coon Rapids High School Nordic ski team roll toward the finish line as the sun sets behind them. The roller ski exhibition mile helped to introduce prospective skiers to the sport.

Sue Austreng is at [email protected]