Updated Jan. 31, 2013

While this will be the last weekly KickZone eNewsletter for the season, we want to keep you informed through the off-season, so will continue to send a KickZone the first Wednesday of each month - and more often if there is Nordic news to share. Over the course of April, you'll be hearing from us regularly as we work toward a successful Annual Fund Campaign to close out the year. It has been an epic winter; one that gave us as much to cheer for as it did snow to play in. Remember to thank your coach, your club leader, and your favorite venue for everything they do to make our winters great. Lastly, if you had as much fun this season as we did, and believe in the work being done here at NENSA, please consider a donation to our Annual Fund campaign.

I'll see you out there,

Zach Stegeman | Executive Director
New England Nordic Ski Association


Notes from the Field:

Gallagher Cup Award for NENSA EasternCup Series Champions is a Craftsbury Green Team Sweep
At the conclusion of the 2014 season, NENSA began awarding the Gallagher Cup to the champions of the season-long EasternCup series. "The Eastern Cup circuit is New England's, and one of the nation’s, premier race series and we feel the competition and community behind the series speak to Mike Gallagher's legacy as an athlete, coach, and community leader," said NENSA executive director, Zach Stegeman. "We thank the Gallagher family for supporting us in our approach to honoring Mike's legacy for NENSA." The 2015 Gallagher Cup award goes to Craftsbury Green Racing Project teammates Kaitlynn Miller and Gordon Vermeer. Read on, and hear from Vermeer, Miller, and GRP Coach Miloucheva, here.

Robin Ellison U16 Championship Scholarship Awarded
The Robin Ellison Scholarship Fund has been awarded to one male and one female U16 Championship skier from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. Robin Ellison worked as a counselor at Rutland City Schools and Woodstock Union High School. He coached cross-country ski teams at Woodstock, Lebanon, and Hanover High Schools. He was a mentor and source of inspiration for many young people through his work and coaching. Robin was passionate and dedicated to his athletes and was honored with this scholarship fund. As a friend said about Robin, it is "in memory of a wonderful man who changed the lives of countless young people. Robin left us far too soon."

NENSA Receives Major Gift to Launch 2015 Annual Fund Campaign
While NENSA moves into a new era, where the foundation we set translates to success that is shining brighter than ever, we need your support more than ever. Without a lead sponsor and with our dedication to keeping the price of participation minimal, NENSA relies on a successful Annual Fund Campaign to continue the programming that is the foundation of our success. With a $5,000 gift from a generous foundation we are off to a fast start, but have just one month to reach our goal. Be a part of a fast start - Donate Today!

Sugarloaf Ski Marathon Caps 2015 NENSA New England Marathon Series
This year’s Sugarloaf Marathon doubled, as it traditionally does, as the final event of NENSA’s New England Marathon Series. As part of the New England Marathon Series, Sugarloaf’s long course race can qualify athletes for the Swix Marathon Challenge Award. This season saw a brave corps of masters racers brave the record-setting winter to complete the Swix Marathon Challenge. Click ihere to read more and to see the Swix Marathon Challenge award winners list.

Six U.S. Women Make Year-End Red Groups, a Record High

From FasterSkier: Nine North American cross country skiers have finished the season ranked in the top 30 overall of the FIS World Cup for either distance or sprint racing. Combined with points from World Championships, which are not counted in overall World Cup rankings, that equates to all nine making the “Red Group”, a FIS designation meaning that their travel and living costs will be paid for by organizing committees of each World Cup weekend, at least for the first period of World Cup racing. The Red Group is calculated at the end of each of four periods of competition throughout the year, so skiers can move into and out of the costs-covered group over the course of the season. Read on via FasterSkier. 

The Wax Bench: Tips, Deals, & Updates from our Partners & Sponsors

L.L.Bean and CRAFT Sportswear North America Official Suppliers of the U.S. Ski Team
L.L.Bean and CRAFT to design and develop new technical and active outerwear for the U.S. Cross Country and Nordic Combined Ski Teams. L.L.Bean, a leading outdoor equipment and apparel designer and merchant and CRAFT Sportswear North America, renowned for its cutting edge technology in world class competition and training wear, today announced a multi-year partnership with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team and U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team. Get the official press release via NENSA, here. 

Upcoming Events:

April 18, 2015 Mud n’ Ice Quadrathlon
June 9, 2015 - August 23, 2015 GNA Summer Training Program
August 9-15, 2015 GNA Rollerski Camp