About 80 teams came out for the Glacier Challenge last year.

Glacier Challenge softball tournament at risk without new organizers

The organizing committee of the Glacier Challenge is looking for support in putting on the annual slo-pitch tournament.

The organizing committee of the Glacier Challenge is looking for support in putting on the annual slo-pitch tournament.

“Last year we started doing some changeovers and it’s time to move on,” said Brad Beerling, who’s chaired the Glacier Challenge committee for the past six years. “We’re looking for more people, some of the business people to get involved, step up and take over organizing it.”

Last year, a core group of four people made up the committee: Beerling, Mavis Cann of the Revelstoke Times Review, Graham Harper of Pharmasave, and Daniel Kellie of Glacier House Resort.

Beerling said he is stepping down from the board after 20 years of involvement with the event. Cann and Harper are also leaving the board, while there was no word yet from Kellie.

“For the first time since I was 15 I would like to have an August long weekend off,” said Beerling.

The organizing committee is holding it’s AGM on March 11 and they’re hoping business groups and service clubs that benefit from the busy weekend step up to the plate and take over the organization.

Beerling said they have had initial meetings with other organizations. “The thing is the reception has been good,” he said. “Everybody wants the event to happen, just nobody wants to be involved with it.”

Attendance at the Glacier Challenge has been dwindling over time, from a peak of about 120 teams to about 80 in 2014.

Beerling said the committee meets monthly, then weekly as the August long weekend approaches. They are responsible for things like organizing security, bringing in food vendors and hiring bands.

They spend the entire Glacier Challenge weekend on site.

For the past two years, an event coordinator was hired to help run things.

“It doesn’t take as much work as I think people think it does,” Beerling said. “You’re not committing a huge amount of time do it, other than the weekend when you’re busy as all hell, but that’s really it.

“It’s a great event for the community and it needs help organizing,” he added.

 

 

 

 

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