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Great Ski Race coming Sunday

Sun Staff reports

The 33rd annual Great Ski Race is just around the corner.Scheduled for Sunday, March 1, the event serves as the main fundraiser for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team, a non-profit all volunteer organization that puts on the race with the help of volunteers from the community. Registration is quick and simple, and can be found at http://www.thegreatskirace.com.Online registration will close on Thursday at 9 p.m. After that, participants must register in person on Friday between noon and 5 p.m., Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or Sunday (race day) until 8:30 a.m. at the Tahoe Cross Country ski area.The Great Ski Race remains one of the largest Nordic events west of the Mississippi River, with 1,032 racers competing in 2008. The race has grown from 60 racers in 1977 to more than 600 racers in 1985 and more than 800 racers in 2001. In 2005, all records were broken with 1,109 registered racers and 1,029 finishers.The race covers 30 kilometers beginning at the Tahoe Cross Country Center in Tahoe City and ending at the Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee.Cost is $45, or $65 if registering on race day. The entry fee buys a pre-race package, a five-color T-shirt, refreshments and a hot lunch at the finish, a chance to win one of numerous prizes, and live music and dancing at the finish. Race proceeds are used primarily to purchase equipment for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team and to support winter survival and avalanche education programs sponsored and conducted by the team. Like every year, the team needs help from volunteers from the community to help put on the race. Anyone interesting in volunteering to help out may contact team member Chris McConnell at 546-4235 or mcspeed@gmail.com.And, of course, donations above and beyond these amounts to the Tahoe Nordic Search andamp; Rescue Team are always appreciated. (All donations are tax-deductible; non-profit tax ID #94-2737988.) All race fees are non-refundable. The team is beginning a fundraising effort to replace the Team Truck, which has many miles on it, as well as to purchase a hauling vehicle that will be able to tow the teams snowcat.For more information, contact Pam at 546-7393 or visit the races Web site at http://www.thegreatskirace.com.

Conceived in 1976, the Tahoe Nordic Search andamp; Rescue Team has more than 100 members who fulfill many different functions in the organization, such as rescuing lost alpine and cross-country skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers, locating downed aircraft, rescuing stranded hikers and climbers, educating the public about mountain safety, and more. Tahoe Nordic Search andamp; Rescue is always looking for new members. For those interested, the team holds a meeting on the first Monday of each month at Granlibakken Resort starting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.


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