Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 9
Page 10
Page 11
Page 12
Page 13
Page 14
Page 15
Page 16
8TuesdayApril22013SportsRecreationCrossCountrySkiingByRENEFRANCOEURAnythingcanhappenattheannualPtubSkiracesinHayRiversettokickoffthisSaturdayandSunday.AccordingtoBobWhiteoftheHayRiverSkiClubwhichhoststheeventthiswasprovenevenmoresoyearsagowithasurpriseatthenishline.Oneyearwhentheracingdistanceswerelongerthantheyaretodayonecontes-tantwaslaggingwellbehindeveryoneelse.Whenshe-nallyarrivedatthenishlinemostofthecrowdhaddispersedandshewaswear-ingnothingonhertophalfexceptherracingbibWhitesaidchuckling.Shedthrownawayallherclothesbecauseitwassuchawarmspringdayhesaid.Thatstoryisretoldalmosteveryyear.Itreallyshowsthoughhowitisjustafeel-goodfunweekendofskiing.ThePtubracescelebrat-ingamilestone30thanni-versarythisyearisnamedforacombinationoftwoHayRiverbusinessesthePtarmi-ganInnandTheHayRiverHubnewspaper.In1983ChuckDavidgetheoriginalPtarmiganInnownerandChrisBrodeurwhoownedTheHubatthetimepartneredtoformtheoriginalsponsorshipteamfortheraces.TherehavealwaysbeenannualracesinHayRiverforskiingdatingbackintothe70sWhitewhohasbeeninvolvedinPtubsinceitsin-ceptionsaid.Thenwehadthosesponsorsstepforward.Theywerebothinvolvedinskiingandwiththeirbusi-nessestheywerelookingtosupportlocalsportinamoreorganizedandperma-nentway.AtthetimeTheHubwasusingarabbitintheireditorialcartoonsandtheInnsmascotwasofcourseaplumpwhiteptarmigan.BrodeurandDavidgeto-getherwithalocalartistcombinedthetwoimagesandthePtublogoandnamewasborn.Thatsamebannerisstillputupeveryyear.ThersteventwasalotoffunwithDavidgeandBrodeurskiingagainsteachotherWhitesaid.TheHubwoulddotheadvertisingandtheInnwouldprovideaSat-urdaynightawardsbanquetwhichwestilldo...Itwasaformalizingofsportforus.TheHayRiverSkiClubandtherstPtubracesorigi-nallyranoutofacoupleofdonatedtraincarsandca-boosesWhitesaid.Onewasusedforstorageandtheotherhadanairtightwoodstove.Outhouseswerethefa-cilitiesofthedayWhitelaughed.NowwehaveaTherabbitandptarmigaPtubskiracescelebratemilestonePatti-KayHamiltonofFortSmithpushesuphillinthemastersmenandwomensracein2012.MidgetcrosscountryskierstaketheirstartingpositionsonMar.242012duringtheannualPtubSkiRacesinHayRiver.Theeventtypicallyseesabout100participantscomeout.AgroupofPtubvolunteersheadouttotheirdeisgnatedchecpointsviasnowmobilelastyear.BrendanGreenfarrightstartedwiththePtubracesandwentontocompeteinthe2010VancouverOlympicsinskibiathlon.Heispicturedherein1990withlefttorightMarilynAlexandHelenGreen.Itsnotoneofthoseeveatallcostsitsallaboutationandgettingmoreajoyfulwaytowrapurealclubhouseandawaxingroomrunningwater...Itscer-tainlybeenanimprovement.Withnewownershipatbothplacesthroughouttheyearsthebusinesseshaveremainedfaithfulsponsorsandsupportersoftheraces.WhileCurtisRoweandtheRowefamilycurrentlyrunthePtarmiganInnandNorthernNewsServiceshastakenoverTheHubbothlookforwardtocarryingonthePtubtraditionsformany