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Thrill of victory - agony of defeat: Ironton Winter Bar Stool Races

Competitors such as team Woodtick Inn (right) and team Spalding race (and someti1 / 5
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Competitors such as team Crosby Bar race (and sometimes crash) on modified bar s3 / 5
Competitors race downhill on modified bar stools Saturday during the first Iront4 / 5
Competitors race downhill on modified bar stools Saturday during the first Iront5 / 5
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Brainerd Dispatch
Thrill of victory - agony of defeat: Ironton Winter Bar Stool Races
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

While the eyes of the sporting world are on the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a smaller, but talented group of lesser-known athletes were practicing and honing their as yet, non-olympian sport - Winter Bar Stool Racing - in the quaint native village of Ironton, in north-central Minnesota.

Each racing bar stool, hand-crafted to exacting specifications, each athlete finally tuned to superb racing competitiveness - willing to risk it all for their chance to experience the thrill of victory, or the agony of defeat!

The human drama of athletic competition featured in a charity event to raise money for the Sno-Serpent Snowmobile Club.

View 167 exciting photos in our slideshow, click here.

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