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Powder Keg 2021 begins Wednesday

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EAU CLAIRE (WQOW)- An annual Eau Claire winter event is finally set to begin in a virtual fashion after weeks of postponements.

The 2021 Powder Keg starts Wednesday at Lowes Creek County Park, with snowshoe, fat bike and cross-country ski courses opening for the week-long event.

Typically, the event consists of races in each discipline, but due to the pandemic, participants will be able to take the course on their own and record results online to win awards.

Organizers say it was important to hold the socially-distanced event as a way to get people outdoors, and get more to participate in general.

"It's not as nice as the in-person races, but in a way a lot of people like this format as well," said Steve Wood, president of the Chippewa Off Road Bike Association. "It allows more people to be involved because if they weren't able to be there on a specific day, they can choose any day during the week."

The event was originally supposed to start two weeks ago, but was postponed due to the frigid cold.

Powder Keg will run through Feb. 24, and you can learn more about how to sign up for free here.

Evan Hong

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