Online registrations are now being accepted for the 2017 Buckwheat Ski Classic, held at the Log Cabin Ski Trails north of Skagway on Saturday, March 25.
The event saw a record 449 skiers in 2016, and organizers expect another big race this year. “Oh, the Places You’ll Ski” is theme for the race, including Dr. Seuss-themed shirts and aid station.
The race serves as a fundraiser for the Log Cabin Ski Society, which maintains the ski trails throughout the winter.
The society was formed in 2012 to continue the ski race, which was founded by Buckwheat Donahue, and to keep the trails maintained for the benefit of all users.
The Buckwheat race will have 50k, 25k and 10k classic cross-country ski races, as well as a 5k kids race.
Bib pickup and late registration are on March 23 in Whitehorse at Sport Yukon, and March 24 in Skagway at AB Hall. Start times are as follows: 50k, 10 a.m.; 25k, 10:15 a.m.; 10k, 10:30 a.m. The kids race begins at 11:30 a.m.
Following the race, an awards dinner will be held at the Skagway Recreation Center, as well as music in downtown Skagway.
Volunteers are also being sought. To volunteer for the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Skagway residents are encouraged to get out on the ski trails, where conditions are the best in years, according to the Log Cabin Ski Society website. LCSS volunteers Stephanie Ryan and Aric Baldwin will be there Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. to give tips to skiers young and old.