We have a great group of sponsors for the 8th Annual Kingston Roller Ski Races. In fact, probably the best group yet. We have some old faithfuls who have been with us for many years now and a couple new companies. I'd like to thank all the sponsors for their support of this event and the Kingston High School nordic ski team.
Toko: The only company to be with us for all 8 years. Check out their new grip wax. They've developed a system where there are only 3 grip waxes that cover all conditions. What could be easier? I, and a few friends, got the opportunity to try them last winter and where other kick waxes failed, these worked beautifully. Pick some up and give them a try. Also, a Toko technical rep will be on hand Sunday to demonstrate some of their products and answer questions.
Salomon: Involved in most of our races, this year, we've also partnered with their trail running division and have received gift certificates for 2 pairs of trail running shoes as prizes.
Accelerade: Also with us for many years, Accelerade has given us some samples of a new product that's just out. I've used their drinks exclusively for about 10 years now and love them. If you haven't tried them yet, do so.
V2: V2 roller skis with their speed reducers and braking system set them apart from so many other brands. They've been involved with the race since the beginning and the Kingston team owns about 10 pairs.
Polar: When you think heart rate monitors, who else do you think of but Polar. There's not much else to say. They're the leader and they're with us. Once again, a Polar representative will be on hand at the race to demonstrate some of their products and answer questions.
Nathan: I've used other hydration systems many years ago; but, now I use Nathan. Whether it's a hand held system, an waist system, or a backpack, Nathan equipment fills the bill.
EarMitts: As the weather gets cold and the snow hasn't begun to fall, we're still on roller skis, especially down around Kingston. However, wearing only a bicycle helmet is hard on the ears. EarMitts keep the ears warm when skiing or bicycling in the cold.
Atomic: One of our original sponsors, Atomic is back after a couple years away. Welcome back. It's good to have them involved again.
Nikwax: Whether cleaning our high tech clothing or refurbishing a waterproof jacket, Nikwax has the product for you.
Our new sponsors this year include:
Rudy Project: As one of the premier helmet and sport glass companies, Rudy Project is very welcome to our event.
Podiumwear: If you're looking for new ski uniforms, look no further. Team HURT put me in touch with Podiumwear and we've purchased some new uniforms from them and they've become a race sponsor. Welcome.
Concept 2: The Ski Erg is the machine for strength training for nordic skiing. It's become so popular that there are races held on the machine. We're glad to have them involved. Welcome.
That's it for this year. As I've said at the previous races and will say again this year, you have many companies from which to choose when purchasing you equipment and supplies. Remember those companies who supported you at this event. Let's support them.
See you on Sunday.