Along for the Slide

Examine the photo and the clues we've provided below to pinpoint this location. Choose right and you could win a $100 BSA Supply Group gift card.

I drive in bumper-to-bumper traffic on Interstate 35 almost daily. But even the worst backup doesn’t come close to the congestion of cross-country skiers I’m in now. No complaints, though. The northern air is crisp (and smog-free), and I’m surrounded by 5,000 of my closest friends. This wintry rush hour beats the leggings off my typical commute.

I’ve been racing in this annual event for a while now. The competition can be fierce—some of the racers look like they’ve flown in straight from Norway—but I’m just here for the sense of accomplishment I get when I cross the finish line and hear the cheers.

Getting to the end is no easy task, mind you. We’re racing on one of the most difficult courses in the world—a winding and hilly traverse that’s over 31 miles long. The course’s highest point is some 400 feet above the elevation at the starting line. That’ll get the heart rate up.

If you’re not ready for the main event, though, shorter races are available. But first you’ll need to know: Where Am I?

The entry period has ended. The correct answer was the American Birkebeiner in Wisconsin. We took the 819 correct responses and randomly selected one winner: Hugo Petters from Bay-Lakes Council. Congratulations, Hugo!

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