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Looking back: Spokane Langlauf proves nordic skiing is ageless sport

Lou Slak, 72, strides out in the 10-kilometer Spokane Langlauf cross-country ski race at Mount Spokane on Feb. 21, 2016.  Slak has seven grandkids, all of whom are expected to be on Team Grandman for Langlauf in 2017.
 (Rich Landers)
Lou Slak, 72, strides out in the 10-kilometer Spokane Langlauf cross-country ski race at Mount Spokane on Feb. 21, 2016. Slak has seven grandkids, all of whom are expected to be on Team Grandman for Langlauf in 2017. (Rich Landers)
Lou Slak, one of the fastest grandma's in town, has taught many Spokane-area winter goers the basics of cross-country skiing.
Her excellent form in Sunday's Spokane Langlauf says tons about her and the sport.
So does the finish-line rally in the same event at Mount Spokane for 5-year-old Annika Burns says it all (see second photo above). 
Cross-country skiing is among the most efficient and ageless ways of enjoying fun and fitness through winter.
Following are links of some of my past Langlauf coverage to help you savor the rich history the even has had in our region's nordic community.

Note:  Langlauf organizers got a bit confused on when the race debuted over the years, starting around 1998 when they were saying it was the 20th annual event.  While there were two notable races co-organized in the Spokane area in 1998 and 1999 (one at Downriver Golf Course) by current Langlauf director Tim Ray, the Langlauf debuted with that name in 1980.   This year, race organizers reset the calendar correctly by calling the 2016 event the 36th annual Spokane Langlauf.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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