The rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the inaugural Tour of Basin on Oct. 24, with 130 participants launching from Julia Davis Park into the downtown Boise area and the Greenbelt. It was all part of a scavenger hunt to benefit the Bogus Basin Nordic Team. Proceeds were used to fund BBNT's new refugee program and to expand the cross-country training for adaptive skiers.
Participants in the event were tasked with finding the answers to questions about Boise’s public art, the history of the city's buildings and the history of the Greenbelt. Two courses were available: one of 10.5 kilometers and a second of 4 kilometers. Each course was broken down into individual and team categories.
Top honors in the individual category over the long course went to Stacey Galinat and Shannon Galinant who took 1:50.01 to answers all 29 questions correctly. Bogus Basin team member Grady Martin took first in the short course, answering all the questions correctly in a time of 1:22.4. Michael Sharps took only 1:22.0 to finish but had one incorrect answer and took second overall.
In the team category, Kelly McLeod, Diane Williams, Jackie Gerstein and Jennifer Tropple missed only one question while finishing the long course in 2:44.2 to place first. Finishing the course in the fastest time of 1:27.5 was the team of Beth Schadd and Sara Fry, who got two incorrect answers and tied for second. The fastest finish in the short course was registered by the winning quartet of Cyndi Grafe, Mitch Knothe, Cate Knothe and Kent Knothe who got all 29 questions correct while turning in a time of 1:19.6.
The event was co-sponsored by the City of Boise Arts and History Department and several local businesses.