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Eleven kids from first to seventh grade participated in the inaugural Madeline Island Mad Dash over the weekend. Organizers intend to make the event an annual winter outing. (Contributed photo)

On the heels of a long stretch of sub-zero weather, two new events on Madeline Island got people outside over the weekend and, just as important in a winter like this one, brought them together.

Saturday’s Madeline Island Mad Dash was coordinated by Sam Dobson as an unofficial pinnacle for the youth cross country ski program she’s been running this winter through the Bayfield School District.

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Megan Popp, wife of American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Executive Director Ben Popp, leads kids in some pre-race stretching. 

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