Racers of all ages and costumes take off from the start of on of the Alley Loop Nordic races on Elk Avenue in Crested Butte, Colorado, on Feb. 2, 2019. The Alley Loop is a serious American Birkebeiner Qualifying race but it has a less serious side. In Crested Butte any event is an excuse for a costume and party. (Dean Krakel, Special to The Colorado Sun)

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