Voit Lassila Cross
Saima Park was the
scene on November 1st for the annual Voit Lassila 1.6 mile XC
races for the area Middle schools.
This race has previously been held at Cogshall Park in Fitchburg. The race director, Chris Woods decided to change the venue
from Cogshall Park to Saima Park because of the course. At Cogshall the running is done mostly on the roads, which
makes it more of a roadrace rather than a XC race.
Chris had some mixed feelings about the change because of the
long history of racing at Cogshall Park.
After the races at Saima, he was convinced that the right
decision was made.
At Saima Park, the
racers ran on grass, the track and along the ski trails. Chris originally indicated that there would be about 160 –
170 runners. A PLEASANT
surprise was in store for us. There
were 404 entries. This was
restricted because only 10 schools were invited.
I can well imagine that if more schools were invited that the
numbers would grow.
In addition to the large field of boys and girls
running, there was a good-sized contingent of parents on hand to cheer
Irene Kamila, and
June & Henry Flinkström served refreshment such as coffee
and coffee bread, Gatorade, Bottled Water, and Gatorade power bars.
We look forward to
a long association with the Voit Lassila Invitational races.
races are named for a local Finnish athlete by the name of Voitto
Lassila. He was a
pole-vaulter and an excellent gymnast, and was always trying to help
young people. He was in charge of all the athletics at the Reipas Athletic
Club when it was still active in the Raivaaja Building on Wallace
Avenue. He later was in
charge of gymnastics at B F Brown School in Fitchburg.
on the individual images below, to view a larger, more detailed
version of it.
to get that guy in front of me!
from Athletic Field on a short downhill
up towards the Athletic Field
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