A 160km Canadian Winter Ski Marathon of Hope

    GATINEAU, QC, Feb. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The 42nd annual Canadian Ski Marathon
being held February 9th and 10th will once again see over 2000 cross country
skiers take to the hills promoting a spirit of fitness, friendship and fun.
    This edition expects to be special as Montreal native Jessica Krejcik, a
13-year-old, will be attempting to become the youngest female in the CSM's
history to complete the Gold Coureur des Bois. Inspired by her "Marathon of
Hope" quest, Jessica will use her cross country ski challenge to raise money
for children's cancer wards all over the country.
    "I am very lucky. I get to do something that I love, cross country
skiing, and to do something good at the same time. My challenge to get my
gold-bar is a big one but it doesn't compare to the kids who live with cancer
everyday. I am going to do my best to complete my gold-bar for them." said
    The Canadian Ski Marathon (CSM) was founded in 1967 by former Canadian
National Ski team member, Don MacLeod. The annual two-day event features ten
sections that span 160 kilometers of tranquility and beauty through the Quebec
countryside: from Gatineau (Buckingham sector) to Lachute with an overnight
stop in Montebello.
    "I can't say enough about Jessica's courage and I hope to be skiing along
side of her, cheering her on. On behalf of all CSM participants, we say "Go
for it Jessie", we support you 100% of the way." said Greg Koegl, President of
the CSM.
    The Canadian Ski Marathon attracts over 2,200 skiers from 5 to 85 years
of age. Keeping safety in mind, the CSM has over 500 volunteers that support
all participants with frequent checkpoints along the trail, providing free
snacks, ski wax services and free shuttle bus services to the start point of
your choice and returns you to your accommodation or vehicle when done.
    "It is truly amazing to see so many people pushing their physical limits.
Congratulations to all Canadian Ski Marathon participants, volunteers,
participating cities and municipalities, and a special congratulation to
Jessie! All together, you create a unique Canadian tradition" Honorary CSM
Chair - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon.

For further information:

For further information: Shelley Fraser or Isabelle St. Denis, Canadian
Ski Marathon, (819) 770-6556

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