Nature Conservancy teams from Washington State and Canada engaged in friendly competition at this year’s Ski to Sea relay race based in Bellingham, WA at the end of May on the American Labour Day holiday weekend.
This annual race, a 100-year tradition includes seven legs: Cross-country ski, Downhill ski, Run, Road bike, Two-person canoe, Mountain bike and Sea kayak. The ‘not for the faint of heart’ race will take hundreds of eight-member teams through a gruelling 93 mile journey from snow-covered slopes near Mt. Baker to Puget Sound.
The legendary Ski to Sea Relay Race ~ the origins of the Ski to Sea Race date back to the original endurance race, the Mt Baker Marathon, first held in 1911.
Next year I’ll try to blog the event in time for us to support The Nature Conservancy’s conservation efforts.
‘YouTube video, “Sea to Ski 2012″ ~ Race information
~ CANADA VERSUS USA ~
‘When Conservation meets Competition’ Video HUMOUROUS QUIPS from the Washington program’s ‘Team Rotten’ video ~
“Canada’s going DOWN“
“Hey are you worried about the Canadians ~ all they do is eat poutine and play hockey”
“You can either be inside watching the Canucks lose or be out here training for Sea to Ski”
AND ‘back-at-chas’ from the Canadian program’s ‘The Average Joes’~
“Well we do live in the great white outdoors”
“We have to ski to pick up our groceries and fetch the mail”
“Bring it on Washington!” (as the guy gears up in cross-country ski equipment and leaves for work)
“C’est fantastique! – I think it’s great that our Americans are dragging themselves off the couch to struggle through this race ~ Bon Chance” ) translated
CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR’S WINNING TEAM ~
Ski to Sea web page ‘Results’ comment ~ “May 29th- Race officials have been working since race ended Sunday on correcting times. There was a timing machine malfunction. Our apologies to all the racers. Results are still UNOFFICIAL.”
I guess I’ll have to check the Ski to Sea web site periodically to see the result of our Canadian teams.
Links ~ nature.org/washington