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Story last updated at 3:54 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ski race honors Schwiesow; junior Nordic ski swap today

By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News

Ohlson Mountain never looked so good in white.

The freshly groomed trails by John Miles and Mike Byerly were christened on Sunday at Doug's Duathalon, a combined 4K classic and 4K skate ski race, named in honor of the late Doug Schwiesow.

Bill Strutz officiated the event attended by Homer's active Nordic community of all ages. Organized by Megan Spurkland, the event featured a mini 2K combined race for the younger Nordic die-hards.

The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club will hold the junior Nordic ski swap at Homer High School commons today at 5 p.m. Arrive early to rent one of 25 pairs of junior Nordic ski gear for $25 each.

"We want to infuse the community with gear for kids," said ski rental program organizer Carlin Rauch. "Parents don't know if their kids will take to skiing, so they don't want to invest in all that expensive gear."

This year, KNSC gave Rauch a budget of $2,500 to buy new gear for the junior season. With help from Homer Saw and Cycle, Rauch was able to start a rental program right with new gear in various sizes.

"We are trying to make it reasonable for parents to get their kids involved in the junior Nordic program," said Rauch.

The ski rentals are limited to participants in the junior Nordic program. Hopeful Nordic parents can sign up for the program tonight at the ski swap, but it is the last day for enrollment.

If interested in rentals, Rauch encourages parents to arrive early and bring their child so they can be sized accordingly.