As I think back of all the races that we have hosted in Rumford, it amazes me what the Chisholm Ski Club and Black Mountain Ski Area have done for the River Valley Area through volunteerism. This started in the early 1900’s with the facilities on Spruce Street in Rumford, moving on to Scotty’s Mountain on the edge of town after World War II, and then on to the Glover Farm and our current location at Black Mountain in 1960.
There is so much history with the club and ski area in the River Valley and we have held some incredible events over the last 90+years. In 1950 Rumford became famous world wide for successfully staging the World Cross Country Ski Championships on a 48-hour notice. In 1951, the tryouts for the US Cross Country Ski Team were held in Rumford. In addition to these major competitions, we have since hosted National Biathlon Championships, U.S. Masters Cross Country Skiing Championships, National Junior Olympics, Chevy Truck U.S. Nationals, NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, Chevy Truck US Cross Country Championships, USCSA National Championships, and most recently the 2011 and 2012 US Cross Country Ski Championships. The list goes on and on.
Chisholm Ski Club and Black Mountain Ski Resort are hosting the EHSC and U16 Nordic Qualifier Races on Saturday, February 28th. The purpose of the race is to select the teams to represent Maine at the 2015 NENSA U16 and Eastern High School Championships. Any athlete may enter the race, as long as they either attend a Maine High School or are Maine residents. The format will be a 5km Classic race in the morning, followed by a 5km FS Pursuit in the afternoon. The final pursuit results will be used to name the team.The top 21 U16 Boys and 21 U16 Girls will be named to the Maine U16 Nordic Team.
BECAUSE OF EXTREMELY HIGH WINDS AND FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR ATHLETES, THE JR SASSI 3K AND THE SASSI MEMORIAL 5K CLASSICAL THAT WERE SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 31ST WERE CANCELED. EFFORTS TO RESCHEDULE WILL BE MADE. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR MORE INFORMATION AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Maine Junior Ski League Class A
2015 Skiing Championships
The Farmington Area Boys and Girls Ski Teams each claimed 2015 Maine Junior Ski League Overall Championships during the Day 2 Competition at Black Mountain Ski Resort in Rumford on Saturday, February 14th. It was the boys nordic team, led by 3K Classical Gold Medalist Dominic Giampietro, who dominated the field to lead the Famington boys to victory.
NENSA EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 20, 21, 22, 2015
Chishholm Ski Club and Black Mountain Ski Resort will be hosting the 2015 New England Nordic Ski Associaltion's Eastern High School Championships in March. Top high school cross country skiers from the Northeast will be competing in this annual championship on Black Mountain's famed nordic ski trails. The three-day event will include freestyle, classical, sprint, and medley relay races.
Ryan Nicols and Natalie Bolduc won the men's and women's divisions of the Nate Gallant 5k Fun Run/Walk that was held in Rumford on Sunday, May 5th. All proceeds from the race, organized by Rumford resident and Rite-Aid employee Marie Gauvin and named after Meroby Elementary School 1st grader Nate Gallant, will be donated to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital in Portland. Over 200 people participated in the fund-raiser.
Nicols, a senior baseball player at Mountain Valley High School, finished the course, which started and finished at Hosmer Field Complex, in a time of 17:48. Nick Young crossed the finish line in second place with a time of 18:27, followed closely by Gunnar Bradbury and Shawn St. Cyr at 18:28. Zak Radcliffe was 5th at 19:08 and Craig Milledge finished 6th with a time of 19:49.
Sunday, February 8, 2015