Long-time Bearskin guests all fondly remember Dee Peterson, a very special person who was the face of Bearskin Lodge for many years. Dee passed away in 2008 after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. http://bearskin.wordpress.com/2008/06/25/a-life-well-lived/
Last fall, when a group in Cook County began planning a kick off race for Cook County’s Volks Ski Fest, the group wondered if there was a worthy cause that the race could support. Dee’s family has participated in fundraising efforts for pancreatic cancer (see http://bearskin.wordpress.com/2008/09/03/team-dee-plus as well as http://bearskin.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/team-dee-plus-rides-again), so Bob suggested that perhaps this race could also raise some funds for pancreatic cancer research. The group agreed.
Volks Ski 400 Kick Off Ski Day will be held Saturday, January 23, 2010. Register yourself or a team in advance and choose a segment of any of the 400 km of trails in Cook County to ski. The goal is to have skiers on every kilometer of trail on that day! This is not a race or competition, just a day to kick off Volks Ski Fest and raise money to fight Pancreatic Cancer. Donations will be accepted for Pancreatic Cancer Research at trail check-in areas. A Volks Ski 400 pin is your gift for your donation. Dress in purple to show your support. (Can’t be here to ski? You can still send a donation and receive a pin. )
We’re not expecting a huge turn-out for this race. It’s a first year event. But if you are part of the Volks Ski 400, you will be skiing to support an important cause. You can ski fast or slow, a long distance or just a little bit of the trail. You can ski the Central Gunflint Trail system or any of the other wonderful trail systems here in Cook County. You can ski for Dee, or for any of the 42,000 individuals diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this past year.
The Volks Ski Fest will continue from January 23rd – January 31st, with activities for skiers and snowshoers of all ages. Volks Ski Fest is a fun, laid back, skiing and snowshoeing festival for the whole family. All week-long, all over Cook County, MN, lodges and resorts will be sponsoring events to help everyone get out to enjoy the 400 hundred kilometers of professionally groomed, beautiful northwoods trails that make the Cook County area such a unique cross country ski and snowshoe destination.