COPPER HARBOR - As far as anyone knows, Monday's Calumet Invitational cross country meet will go down in the history books.
Oh, the times were pretty good, but this was the northernmost prep sporting event in Michigan High School Athletic Association history.
Dozens of runners took to the golf course at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge for an early-season test designed by KML general manager Dan Harri. Harri ran cross country for the Copper Kings in his youth and continued to run as he's established himself in the hospitality industry in places like Miami.
Keweenaw Mountain Lodge general manager Dan Harri leads Calumet’s Tara Kiilunen around a corner during Monday’s Calumet Invitational. Harri ran for the Copper Kings in high school. (DMG photo by Brandon Veale)
"I've run hundreds of races, including the Boston Marathon, and I think (the Lodge) is a perfect venue for an event like this," he said.
Harri didn't have any soreness at the end of the day Monday except for his throttle hand, as he led the field on a snaking circuit of the course's fairways from an all-terrain vehicle.
Speaking of all terrain, variety, both in terrain and elevation, was the defining characteristic of the five-kilometer layout.
"Uphill start and an uphill finish - a true cross country with mixed terrain," he said.
CHS athletic director Sean Jacques certainly thought the day went well.
"(Harri) offered, and I think he's done an outstanding job here," Jacques said.