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John Roderick Ski Marathon on tap
The John Roderick Ski Marathon will take place on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Black Mountain.
RUMFORD -- The John Roderick Ski Marathon will take place on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Black Mountain.
Participants for the citizens race and/or tour, sponsored by the Chisholm Ski Club and the mountain, can elect to race or tour 50, 25, 15, 10 or 5 kilometers on the John Roderick trail system and Broomhall Stadium.
There will be a recommended course for racing and four other courses to mix as desired to explore all the significant segments of the trail system. Each course will be approximately 5.3 kilometers long.
Each loop will pass through the stadium and by the lodge, where skiers can stop for refreshments and warm ups if desired. Hot chocolate will also be available out on the course in a central location. Performances will be recognized with awards, certificates and pizza in the afternoon.
Details for registration and schedule for the day are posted on the Chisholm Ski Club website by going to the calendar and clicking on the race date. For more information, contact Paul Jones at email@example.com.
Proceeds from the event will be shared with the local Youth Nordic Ski Program and the cost of publishing the "History of Chisholm Ski Club, a little club that does big things."
The event was named to honor John Roderick's dedication to the sport and his lifetime of participation and support.
As a teenager in the 1920's, he joined the CSC as a charter member of the junior organization, beginning a competitive career representing that club for 68 years.
Through his career, Roderick won at least 77 trophies, medals and bowls along with numerous citations, mostly in cross country, but prior to World War II, a number were in Nordic combined.
Hundreds of cross country skiers remember Roderick as the coach and mentor when they were kids learning the sport at the club.
Among those he worked with were Olympians Chummy Broomhall, Bob Pidacks, Jim Miller and Jack Lufkin. His service to other skiers and the sport through a lifetime has earned him a place in the Maine Ski Hall of Fame.