PINKHAM NOTCH, NH—The Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-a-Thon to benefit ALS will take place at Great Glen Trails on March 10th from 12-3 pm. Carl was the kind of person who always asked someone if they needed a hand, especially on a cross country ski trail…in fact, he was constantly on the lookout for a chance to help or someone to encourage. He was a well known fixture at Great Glen Trails, whether in the timing shack for Nordic Meisters or volunteering in some other way. Most importantly, he wanted to make it fun. Johnson is still remembered fondly at GGT, since the crippling disease ALS took his life in 2006
It is fitting tribute that Great Glen Trails will be hosting the Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-a-Thon on Saturday, March 10th. The FUNdraiser, as it’s called, will give anyone who participates a chance to ski as many laps as they feel like, while raising money for the ALS Foundation. The $20 registration fee includes a trail pass and all proceeds will go to ALS.
“The Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-a-Thon is our annual effort to raise money for ALS. Carl was a good friend and co-worker at Great Glen for many years. 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. We were devastated when Carl was diagnosed with ALS in 2005. This ski event is held in his memory – and as he would have liked, it’s all about fun. We’ll have a wacky tights competition, then ski as many laps on a 5km course as we can in 3 hours and enjoy food and drinks at the lodge following the ski,” explained Howie Wemyss, Great Glen Trails General Manager.
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 will also be an ALS Benefit raffle for two handcrafted wooden vessels made by Ed Good and one made by Sean Doherty. More than $2000 was raised in 2011 for the ALS Foundation.
“It really is wonderful seeing all these people come together to enjoy themselves and help raise money for a good cause at the same time. It has also been great getting all the help from Amy Kuzma, who used to work in the events department at Great Glen and now is with the ALS Foundation–Carl would have loved knowing that even though he’s gone, he’s still making a difference!” Fleming said.
The Carl Johnson Memorial Ski-a-Thon will take place on Saturday, March 10th from 12-3 pm. For more information or to register online click here, or call (603) 466-2333. Day of event registration will take place from 9-11 am.