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Letter: A touching reminder

To the editor:

Congratulations to Scott McGovern, Peggy Brown, Lisa Goodhue and Beth Corwin, all outstanding local educators and talented athletes who competed in the recent Canadian Ski Marathon (CSM).

Here’s another story about Scott McGovern’s courage, humility, and ability to inspire and connect with young people. I offer it as a postscript to Tim Goodwin’s engaging article.

In the mid-1990’s my son DeWitt, already quite ill, was visiting us in Peterborough and enjoyed a brief but very meaningful conversation with Scott about the incredible challenges of the CSM and their respective accomplishments in finishing a varied number of those icy difficult miles.

They shared a love of Nordic skiing and deep admiration for those in the Coureur de Bois who carry their own food and camping gear for sleeping outside in the midst of two days of skiing 100 miles in sub-zero weather.

I will always remember with gratitude Scott’s respectful, kind conversation with my son who was sharing his own memories of a healthier time in his life. My son died in 1996 at age twenty-four.

Of all his many academic and athletic accomplishments, including running the Marine Marathon and Varsity rowing, participating in the Canadian Ski Marathon was one of DeWitt’s proudest achievements. His CSM Bronze Medal sits on my bureau, reminding me each day of the extraordinary vigor, tenacity, and commitment to overcoming mind-boggling challenges that its participants demonstrate.

Susan Copley


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