While in the middle of the "uphill" portion of the Downhill Race Leg in the 2010 Ski to Sea Race, Dacia was ahead of her practice times. As she was nearing the top of the uphill climb carrying her skis, she noticed a fellow racer on his back in the snow, breathing heavily. She chose to give up her team's time to stay with that person till help arrived on a snowmobile. The Ski to Sea Race is proud to have Dacia Grayber as a racer this year. Here's her profile. Enjoy.
Role: Captain and Downhill/Snowboard Leg Racer
Team: Smokin' Hot Bitches
What made you stop to help this person on your race leg?:
"I don't know why I wouldn't stop. It's what I do, and who I am. It's why I work the job that I do."
Present Occupation: Paramedic Firefighter with the Bellingham Fire Department
Length of Employment: 3 Years, before that she was a "Jill of all Trades".
Education: Creative Writing Major at Columbia University, NY
Favorite Sport: Climbing, Mountaineering, Telemark Skiing, anything that puts you out in the mountains.
Favorite Quote: "Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace." - Amelia Earheart
Favorite Animal: My dog named "Baker" or Mountain Lions
Last Book Read: "Medium Raw" by Anthony Bourdain
Long Team Dreams/Goals: "I have a pretty amazing life. I want to travel again someday, travel back to SE Asia, to continue doing a good job raising my son, to come in 1st in the Women's Rec Division, write my novel. Doing the job I do, I get to see a different side of humanity."
How long have you been involved in the Ski to Sea?: "All the women from the Bellingham Fire Department chose to start a team; I was made Captain by default because I'm the junior person!"
Do you plan to be in the Ski to Sea race again?: "Absolutely!, can't wait! It's such a great experience."
Do you plan to do all 7 legs of the race?: "Probably not, maybe most of the legs."
What do you like about the Ski to Sea?: "The absolute energy and camaraderie of the whole thing. Everybody is in it together, with Olympic athletes, it's competition but the best of competition. Everyone has a smile on their face."
What would you tell others about the Ski to Sea?: "Do it! It should be on everyone's Bucket List."
What do you like about the Bellingham/Mt Baker region?: "Its stunning beauty and accessibility. What isn't there to like? I've been lucky enough to travel the whole world, from Chile to Nepal, teaching climbing and mountaineering. This is the most beautiful place I've ever been."
Words of Wisdom: "Anything is attainable if you believe in yourself and you give enough of yourself. Don't give up on what you believe in. Always do the right thing, not the easy thing, but the right thing."