Greetings NENSA Community ~

July is off to BIG start here at NENSA! We continue with more great virtual programming options for you all this month!

Tonight , please join NENSA, Bill Harmeyer (UVM Ski Team alum/SMST2 skier), Linden Niedeck (CSU juniors Team) and Akeo Maifeld-Carucci (Craftsbury GRP) at 7:30pm (on Insta Live) for a Racial Conversation and how it pertains to the cross country ski community. We will field questions from IG chat or feel free to write staff@nensa.net prior to 7pm. We look forward to an open dialogue, hearing what is already happening within clubs and helping shape future initiatives and conversations.

Today is also the first day of the Roy Varney Memorial Roy-llerski (virtual) Event - which will run all of July. It was also one year ago today that Roy tragically died from a farm accident. This second annual event and fundraiser for MWOC is a joint venture between NENSA and MWOC. Roy was a Nordic skier at Leavitt Area High School in Maine. Participants can rollerski, run, or bike to commemorate the legacy of Roy and receive some great prizes from Sidas, UnTapped and Skida. Go to SkiReg.com to sign up today!
I signed up for the Run/Bike/Ski Category, x2, and can't wait to log 71.19k both running and biking this month!

Here's what we have in store for you in this week's KickZone in the boxes below ~
  • Join NENSA and MWOC for the Roy Varney memorial Roy-llerski (virtual) event for July! Be sure to watch the awesome video about Roy, as well as sign up on the link at SkiReg.com.
  • TONIGHT, Weds. July 1st at 7:30pm: NENSA's next Insta Live Show ~ with special guest Linden Niedeck (CSU juniors), Bill Harmeyer (UVM/SMS T2) and Akeo Maifeld-Carucci (Craftsbury GRP) ~ on their connections through sport, NENSA and their stances on racial equality.
  • #JuneTerm Wrap Up with RESULTS, including NENSA's REG Camp! And prize winners!
  • In honor of our 25th year ~ we are looking for photos showing our NENSA history.
  • Full NENSA.net Calendar Listing HERE
  • Link to our NENSA Virtual Resources Page HERE
  • Link to our NENSA BLM Resources Page HERE

I hope this eNewsletter finds everyone safe and well ~ Happy July!!
Best,
Amie

Amie W. Smith
Executive Director
New England Nordic Ski Association
Amie@nensa.net
781-864-0545

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Roy-llerski Virtual Event
Registration is open for this July virtual event on SkiReg.com

The second annual (virtual) Roy-llerski event, held to honor Roy Varney who was a Nordic skier at Leavitt Area High School, will be held during the month of July. Participants can rollerski, run, or bike to commemorate the legacy of Roy and receive prizes.

We are thrilled to announce that the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) and The Maine Outdoor Wellness Center will be co-hosting the second annual “Roy-llerski” fitness competition and fundraiser for the month of July.

Jenny Wilbraham, who skied for Morse High School and was a great friend of Roy created the meet-up event last year to honor Roy Varney. Several members of the Maine Nordic ski community came together to rollerski for Roy and to honor him last July. The goal was simply to bring together the nordic community for solidarity, remembrance, and be there to support one another. Roy who skied for Leavitt Area High School, was a multiple Class A state champion, a KVAC Champion, and one of the top high school Nordic skiers in Maine. He passed away in a farm accident in July of 2019.

This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, things will be a little different. Instead of coming together in person, NENSA and the MOWC are pleased to hold this event virtually.

Using the date of Roy’s passing (7/1/19), the challenge is to ski, run, rollerski or bike ride 71.19km OR for 71:19 (1h:11m:19s), spread over a couple of days if need be. The event is open to the public regardless of experience and age.

In the 2nd annual (virtual) Roy-llerski, there are five different competitions to enter and prizes will be rewarded! The small entry fee will go towards The Maine Outdoor Wellness’s 2020 fundraising initiative, which will be used in the development of trails for running, biking, and skiing. The MOWC is being created in Turner and will have Nordic, bike, and running trails as well as a biathlon training facility. It was Roy’s dream to have such a center in his area.

The goal is to have fun, stay safe, and take the spirit of the journey with you!! Sharing photos or GPS tracks is highly encouraged. Registration is currently open via SkiReg and participants will input their photos and their data via a Google form.

And many thanks to our NENSA sponsors SIDAS , UnTapped and SKIDA who have all donated some great prizes for this July Event!!

Please enjoy this amazing and uplifting video about Roy from his friends and family ~
#JuneTerm Wrap Up
Kudos to everyone who just wrapped up #JuneTerm! This month-long event presented diverse weekly challenges designed to bring our broader ski community together with some shared training in a flexible and virtual manner. We had participants of all ages from 7 states – VT, NH, MA, MN, NY, ME, and NJ – and Canada!

It was a busy month with our youngest participants building their own agility course, sharing their favorite trail or mountain through art, going for a hike, and getting out for a fun free-choice activity every day of the final week. The popular challengers/masters crew completed a 5k run, 10k roll (or bike), a double pole challenge, and an over-distance workout. Open regional training group participants completed an over-distance workout, did a double pole test, ran up a peak, and followed the virtual Eastern Regional Elite Group (REG) camp training and testing plan for the final week. Check out the test results from our #JuneTerm participants and our REG camp attendees  HERE . It was inspiring to see the commitment of everyone working hard and training “together” on their own this month!

A big shoutout to  EnjoyWinter  for the sweet prizes and raffle items from  Bliz Start Swenor , and  Anti-Freeze!  Also thank you to our event partners,  Green Mountain Valley School  and  Nordic Team Solutions . And last, but not least, a huge thank you to all our participants who got out there and tackled the challenges thrown their way!
Click here for Awards and Raffle Winners
NENSA PHOTOS WANTED:
In honor of our 25th year ~ we are looking for photos showing our NENSA history ~ especially from the early years of NENSA. Clubs, races, staff, Board members, Committees, events...if you have photos to share please email them to photo@nensa.net (yes - we've created a special email for NENSA's history!) 1995-2020. Thanks!
NENSA Community supporting BLM
NENSA's new Youth & Introductory Program Director Kait Miller is selling one of her prints

100% of proceeds from the sale of this print go to the National Black Food and Justice Alliance ( https://www.blackfoodjustice.org/)
NENSA's outgoing Youth & Introductory Program Director Tom Weir is selling some of his new music ~ dropping this Friday
How many of you knew Tom's hidden talent?? Well here it is:
Tom Weir is releasing four new songs on Friday with his band Old Moon, with all proceeds going to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and National Bailout.

Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead at the NENSA Calendar
U pcoming NENSA Events:
July 1 at 7:30pm: Instagram Live Racial Conversation! Tune in tonight at nensa_nordic
July 1-31: Roy Varney Roy-llerski Fundraiser (virtual)
Stay Tuned ~ more fun virtual NENSA programing coming your way for August, and beyond! #AppGap #coachingclinics #popupevents

Full NENSA.net Calendar Listing HERE
Link to our NENSA Virtual Resources Page HERE
Link to our NENSA BLM Resources Page HERE