I am a student at Northwoods Community Secondary School and have helped run the Havoc at CAVOC Cross Country Ski Race for the past three years at the Cedric A. Vig Outdoor Classroom. It is hosted by the Rhinelander Nordic Ski Team. In terms of numbers of participants, this year’s event was the biggest ski race in the state of Wisconsin besides the state meet itself. In the previous two years our school helped work the Havoc at Cavoc event. In previous years, we would be spread out working on different tasks or stations. We manned stations out on the course as course guides or being timers at the start and finish area. Along with that came trial and error. Things like buying too much food, or not selling enough Havoc at Cavoc T-shirts to break even and not making a profit. We donated our time for the most part those two years, but this year was different. We were given the opportunity to just work concessions and all the money raised from concessions would go to our Apostle Islands trip planned for summer school 2015.
The opportunity of an Apostle Islands trip makes its return for the first time since the 2012 school year. It is led by our principal Wil Losch and teacher Neil Rumney. Going into this year’s ski race, planning was key. Our plan was to buy just enough food and other supplies for one day instead of buying everything at once. Even though the ski race was a two day event we didn’t want to take any risks. At the end of the first day of selling concessions we sold out of all brats, hot dogs, walking tacos, and almost both of our soups. The next day was almost the same.
We sold out about 80% of what we had Sunday. Ending up with a total profit of $783 for the Apostle Island fundraising efforts. The profits will be split between all the volunteers who helped throughout the two days for our trip. To close out this Our Turn article I would personally like to thank everyone who had a role in making this year’s Havoc at Cavoc ski race successful.