Saturday, March 11, 2017 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Carl Johnson, a close friend to Great Glen Trails and a lover of all things skiing, passed away in 2006 of ALS. This event is held in his honor, and in his spirit, it’s all about fun!
Get your family and friends to pledge money based on how many laps of the 5-kilometer course you will ski. It’s a ski-a-thon.
Entry fee: $20, includes trail pass with all proceeds donated a beneficiary TBD. Prizes awarded for the most laps completed and highest amount pledged. As always, the event will feature a prize for the loudest & wackiest tights!
Online registration will be available mid winter.
The event will also feature a raffle for three handcrafted, wooden bowls made by Great Glen Trails Ambassador Ed Good, 2014 Olympic Biathlete Sean Doherty and Triathlete Meg Skidmore. The wood is harvested from property shared with Carl and the Doherty’s. Tickets are 3 for $5.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. Yet, through it all, for the vast majority of people, their minds remain unaffected. There are currently no treatments that fully reverse the affects of ALS nor is there a cure.
THE ALS ASSOCIATION
The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. Learn more about the ALS Association at www.alsanne.org.