Benefit snowshoe race intended to help Olympic hopefuls |

Benefit snowshoe race intended to help Olympic hopefuls

Susan Wood

Susan Wood / Tahoe Daily Tribune / The blended family of Eric Nageotte-Lowe, who died in a skiing accident in New Zealand, turned out for an event to honor the South Lake Tahoe youth. They are Carol Rapacz, Ron Nageotte, Toni and John Lowe, with 13-year-old Alyssa Lowe pictured in front.

A special kind of snowshoe race made its mark last Sunday on the grounds of Camp Richardson Resort and on the hearts of the 29 participants who gathered to raise money for the Eric Nageotte-Lowe Freestyle Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The event raised $700, Tahoe Mountain Milers organizer Dave Cotter reported Wednesday.

Eric died in a skiing accident in New Zealand over a year ago, and his family has vowed to carry on his essence of good will to others. At more than $9,000 strong, the scholarship fund aims to help other young skiers fulfill their dreams. The South Lake Tahoe youth aspired to go to the Olympic Games.

This was a goal his loving family supported, including both sets of parents: John and Toni Lowe and Ron Nageotte and Carol Rapacz. Nageotte shared the responsibility of raising Eric with the Lowes, and Eric would refer to both Ron and John as dad.

Eric’s sister, Alyssa Lowe, 13, said she misses her brother very much. She came out to help carry on her brother’s legacy. She joined the Heavenly Ski Foundation.