60 plus crowd are skiing for Golden Glory at this year’s 2011 Canadian Ski Marathon
year old men and women skiers have visualized this two day, 160 km
Canadian cross country ski tour and are ready to hit the CSM ski
trail this weekend.
who will strap on their skis with the aim of getting their Gold bar. If
you haven’t skied in the CSM before, to receive a Gold bar, you must
first complete the 160 km tour without sleeping overnight and without
carrying a backpack (bronze level). Once you get your bronze, you get
to go for silver which means you must carry a 10 lbs bag but you don’t
have to sleep overnight. Then, once you get the silver, you can go for
the gold: ski 160 kms (80 kms each day), carry a backpack (which will
contain all of your sleeping gear, cooking gear, food, change of
clothes), and sleep outside overnight at the Gold Camp.
Overall, Gold Coureurs des Bois registration is up 15% this year. A
significant point in itself but the really interesting point is that
10% of the 330 skiers are 60 years old or older. Two impressive
Canadians who will be attempting this year’s Gold CdB are Ms.
The CSM isn’t just a physical challenge; it is a personal and mental
one. This perhaps is where the 60 plus crowd has an advantage.
They know how to focus their minds, enjoy the benefit of each glide, and
the support and camaraderie of each other. With years of ski technique
under their belts, they seem to conserve energy and become a centred
point of balance on their skis.
When asked what the “160 km secret to success was” one gentleman simply
replied “badump…badump, badump…badump”…”plant your pole, glide,
plant the next one and glide. Don’t over-think it, just enjoy it!”
This veteran group carries more than their big backpacks. They carry
warm hearts, smiles and encouraging words.
“Way to go little guy! You can do it” was heard repeatedly as they
passed a little six year old skier on the course last year. He did do
it … he skied almost 50 kms, and in part, it was because of their
grace and welcoming inclusion into this great Canadian ski adventure.
This year, the CSM wishes to share a warm word of support back to every
Coureurs des Bois skier but in particular to the CdB Gold veterans who
have set such a wonderful example. Good luck and “you can do it”! This
year, you are ski bound for Golden Glory! ”See you at the finish line!”
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