Racer Profile: Peter Mallahan

Role (2011 race):  Kayak (4 years)

Team: (2011 team) WDFA: We don't *mess* around

Age: 23

How did you become involved in the Ski to Sea:
My parents live up in Bellingham, they started doing it five years ago. I always wanted to do it, but the spots were always filled by my aunts and uncles. So my brothers and I started our own team, and we have been competing against my family ever since.

What has kept you together as a team for so long now?
We're all off on our own things in life right now, so Ski To Sea brings us all together as brothers, friends and cousins.

Present Occupation: 
Student at Western 5th year - New Media Design
Length of Employment: Full Time

Education: WWU

Favorite Sport: soccer and frisbee golf

Last Book Read: 1984

Long Term Dreams/Goals:
Get a job in video productions at a design firm in Seattle. I'd like to stay near the ocean, maybe get a sailboat and maintain kayaking.

How long have you been involved in the Ski to Sea? Four years

Do you plan to be in the Ski to Sea race again?
We're trying, but we need to fill in some people we're missing. We haven't given up yet.

Do you plan to do all 7 legs of the race?
I don't think so, there are parts of the race, hearing from teammates, that I'd be willing to try out like mountain biking.

What do you like about the Ski to Sea?
It's such a different thing to do. There's a lot of families that do it. When you tell someone that you're doing Ski To Sea it's something to be proud of.

What would you tell others about the Ski to Sea?
It's a fun thing to get involved in, but you have to work at it. It's not easy, you need time to train for it.

What do you like about the Bellingham/Mt Baker region?
There's so much to do here, it's exemplified in the different legs of the race.

Words of Wisdom:
If you're going to be kayaking your first year, learn to self rescue. My first year I went out, it was stormy. Somehow I stayed up the whole time. I kept thinking in the back of my mind that I have no idea how to self-save. So learn how to be prepared and safe.

To contact Peter, send him/her a message at: mallahp@students.wwu.edu
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