This past weekend Maria and I were able to head back to Rhinelander to participate in the Judy Swank Memorial Ski at the Northwood’s Golf Course.
As many of you know, Judy was my high school ski coach; however, she was much more than just my first ski coach. She was a mentor and all-around wonderful person. She was an amazing role model and always kind person. She was also the wife of an extremely nice man Lee, and a mother of another great role model and inspiration for me, Adam. She will be greatly missed but always remembered for all the great things she accomplished during her lifetime.
For the ski we could not have asked for a better day. It was 50 degrees without a cloud in the sky! We were met by around 100 other enthusiastic skiers skiing around the very well groomed trails. We were skiing in Judy’s honor and memory as she had always wanted to complete the 10 Worldloppet races. She completed 9 of the races and we were skiing her tenth. It was a great ski with wonderful people followed by a celebration of Judy. We sang a few songs and told our favorite Judy stories. It was a very emotional event and something I will always remember.