Saturday, October 29, 2011

XC into Nordic!

Wow, what a season it's been! Friends hosted our first XC meet ever on the island yesterday, with extra steps and precautions required by the state. Also participating in the meet were teams from Memorial MS (South Portland), Greely, and Southern Maine Catholic, plus one fifth grader from South Portland.

Huge thanks to XC families, who came to the island for a pre-meet trail clean-up on Saturday and also helped out at the meet itself. Whoever knew that handing kids popsicle sticks could be so stressful? The team celebrated the end of their season with pizza and a movie.

We are all so grateful to John Marble and Pete Curtis for working with the team all season in all kinds of weather. Whatever magic it is they have that gets fifteen middle schoolers out running their hearts out around our beautiful island day after day, I want some!

A reminder that the fun can continue: There is still time to sign up (grades 6 - 8) for Portland Nordic ski team. Formal practices (in a very informal way) start December 1st. There will be informal practices twice a week starting this coming week. That snowstorm is coming just in time... Find Maya, Four, or Moriah for more info about the team.