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Mayor Coleman takes on Crashed Ice course – and crashes

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St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is nothing if not gutsy.

For the fourth year in a row, he skated down a portion of the Red Bull Crashed Ice race course in downtown St. Paul. And he took a tumble on his run Wednesday, as these photos illustrate:

Coleman got up quickly and had a good laugh, seemingly no worse for wear.

Here's video of his skating run.

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"This is absolutely stupid and crazy to do," he acknowledged to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, "but it's a lot of fun."

Coleman had a GoPro camera attached to his helmet. Here's some of the footage he recorded:

Several other city officials and state legislators joined him on the track Wednesday. Coleman's son, Aidan, was supposed to skate, too, but ironically, he broke his ankle on Monday while trying to catch a bus.

The Crashed Ice competition, now in its fourth year in St. Paul, features local and international skaters who race down an ice-covered obstacle course.

Here's a look at the track's layout:

Qualifying runs for the competitors begin Thursday night, and races will take place Friday and Saturday.

Last year, the three-day event drew 150,000 people to the course near the St. Paul Cathedral.

The event reportedly brings a huge economic boost to St. Paul – approaching $20 million – as visitors spend money at local restaurants, hotels, bars and other businesses.

The Pioneer Press has a visitors guide for the competition, which includes a schedule of events, parking and shuttle bus information.

The Red Bull Crashed Ice site has more.

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