Interview with Amy Bory: Participating in the Great Bear Chase

This year, one of the KML team members, Amy Bory, participated in the 2023 Great Bear Chase. Amy was interviewed afterwards to provide how she enjoyed participating in the event — an event that the Lodge is a supporting sponsor of, along with multiple other organizations in the Keweenaw.


Why did you decide to participate in the Great Bear Chase this year?

I love skiing, and it was a mental and physical challenge. I wanted to know that I can do it.  I had participated in the Great Bear Chase 26 years ago (in 1997), when I was in high school. Now that I am older, I wanted to see if I could do the longer distance. It was an accomplishment. My goal was to make it to the finish line, and I was able to do that.

The event has multiple races. Which race did you participate in?

I participated in the 25km (16 miles) free style race. The free style race has skis that are longer, thinner, and have a blade edge. It is comparable to skate ski — a Nordic classic.

There were around 200 skiers, coming from different states (as there were cars in the parking lot from multiple states). At the start line, there were 3 corrals and 3 lines — very similar to a running marathon start. It made the start like a zoo. So I once I made it to the top of the first hill, I pulled to the side and let the other participants pass. Then I followed up behind to enjoy the 25km at my own pace.

Did you have a support team to cheer you on?

Yes, my family joined me to see at starting and to see me finish. They held signs with decorations that were encouraging. A beautiful day on skis.




Last modified on April 16th, 2023 at 3:46 pm