You might be pleased to learn that the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club hosted its Kachemak Ski Marathon this past Saturday at Lookout Mountain Ski Trails. Three events were scheduled for the day: a 13.7 kilometer tour, a 21 kilometer race, and a 42 kilometer race. The events began and ended in Schwiesow Stadium beneath a bluebird sky. Skiers rallied for these events from Homer and the surrounding area, as well as from communities throughout the road system in Alaska. A few even listed addresses in the Lower 48. Seventy-two people of all ages participated, almost half from outside the Homer area. Many remarked that it was the best skiing they had seen all year, anywhere.
Such an event would not have been possible without the good fortune of having a three and half foot snowpack this year, or without a great hosting organization like the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club, with its many sponsors and host of volunteers. Because of the generosity of sponsors and anonymous donors, we were able to pay for fuel for our grooming machines, provide delicious food and beverages for an economical price at the awards ceremony, and hand out nice door prizes to all who attended. Because of the knowledge and dedication of the volunteers, we were able to design and execute a highly competitive and challenging series of races. Many thanks to all who took part in this wonderful event.
Deland Anderson, marathon coordinator
Kachemak Nordic Ski Club