Ski for Sisu fundraiser a rousing success |

Ski for Sisu fundraiser a rousing success

Dear Editor:

This past Super Bowl Sunday was the 19th annual Mount Sopris Nordic Council Ski for Sisu skiathon. I would like to thank Steve Zeder of Bighorn Motors, Don Gerbaz of Berthod Motors and Richard Fuller of Alpine Bank Carbondale for their generous sponsorships and support of the Ski for Sisu trail grooming fundraiser. The economic climate is still difficult for most businesses and the Mount Sopris Nordic Council is honored that these gentleman and their auto dealerships along with Alpine Bank continue to support the Spring Gulch Trail System. So when you find yourself in the market for a new or used car, or banking services, please support them.

A last-minute addition to this year’s event was a silent auction sponsored by Penn Newhard of Backbone Media. Backbone Media donated all of the items in the auction. The funds raised were donated to Spring Gulch Trail grooming. On behalf of the Mount Sopris Nordic Council I would like to thank Penn and Rob of Backbone Media for their generous donation.

For those not familiar with the Spring Gulch Trail System, it is located 8 miles above Carbondale on County Road 108. We have 21 kilometers of groomed nordic trails through sage, pinon pine and aspen groves.

An event like this is not possible without a posse of volunteers for which I am most grateful. Thanks go out to: Gregor Koplas, George Tempest, Brad Zeigel, Dave Peckler, Bob Lucas, Elliot Norquist, Trip Sutro, Mark Chain, Wick Moses, Gayle Wells, Steve Skinner, Jack and Doris O’Neil, Steve Hessel, Pat Bingham and Berit Bjerke-Daniels. Thank you, all.

One-hundred and ten participants skied 1,678 kilometers (not kilometer years), which translates 1,040 miles. Not bad for five hours of skiing! Susy Ellison skied 50k followed by Laurie Guevara-Stone who skied 48 kilometers. Thirty-two skiers went 25K or more during this years event. Dr. Gregory Feinsinger put in a amazing 2587.5 kilometer years. What is a kilometer year? The skiers age multiplied by the distance traveled in kilometers. Congratulations to all are participants as the preliminary amounts raised appear to be on track to our goal of $5000.

Thank you to all of those who pledged, participated and to our sponsors.

Greg Fitzpatrick

Ski for Sisu coordinator

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