Tom Kendall and his wife Nancy. Submitted photo

RUMFORD —Black Mountain of Maine Ski Area and the Chisholm Ski Club will host the 2nd annual Tom Kendall Cross Country Ski Tour on Saturday March 12 at Black Mountain with the race starting at 12.30 pm. Participants can choose from a 3 or 5-kilometer course held on the historic cross country ski track, and they can either do classic or freestyle technique. All levels of skiers are welcome to the event. Tour fees are $10 for folks under 20 and $15 for those over 20. Race information can be found at Registration is the day of race at Race Headquarters.

Tom Kendall and his family were long time members of the Chisholm Ski Club. Tom started timing both cross country and alpine races many years ago. It was a family business right from the get-go, with his wife Nancy, and brothers and sisters helping at many events. In 2002, Tom served as the chief of timing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and he and his crews also timed the NCAA events and championships for many years. Well known around the country, Tom’s timing company still lives on today as Bart Timing.

A native of Auburn, Tom was a four-event skier and a good one, which gave him a good all-around knowledge of the ins and outs of ski racing. He was a member of several state and New England championship ski teams and went on to compete at Dartmouth College and was a 2015 inductee into the Maine Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.

His passion for racing and making sure the proper times were recorded for the athletes was intense. Always striving to do his best, Tom would be seen working well into the evening to get a start list ready for the next day’s events. So, come join the fun at Black Mountain on March 12 and ski a loop in memory of Tom!

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