Ironton Winter Bar Stool Races | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

About This Slideshow:

While the eyes of the sporting world are on the Olympics in Sochi, Russia - a smaller, talented group of lesser known athletes were practicing and honing their as yet, non-olympian sport - Downhill 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 their all for their chance to experiencing 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.

Photos for the Brainerd Dispatch by Kelly Humphrey.

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