This month we would like to highlight long time Canmore resident and pillar in the nordic community Dave Rees. Dave recently had the goal to complete the 90 kilometre Oppet Spar, part of the Vasaloppet in Mora Sweden. The race took place on 26th February, the day after Dave's 80th birthday.
Unfortunately Dave was unable to complete his goal due to taking a bad fall 14km away from the finish. However, we believe that what he achieved was exceptional and that he should be very proud of what he did. There is no question that if he hadn't had the first fall, he would have most definitely finished the event.
Below are a couple of photos of him, the first one as he is about to load his skis into the start grid, at 06:40 that morning, and the second one was taken at checkpoint 4 near Risberg, 35 kilometres into the race.