OK, the SuperTour Nordic race series may not be directly related to running, but it's one inspiring spectacle, I have to say. I spent the morning yesterday out at the Lake Creek Nordic area in Sun Valley watching the classic sprint finals (prelims, heats, and finals), and it was quite a show of grit, athleticism, and technical prowess. I stationed myself and my camera atop the final climb (Coaches' Climb) of the 1.8 k course and snapped away.
Check out the HD Vimeo slideshow (below) to see some great athletes in action and get a taste of how we snow-bound runners spend a good part of our winter. It's best viewed full screen. There's also a lower res version.
SuperTour Finals - Sprints 2011 (High Res) from Run Junkie on Vimeo.