Summer is ski season for Alaska Pacific University athletes

About 100 roller skiers from the APU Nordic Ski Center’s various training programs participated in the 50-kilometer Rollerskiathon on Wednesday. The event started and ended at the APU campus and followed the Moose Loop, a course that includes the Campbell Creek Trail, the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and the Chester Creek Trail.

This was the third annual Rollerskiathon, an event the Nordic Ski Center launched as a way to bring visibility to roller skiing to promote safety.

Erik Flora, director of the Nordic Ski Center and coach of its elite team, said the event serves another purpose.

“It’s a good chance to get out and get some distance training,” he said. Flora said the Moose Loop, about the length of the longest cross-country skiing event, has proven a valuable resource for year-round training.