Women set to ski for a good cause

Activity raises money for shelter to fight domestic abuse, violence

Posted: Friday, February 03, 2006

Domestic violence is all too often ignored so a local fundraiser aims to bring to light this problem, and they’re doing it on a day purported to be one of the highest for violence against women - Super Bowl Sunday.

“We want to empower women to get out and be healthy, even if the men in their lives are busy doing something else,” said Leslie Boyd, one of the organizers of the “She Can Ski” event.

Now in its second year, the event invites Kenai Peninsula women of all ages and abilities — from beginners to experienced races — to share in the fun of Nordic skiing in a friendly, non-competitive environment.

All proceeds from the event go to benefit the LeeShore Center (formerly known as the Women’s Crisis and Resource Center) and the Tsalteshi Trails Association, according to Boyd.

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

Preregistration for the ski event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna. Registration also will take place at Skyview High School at 10:30 a.m. on race day, although Boyd said the focus is on fun rather than competition.

“We prefer to think of it as an event because we just want to get women out there, but we will time the skiers so women could race if they want to,” Boyd said.

The event is 5 kilometers in length and features classic skiing at 11:30 a.m. and skate skiing at 12:30 p.m. Participants can ski as an individual or with a partner, such as a mother, daughter, sister, aunt or niece.

Boyd said “festive attire” is encouraged but not required, just like last year when several of the 54 participants dressed up.

“It was a lot of fun. A lot of women came as cows for some reason. There were also a couple of hula dancers, a witch or two and a dog,” Boyd said.

Anchorage has a similar event for women on the same day called the “Alaska Ski for Women,” but Boyd said this local event not only provides an activity for women who can’t travel to the big city, but also contributes to supporting a local cause.

There is a recommended donation of $25 to participate. Free refreshments and a blazing fire will also be available for women to enjoy.

For more information call Leslie at 398-3113 or Brenda at 283-6122.

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