Hello MRT Families,



With almost 1000 starts on 5 courses over 2 days and an army of volunteers contributing to what, in my opinion, was the best run race series I have witnessed since arriving here, the Meadows Challenge was a tremendous success.  It was a great weekend of racing for kids around the area but this was a special weekend for our Club. The strength of our community really shined.  At the risk of leaving some people out a special thanks must be extended to some key volunteers that allowed us to execute on time for all but the second run of GS (which was only due to the sheer volume of athletes).  Mark and Caroline McCorkle on the timing, James Oellrich on race admin, James Green, Jay Poletiek, Scott Shauermann, Glenn White, Shrine Pont and Everett Carson for their key roles at the start and the finish, Andrew Ping and Maynard Falconer for their leadership as head gate judges as well as the many parents who acted as gate keepers and course crew throughout the weekend and Jennifer Lewis for keeping it all together.  The quality of our community was on display and our ability to host excellent races was as well.  Finally, a special thank you to ALL of our coaches who put in extra-long days through the set up and tear down processes but also played their roles as mentors to these young athletes so tirelessly and seamlessly.  As is usually the case with competition, the potential for disappointment was high but our coaches did what they know well to do in turning those bumps in the road into positive learning experiences.



We have often talked about character building this season but often in the face of adverse weather conditions.  This past weekend many of us were faced with adversity on the playing field in ways we had yet to experience this season. While nobody wants to see a lot of participants having a tough go of it either by crashing or missing a gate and being disqualified, we should all take a moment to recognize that it is how we react to such “failure” that can really define us as people. How we handle failure is what most people will remember about us and when we encourage our youth to be gracious and good sports-people (in part by leading by example) our whole society wins.  In an environment where loosing is a regular part of the process save for ONE person, we should all find delight in the opportunity to all be winners by simply behaving with respect and grace in the face of defeat.  There is no doubt that the SL courses on Sunday were a test of skill and brain power.  They were also safe and legal and in no way an unfair test of the skills our staff has been instilling in MRT athletes. We all need to take the long view and remember that there is very little room on that podium and what this really is all about how we carry ourselves in victory AND defeat.  Rather than being quick with excuses which are easy to conjure we should do the hard work and look within to find opportunities for growth.


On that note I would like to celebrate the story of one athlete who approached me right before awards to say that she had in fact straddled a gate and although the gate keeper must have missed it she would like to “turn herself in.”  This individual was on the podium so this likely a difficult choice to come forward.  It was a choice that also affected the results and who walked away with a medal that day.  This is the kind of personal growth I wish to be a part of and I congratulate this athlete on the tremendous step they took down that road on Sunday.



To clear up some possible confusion here is what you need to know:

·      The race announcement is posted on Team snap. Please refer to it for some basic details

·      The Kid’s Kandahar GS (a part of the MHYSL series) is one and the same as the OR 4 Way GS this year.

·      All events are at Ski Bowl (Multipor is part of Ski Bowl)

·      MRT will not have coaches on hand for the XC and the Jump but will for the SL and the GS

·      U8s are only eligible for the GS (No entry fee)

·      All others must pay entries for all events

·      There are 2 paper waivers you will need to sign to pick up your bib at the event.




·      Candy Cup March 18, Mt Hood Meadows- Race Announcement Posted

·      U12 Champs March 17 & 18- Race Announcement Posted

·      MRT Fun Race and BBQ March 24.



Brad Saxe

Program Director

Meadows Race Team

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The 2018 Meadows Challenge was a great race.  It's all about the experience created, great stuff between the coaches and kids, and the thrill they get of racing against the clock for their personal best. Great lessons were learned about inspection on the coarse as Sunday had many kids missing gates fo rthe slalom.  These are valuable lessons to learn how to learn from our disappointment and turn it into a better result next time.   Many parents commented on how well run the race was, and we can thank Brad Saxe for the structure he provided the coaches for the set up, and the entire event.  We can thank the  coaches for keeping this very complicated event feeling like is was easy.   Another great thing was that both days served up perfect conditions for the racers.  With 250 kids racing this weekend,  MRT can be proud of the successes of the event.  

MRT Video Equipment Initiative

If you joined me for our Parent Forum last Saturday you may remember me referring to a key short term initiative that I view as one of the most effective and immediate ways in which we can improve our deliverance on MRT's Mission.

Today I am happy to announce that we have launched our "Rally" designed to raise funds for video capturing and playback equipment that will directly impact the ability of our coaching staff to get key feedback to our athletes. I invite you to visit our campaign through the following link:


If for every MRT athlete we generate $53 in donations we will quickly reach our goal and get these systems on the hill and in the hands of the coaches and athletes.

If you cannot donate yourself, please consider sharing our link with your friends and family through social media or sharing this email.  A link has also been posted to our Facebook page.


Offering you my most sincere THANK YOU in advance, 

Brad Saxe
Program Director
Meadows Race Team


The MRT fall potluck picnic will be on Sunday, October 2nd from 11-3pm at Mt Hood Meadows on the Sun Deck.

This is a great time to:

·       Catch up with our Program Director and Head Coach Brad Saxe,

·       Meet the MRT Coaches,

·       Bring your old gear to sell to other families,

·       Sign up for your volunteer hours,

·       Enroll your kids for this season,

·       Buy your season passes as well as MRT apparel, and

·       See your friends

To Do’s:

If your last name starts with A-J, please bring a side dish (salad, veggies, chips, etc) to share.

If your last name starts with K-Z, please bring a dessert to share.

The club will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, condiments and drinks.


Picnic and Ski Swap Schedule

11 am – 1pm                Ski Swap

Noon – 1:30pm          BBQ Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 pm           MRT Meeting in the Alpenstube


Special Thanks:

Special thanks to Mt Hood Meadows for providing the venue, Michele Wong for pulling the picnic together and Karen Sullivan for the amazing gear!

Try Something New Next Year:

Want to be more involved on race days?  Train to be a Start or Finish Race Official! If you are interested, please contact Jennifer Lewis at lewis_jennifer@yahoo.com.