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Event lets ladies take to the trails

She Can Ski

Posted: Friday, February 02, 2007

 

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  Two young participants nibble cookies and warm up near a fire between events. File photo by Joseph Robertia

At left, a gaggle of costumed gals leave the starting line of last year's She Can Ski event at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School.

File photo by Joseph Robertia

Hey ladies, get funky.

That’s what organizers are hoping women will do for the third annual “She Can Ski” event Sunday at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School.

“It’s going to be so much fun,” said organizer Robin Nyce.

The event invites Kenai Peninsula women skiers of all ages and abilities — from beginners to experienced races — to share in the fun of Nordic skiing in a friendly, noncompetitive environment.

“Last year we had between 70 and 80 women and we’re hoping for even more this year. We want women to get out and have a good time together,” Nyce said.

There are two events, both 5 kilometers in length. This first is classic skiing at 11:30 a.m. and the second is skate skiing at 12:30 p.m.

“It’ll be a mass start so more competitive women can go out faster and more leisurely people can follow,” she said.

As in past years, participants can ski as individuals or with a partner, such as a mother, daughter, sister, aunt or niece.

“We’ll also have a new group category for three or more people skiing together,” Nyce said.

 

Two young participants nibble cookies and warm up near a fire between events.

File photo by Joseph Robertia

As always, costumes are highly encouraged for all participants.

“It great when people get really creative. Last year we had women come as cows, dogs, one woman came as a tube of tooth paste,” Nyce said.

Nyce said those in costumes will be included in a drawing for the best of the donated prizes.

Preregistration for the ski event takes place from 4:30-7 p.m. at Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna and there will be opportunities to have skis waxed by the Skyview Ski Team. Registration also will take place at Skyview High School at 10:30 a.m. on race day.

There is a recommended donation of $25 to participate and all proceeds from the event go to benefit the LeeShore Center (formerly known as the Women’s Resource and Crisis Center) and the Tsalteshi Trails Association, according to Nyce.

The LeeShore Center provides 24-hour shelter services and operates a Batterers’ Intervention Program, Transitional Living Center and two child care programs.

For more information on the event, call Brenda at 398-4938 or Robin at 283-9202.

Joseph Robertia can be reached at joseph.robertia@ peninsulaclarion.com.



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