The first ski race of the year was held today in Caribou. The brutally cold temperatures didn't stop some winter enthusiasts from hitting the trails.
(Evan Graves):"Crazy and diehard that is what this sport is about. We are fortuate in Caribou to have the support for Nordic Skiing."
The racers were bundled up and ready to meet the challenge of the course and of the elements. The New Year's day race has been a tradition in the County for many years. First off it held in Westmanland and then after that race ended it was moved to Caribou for several year before being discontinued. The Northern Skiers Club helped to bring the race bac as a fundraiser for the Caribou Nordic Ski team.
Graves:"There used to be nordic race and a couple of years they didn't have enough snow and the weather didn't cooperate. Last year I decided to restart it. It is a good fund raiser for the Nordic team and a way to start the new year off right."
Vikings Coach Evan Graves says the support for Nordic Skiing in Caribou is exceptional
Graves:" The community support is great. From the volunteers to groom the trails to take care of things and help out. It takes a village to raise a child and this community is supporting that."
Jeff Dubis of Fort Kent was the race winner finishing in 17:16, Lydia Steinz was second and Evan Graves ended up third.