Ski the Beach was a Success

The Ski the Beach Race: A Memorial Race for Erin K. Johnson was held on February 25th.  It was a huge success with 230 people registering for the race.  The Chugiak- Eagle River Nordic Ski Club members said it was the largest Ski the Beach Race that they could remember.  Even though the race was a fun, free community race, all donations were given to the Erin K. Johnson Memorial Fund.  Donations were close to $5,000!  We can't thank the Chugiak Eagle River Nordic Ski Club enough for sponsoring the race and for all of the volunteers who helped it be successful.  The weather was perfect with fresh snow and sunshine.  We want to believe Erin was there in spirit, with everyone.  Fun was had by all.  The winners came away with a pineapple or mango, certificate, and a free beverage card from Jitters.  The winners of the kids races also received free ice cream at Coldstone Creamery in Eagle River.  First place adults for the 15 and 7.5 km races won $20 gift certificates to Skinny Raven.  Other raffle prizes were given out from Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking, REI, and Barney's Sports Chalet.  We are very appreciative of all of the local businesses who donated prizes for the race!