April 12, 2019

Submitted by Hannah Willinger

This past weekend marked the 14th year of the Rob Bosinger Memorial Race hosted by Banff Alpine at Mount Norquay. Rob was a prominent athlete, mentor, friend and father who carried his passion for ski racing through all walks of his life. In May 2005 Rob passed away due to cardiac arrhythmia at the age of 38, leaving behind his wife and son. In honour of his legacy his friends, family and community dedicated the Bozo Cup in his memory.

The knockout style race features head-to-head racing in a panelled slalom format. Each person continuing on based on the winner of each race. Obstacles include two jumps, screaming commentators and less than practical costumes.

Registration saw the women’s pro category sell out for the first time in years following strong numbers in the amateur category. Men’s pro, amateur and masters categories were also close to capacity. Money raised from this weekend goes towards a set of scholarships for two young Alberta Alpine athletes and research and support for the Canadian Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation.

This year Alberta Alpine hosted the first practice night at COP for retired enthusiasts who may have needed more than one run to get back into it (cough* most of us). Coaches retired athletes and business professionals came out of the woodwork in preparation for the big day.

The spring weather graced its presence yet again as past, present national, provincial and local athletes queued up to support the cause. Cowboys, Retro and the Canadian Tuxedo were amongst many costumes paraded on the track. We’re pretty sure we saw a Kim Kardashian inspired costume amongst others! Coaches (sometimes) gave their past athletes a run for their money, while dads and moms arced like they hadn’t missed a race in years.

As part of tradition, Pete Bosinger opened the race by hosting a toast to everyone in attendance, celebrating the legacy of his brother as well as the community we continue to value.

Younger athletes even took some time off their training schedule to come and critique cheer on their coaches, parents and mentors (while giving some much-needed racing advice).

The award for best Costume was awarded to Ross McKercher for his exquisite hand-made squid design.

A big thank you to Damien and Maggie Mills who designed and curated new medals for this year’s participants. Thank you to the volunteers whom we all rely on the make this special day a success.

2019 Bozo Cup Results

Women’s Pro
1. Mikayla Martin
2. Georgia Willinger
3. Emma Carmichael

Women’s Amateur
1. Mariana Tellez
2. Lara Kattler
3. Emily Coles

Men’s Pro
1. Paul Stutz
2. Louie-Pierre Helie
3. Cedric Gangon

Men’s Amateur
1. Cole Lamoureux
2. Adam Matejko
3. Cody Pederson

Men’s Masters
1. Andre Quenneville
2. Pete Bosinger
3. Matt Hyndman

 

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