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Nordic Club Embraces the Cold

SOLON, IA (CBS2/FOX28) While some of us dread the snow, it leaves others asking for more.

"It's been great just to get outside, said Jack Piper, while he enjoyed the snow with his son, Benjamin. I think we're like everyone else, just getting cabin fever."

Thats why Scott Duncan, Geoff Perrill, among others, created the Iowa City Nordic Club.

"Really just trying to get people outdoors and enjoy a beautiful day like today, said Perrill.

So far, its working.

"It's a huge community, said ICNC Member Lisa Deshano. It really is kind of like a family, which is really nice."

But the club is also looking to give back. To continue getting people outside, the club needs equipment to keep these trails in shape.

"So to actually produce a trail like this, it requires a groomer which is basically a sled behind a snowmobile that makes the texture or lays in the track for cross-country skiing, said Perrill.

The group is fundraising to meet their $7,500 goal. They hope to have the groomer by next winter. Theyll use it in their agreements theyre working out with local parks and even golf courses to stake out trails, and then groom them when the snow comes down, free of charge.

"When you get a crowd of people that are around and enthusiastic like you, it makes you want to work a little harder at it, said ICNC President Todd Gillihan.

Gillihan says that means advanced skiers can better train for competitions together and amateurs learn proper techniques early, all while having a bit of fun.

The club says they eventually want to raise much more money to organize events and buy more equipment. Right now, theyre funded through private donations and corporate sponsorships.
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