AUBURN — The Lost Valley Racing Club held the 27th annual JP Parisien Memorial Race at Lost Valley on Sunday. More than 200 racers as young as 6 years old competed on the slalom course. The race is held in memory of Jean Paul Parisien, the brother of  Olympian and former U.S. Ski Team member Julie Parisien. Jean Paul Parisien was killed by a drunk driver in 1992. Julie Parisien grew up in Auburn and learned to ski at Lost Valley. She won three World Cup races during her career. The JP race has become a tradition on Super Bowl Sunday, pulling in young racers from across New England and Eastern Canada. 

Ski racers and their coaches inspect the course prior to the start of their second run on the 27th annual JP Parisien Memorial Race at Lost Valley in Auburn on Sunday. During inspection, racers follow their coaches slowly down the course to get an understanding of what to expect during the race. (Sun Journal photo by Daryn Slover)

Colby Smyth, 12, of Auburn gets a fist bump from race starter Jim Jackson during the annual JP Parisien Memorial Race at Lost Valley in Auburn on Sunday. Smyth, a sixth-grader at Fairview Elementary School, competes for the Lost Valley Racing Club. (Sun Journal photo by Daryn Slover)

Auburn Mayor Jason Levesque tries to embarrass his son Ethan by kissing him on the forehead after putting a third-place medal around his son’s neck during the JP Parisien Memorial Race awards ceremony at Lost Valley in Auburn on Sunday. Levesque presented the awards to the top three racers in each age category. Ethan Levesque is a student at Auburn Middle School. (Sun Journal photo by Daryn Slover)

Evan O’Donnell of Auburn cross-blocks a slalom gate during the JP Parisien Memorial Race at Lost Valley in Auburn on Sunday. O’Donnell is a student at Auburn Middle School and competes for the Lost Valley Racing Club. (Sun Journal photo by Daryn Slover)

Ski coach Karly Eretzian and chief of course Scott Berube reset the course to accommodate upper age groups during the annual JP Parisien Memorial Race at Lost Valley in Auburn on Sunday. (Sun Journal photo by Daryn Slover)

Sean Watson of Poland puts a medal on Natalie Brocke after the Saint Dominic Academy student placed second in the U16 female class of the JP Parisien Memorial Race at Lost Valley in Auburn on Sunday. (Sun Journal photo by Daryn Slover)

Kai Thistle of Auburn leaves the start of the annual JP Parisien Memorial Race at Lost Valley in Auburn on Sunday. Thistle is a sixth-grade student at Park Avenue Elementary School. (Sun Journal photo by Daryn Slover)

Auburn Middle School alpine ski coach Darcy Smyth gives Calvin Vincent, 11, of Auburn instructions before Vincent’s start at the annual JP Parisien Memorial Race at Lost Valley in Auburn on Sunday. Vincent is a student at Fairview Elementary School. (Sun Journal photo by Daryn Slover)

Max Brann of Auburn competes during the 27th annual JP Parisien Memorial Race at Lost Valley in Auburn on Sunday. Brann is an eighth-grader at Auburn Middle School.  (Sun Journal photo by Daryn Slover)

Parents take pictures during the JP Parisien Memorial Race awards ceremony at Lost Valley in Auburn on Sunday. (Sun Journal photo by Daryn Slover)


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