|Photo Credit:Bob Neill|
Saturday, February 28th, Friends of Harriman and Harriman State Park hosted the Feathers ’n’ Fins Skiathon, an annual winter event for Harriman that supports the community, the park and its friends group. The intent of the skiathon is not to race, but an opportunity for people to set their own personal goals for fitness while supporting their local park and friends group. Last Saturday demonstrated that the community is there to support the cherished Harriman State Park of Idaho.
Greeted by a blue bird day of 28F with strong North Easterly winds registering at a -7F windchill, 39 people lined up at the start line head on with the blustery cold wind. People came from near and far to participate in the skiathon and support Friends of Harriman; Bozeman, Jackson Hole, Salt Lake City, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Rexburg, St.Anthony, Ashton and of course Island Park. With divisions of classic or skate skiing, and distances of 7K, 10K and 20 K, there are categories catering to a diversity of fitness levels. In addition, there is a 7K
Chariot division for those pulling children in their chariots. This division experienced two firsts, not only was Moria Dow from West Yellowstone Montana the first female recipient of a medal in this division she was also the first skate skier to participate in the chariot division. Way to GO Moira! Good on you! Moria walked away with a silver in the women's 7K skate and the women's chariot medal. Nate Sutton from Island Park took home the mens chariot medal in the mens 7K classic. He, his wife Greer, and 3 year old son Sullivan are new to cross country skiing and decided on a whim to come out and enjoy the day and support the event. This is what the skiathon is all about. First person to cross the finish line was Colter Ross, a junior from West Yellowstone who borrowed skate skis and flew through the finish with a time of 29 minutes and 40 seconds taking gold in the mens 10km skate. That boy is going places. Hot on his heels was Anne Jehle, also a junior from West Yellowstone and a veteran of the skiathon. She skied the women’s10km skate, and finished with a time of 31 minutes and 32 seconds, also taking gold - looks like someone else might be going places. No wonder Colter was flying so fast. Very impressive Anne, way to give Colter a push. A link to final times and placements are below. Thank you Idaho Falls Nordic Ski Patrol for not only sponsoring the handsome medals to such deserving participants, but also for providing support along the trail during the event. Thank you Harriman staff. Trail conditions were fantastic and courses well marked, not easy after a month of no snow and varying temperatures.
|Photo Credit: Bob Neill|
The entire community donated to the Feathers ’n’ Fins Skiathon and raffle through participation and donations; the kindness and support are greatly appreciated. Because of that support, Friends of Harriman had the most profitable fundraiser to date. Between registration fees and raffle tickets FHSP raised close to $3800! Thank you! Thank you!
|Photo Credit: Phillip Chavez|
A huge thank you to our sponsors, this would not be possible without you: Salomon, Patagonia, Mimi Matsuda, TroutHunter, Harriman, Henrys Fork Lodge, Sally & Bob Neill, Linda Summers, Bank of Idaho, Jim Kemp, Nancy & Bill Goodman, Lorene & Larry Parker, Island Park News, Jodi & Jon Stiehl,Buffalo Run Campground, Boondocks, Elk Creek, Connie’s Restaurant, Island Park Journal, Great Harvest Bread, Starbucks, Camas Creek Soaps, Mary Martin, Morning Glory Coffee, Anglers Lodge, Ponds Lodge, Cafe Sabor, Dave’s Jubilee, The Gusher, Bullwinkles, The Book Peddler, Buffalo Bar, Mountain Mayhem, Robins Roost,The Grind Espresso Bar, Mack’s Inn Resort, Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, Henrys Fork Foundation, Shell Station, Power Candy Company, Bren Dismuke, Subaru.
To see photos of the event check out FHSP's Facebook page. To keep in touch with Friends of Harriman and the projects we help support, visit our website at www.friendsofharriman.org.