Black Mountain hosts John Roderick Marathon


RUMFORD — Black Mountain Ski Resort will host an event that gives skiers the opportunity to either race or take a tour of the slope’s trails.

The John Roderick Marathon is scheduled for Feb. 10.

It was created by the Chisholm Ski Club and named after the competitive skier who was a charter member for the club’s junior organization throughout the 1920s, according to marketing director Paige Carter.  Skiers will have a choice between competitively racing or taking a tour of the John Roderick trail system and Broomhall Stadium, she said.

“People who race can choose from the 5, 10, 15, 25 or 50 km races,” Carter said. “An award will be given to the best overall skiers after the races are done.  The tour session is leisurely, not competitive, but whoever participates gets a certificate saying that you signed up.”

The Chisholm Ski Club website states that volunteers will be placed at intersections throughout the slopes to assist racers and touring skiers.  There will also be a food station available in the Broomhall Stadium.

Carter said a pizza party will be held after the competition. The price will be included in the registration fees.

In other news, Black Mountain will host the Sassi Invitational, another cross-country ski competition, Saturday.

“This is one of our bigger competitions,” Carter said. “It’s not open to the public, but a lot of people usually show up to watch. We’ve gotten up to 400 competitors before from all around the state.”

The ski resort also will host Open Jam Night from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Last Run Pub.

“For those three hours, anybody can come up and play some songs,” Carter said. “Sometimes, we have Pete Koch come and play music, but it’ll be an open jam session.”

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