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Derby Racers Promote Healthy Lifestyle to Students Submitted: 01/17/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

EAGLE RIVER - Hard work and dedication will make you a winner.

That's the message snowcross racers want kids to hear.

Derby racers visited Northland Pines High School and Middle School today.

The kids went wild.

Ross Martin is a snowcross racer.

This is his first time speaking with students.

"It's pretty amazing how excited they are to meet us." said Martin.

"A few of them seen us race on the track, but never really get to talk to us with our helmets off and see who we are as a person."

But that's the not the only reason the racers were there.

Jessie Bortolotti is the director of food services at Northland Pines District.

She wants student to know success starts at the table.

"It was really important for the kids to see that if you want to be successful and you want to make it into professional sports," said Bortolotti.

"Really anything in life, you really need to follow a good healthy diet, excise and have a good routine. Be positive. Be confident about yourself. You can be someone who wins the next championship."

This is the first time the district had racers speak with students.

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