Mariners hope to turn skied kilometers into cash

Despite continually disappointing snow conditions, the Mariner ski team is putting their faith in the recent cold weather and a communal wish for snow. Their “skiathon” team fundraiser has been scheduled for Saturday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Similar to the Kachemak Swim Club’s “swimathon,” the skiers will collect pledges from family and friends at a per-kilometer rate, earning more money for their team the farther they ski. 

The team has dealt with several cancelations and setbacks this season due to the dismal snowfall, but continues to be hopeful that a big dump of snow is just around the corner. 

This year the Mariners’ “skiathon” fundraiser will be held in tandem with the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club’s annual “Ski Your Age” event. The event is open to the public, and aims to encourage skiers young and old to challenge themselves by skiing the same number of kilometers as their age.

Due to current conditions, the location of the two events is yet to be determined. The Mariners encourage the community to check the “Mariner Nordic Ski Team” and the “Kachemak Nordic Ski Club” Facebook pages for updates. 

To augment the funds raised during their “skiathon,” the Mariners also are raffling off a gear package with a $900 value, donated by Ulmer’s. 

The winnings include a set of Madshus hypersonic carbon skate or backcountry skis, bindings, boots, poles and ski stand. Tickets are $10, and can be bought from the raffle coordinator, Amy Russell, by calling 399-3636. 

The drawing will be Feb. 17. 

Lindsay Olsen is a freelance writer who lives in Homer.