If you were to scroll through Nancy Simpson’s 2014-2015 race record, the results seem to never end—the dates and times just keep coming. That’s because last fall, Nancy Simpson, from New Richmond, Wisconsin made it her goal to race NASTAR 1,100 times. As of this February, she had surpassed her objective and set a new NASTAR record with over 1,300 runs completed, including both Giant Slalom and Slalom races.
“During the Thanksgiving race camp, the Race Director at Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area, Pedro Driscoll, approached me with the idea,” says Simpson. “After several meetings we decided to set a schedule that included up to 50+ runs per day. It was at that time we realized breaking the all-time record could be accomplished.”
Typically racing four days a week and two to four hours per day, it was a team effort to get Simpson up and down the slopes 1,300+ times. “Sometimes in -20 degree weather, the team was always there to set courses, run the timing, pace set, etc,” says Simpson.
Known by many today as “NASTAR Nancy”, Simpson started skiing with her high school ski club in 1972-1973, raced NASTAR for the first time at Indianhead in her late twenties, and dabbled a bit with race leagues in the 1990’s. But, it wasn’t until 2009, with her children grown, that she was able to begin racing regularly.
To keep fit in the off-season, the 57-year-old mountain bikes, hikes four to five times a week for several hours, and enjoys kayaking. She plans to attend the 2015 National Championships in Snowmass, Colorado and will be competing in the Platinum division.
“I enjoy meeting racers from other states as well as US Ski Team members. I want to continue racing as long as I can and I would absolutely do it again! Records are made to be broken and I enjoyed the challenge.”
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