MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 11, 2013) -
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The Canadian Ski Marathon (CSM), the oldest and longest cross country event in North America, runs 160 km from Lachute to Gatineau. The trail is open once a year to 1500 skiers. For the past 47 years, in spite of some difficult weather conditions (freezing rain, lack of snow, rain) our marathon team has always risen to the challenges and the trail has always been ready in time for the event for all the participants. For example, after the ice storm in 1998, the CSM managed to clear most of the trail and to host a successful event. Fifteen years later, the Board of Directors has made the same commitment to the participants: the marathon will go ahead as planned!
This year our team is experiencing a huge challenge: too much snow, too soon, and mild temperatures! This mild weather has caused many trees to fall down and block the trail, which makes operating the machinery very difficult. The CSM is a not for profit organisation. It relies entirely on entrance fees and donations to cover costs and it has a very tight budget. Faced with an emergency situation, the maintenance crew has to finish clearing the trails and we need more financial help and extra equipment. It will cost an extra $35,000 to open up the trail. The CSM has contacted various levels of government in order to be able to run the 47th consecutive marathon on Feb. 9 and 10. With this amount of snow we will have a wonderful adventure once the trails are open and safe.
We already know that the Canadian Ski Marathon has a huge impact at the regional and national level: the participants come, often with their families, and spend two nights and two full days, filling up the hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts. There are 450 volunteers who also contribute to the local economy. Several local businesses offer their services to skiers and volunteers alike. Many international level skiers participate. The CSM welcomes public and private donations and is always looking out for volunteers. We invite media to communicate directly with our spokesperson Julie Boyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-.378-2428 or with the CSM office (to offer help and/or to become a volunteer): 650 Notre Dame, Montebello QC, J0V1L0, 1 877.770.6556.
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