CARL JOHNSON MEMORIAL SKI-A-THON, ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR ALS, HOSTED BY GREAT GLEN TRAILS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH
Pinkham Notch NH – The Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-a-Thon to benefit the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Foundation will take place at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center on February 16th from 12:00 – 3 p.m. An entry fee of $20 will include a trail pass with 100% of the proceeds going to the Northern New England Chapter of the ALS Association.
The $20.00 registration fee also allows participants to ski as many, or as few, 5-kilometer laps as they like. Participants may also sign up for an online fundraising page, allowing them to collect pledges electronically to extend their fundraising reach. The event emphasizes having fun, and guests are invited to piece together their wackiest outfits (though it is not required), in homage to Carl’s fondness for colorful, wacky tights. More than $5,500.00 was raised in 2015 for the ALS Foundation.
“My husband Carl loved life and wanted to help everyone he met enjoy it to the fullest.” explained Christine Fleming. “Over the course of his life he had been a boxer, a naval underwater demolitions expert, a logger, a repo man, a machinist and a champion bicycle racer. He ran three marathons. He retired from repairing jet engines for Pratt & Whitney and moved to the Mt. Washington Valley to pursue more “fun” in work.” Fleming continued. “Whether patrolling the waters for the Saco River Recreation Council or the ski trails for first Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, and subsequently Great Glen Trails, Carl made sure people he met were safe and having fun in the outdoors. So it is a fitting tribute, that Great Glen Trails hosts this annual fundraiser in Carl’s memory.”
Prizes will be awarded on event day for the most laps completed and the highest amount pledged. As always, the participant with the loudest and wackiest tights will also win a prize. There is also a benefit raffle, which features (3) wood-turned vessels, made by master craftsman and Great Glen Trails Ambassador Ed Good, Olympic biathlete Sean Doherty, and local triathlete and Great Glen Trails Social Media Director Meghan Skidmore; the material for the wood-turned items, is harvested from the property shared by Christine & the Doherty family. The raffle will also feature a quilt, donated to our event from the Northern New England ALS Chapter. All proceeds will benefit the NNE ALS Association; tickets are 3 for $5.
“Carl was a good friend and co-worker at Great Glen for many years.” explained Howie Wemyss, Great Glen Trails General Manager. “Full of fun, just the right outlook on life and very active, Carl was a wonderful role model for many. He was, for years, the friendly volunteer timer for our weekly Nordic Meisters cross country race series. This ski event is held in his memory – and as he would have liked, it’s all about fun.”
The Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-A-Thon will take place on Tuesday, February 16th, from 12:00-3:00 p.m.; registration will be from 9:00-11:00am. For additional details and to register online, visit the Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-A-Thon page or call (603) 466-2333.