'Stumptown Birkie': Skiers in downtown Portland

'Stumptown Birkie': Skiers in downtown Portland

'Stumptown Birkie': Skiers in downtown Portland

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by Frank Mungeam

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Posted on February 7, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 8:15 PM

PORTLAND, Ore.-- More than 40 cross country skiers gathered in front of Powell's Bookstore on Friday, Feb. 7 to participate in the 'Stumptown Birkebeiner' along a 2.5-mile route through Portland's Pearl District and northwest neighborhoods.

The impromptu ski tour was Win Goodbody's idea. He and a half-dozen friends did the same thing back in December 2008. The idea, he said, is when enough snow falls in the city, to gather and enjoy getting around on skinny skis. 

There hasn't been much snow in Portland since the last event, but social media has come a long way. Just in the past day, Goodbody started a twitter account, and along with his website http://stumptownbirkebeiner.org/, word spread fast. 

Dozens of skiers, some wearing their actual race bibs from America's most famous ski race, the American Birkebeiner in Wisconsin, gathered at Powell's. 

Surprised drivers seemed happy to yield the side streets in the Pearl, and amused pedestrians scrambled to pull out cell phones to snap a picture before the skiers passed by. 

Photo Gallery: Stumptown Birkebeiner 

After the 30-minute tour, Goodbody was thrilled, and hoping to do it all over again Saturday.

"The idea of the Stumptown Birkebeiner is, any time there's enough snow, meet at Powell's at 9 a.m.," he said. 

 

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