Host society making manual for holding Arctic Winter Games

Games plans

Posted: Friday, October 07, 2005

Arctic Winter Games planners are nearly done with a detailed plan for the Games and soon will begin to implement it, said Games General Manager Tim Dillon at Tuesday’s Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

One of the legacies the Kenai Peninsula will leave from the Games is a detailed operations manual that will tell future hosts of the Games how to organize the event, Dillon said.

No detailed plans on how to organize the event currently exists, he said.

“I think it’s going to be a real testament to this community,” he said about the manual.

The Arctic Winter Games is a circumpolar sporting event, bringing together athletes from seven northern countries for a week of athletic competition and cultural sharing. The event will make its first visit to the peninsula in March.

Dillon said when a community starts planning the Games, they receive some basic guidelines highlighting minimum standards for the event. The manual, more than 500 pages so far, will give details on how to plan each part of the event, he said. For example, it will tell what menus were used and how many Band-Aids were needed.

Even though future Games will take place in different locations, much of the planning is the same so information in the manual will still be applicable, Dillon said.

While the Kenai Peninsula will have visible legacy projects, such as the manual and a hockey rink in Homer, he said there will be a much more lasting legacy left behind: a spirit of volunteering.

“Legacy is not just bricks and mortar,” he said.

Dillon said participation from volunteers is creating a spirit in the community that will last beyond the Games. Nonprofit organizations on the peninsula need to be ready to handle all the people who want to continue volunteering, he said.

A draft of the Arctic Winter Games operation manual can be viewed on the Web at

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