PINKHAM NOTCH-The 7 annual Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-a-Thon, held last weekend at Great Glen Trails, raised $3,716 for the ALS Foundation. Held each March since 2008, the Nordic ski event is held fondly in Carl Johnson's memory, who lost his courageous battle to ALS in 2006.
The FUNdraiser, as it has become known at Great Glen Trails, gives anyone who participates a chance to ski as many Nordic laps as they like, while raising money for the ALS Foundation. Prizes awarded this year were to Steve Piotrow for the most laps completed; Christine Fleming for the most money raised; and Jen Simon for the loudest and wackiest ski tights of the day.
"It was a beautiful sunny day, a perfect way to remember Carl." Explained Carl's wife, Christine Fleming. "The warm spring air brought his love for wearing silly tights and his fun-loving spirit was also felt that afternoon. The Ski-a-Thon is always a good way to honor his wish to find a cure for ALS. He always gave his time to help scientists do studies with him and research as much as they could. He was definitely watching over us that day."
Raffle items were also generously donated to help raise funds. Two wooden bowls hand-turned by local artist and Great Glen Trails AmbassadorEd Good and a vase hand-crafted by local Olympian Sean Doherty were raffled off. The wood burls were harvested from a property shared by both the Doherty's and Carl and Christine.
"Whether in the timing shack for Nordic Meisters, volunteering for one of our many events, or just lending a helping hand, Carl was well-known here at Great Glen Trails." Explained Howie Wemyss, Great Glen Trails General Manager. "This ski event is held in his memory - and as he would have liked, it's all about fun."
Online donations are still welcome through December 14, 2014. The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease on every front and builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. Additional information about ALS can be found on the ALS Association website www.alsa.org.
Located at the base of Mt. Washington, Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is a year-round destination for outdoor and fitness enthusiasts. Winter offerings include cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and the one-of-a-kind SnowCoach. Mountain biking, paddling, Nordic walking and trail running are popular in summer. For more information, visit www.GreatGlenTrails.com or call 603-466-2333.
he colorful start of the 7th annual Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-A-Thon (Photo: Meg Skidmore-Great Glen Trails)