THUNDER BAY, ON ------ January 20, 2016 - Today, at Kamview Nordic Centre, NDC’s Bob Thompson took part in a head to head sprint vs. Klister, the Cross Country Canada mascot. You would think Bob, an elite skier and seasoned sprinter would have the advantage over the floppy-footed rabbit. However, Bob was pulling some important cargo in a Chariot child-carrier, his teammate Alannah MacLean (he was supposed to pull coach Timo’s daughter, but we think Timo got cold feet at the last minute and sacrificed one of his athletes instead). Bob got out-touched at the line by fleet-footed Klister. It was all in the spirit of good fun, as Loppet organizers highlighted a new addition to the 2016 event, Chariot child carriers will be welcomed in the RBC 8km Mini-Loppet. “The Loppet is a family-friendly event” says coordinator, Peter Gallagher, “we wanted to ensure the youngest families members could be included in the fun”.
Peter Gallagher introduced the Loppet’s newest event a 50km Skiathlon that caters to those participants who can’t decide if they want to skate or classic ski. “You Classic the first 22km to Checkpoint 3, where your skate equipment will be waiting and after a quick change of boots and skis, skate the remaining 28km to the finish.” explained Gallagher. Loppet committee members also highlighted a new offering of cash prizes for the 50km free 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers, as well as a grand-prize attendance draw for a one-year lease of a Nissan Rogue-all courtesy of Halfway Motors Nissan. Organizers want to assure all participants that they will be receiving on of the popular chocolate finishers medals, courtesy of Nordmin engineering. The event wrapped up with expert groomer, Peter Crooks assuring attendees that the Loppet trails would be in world-class conditions for the 39th edition of the Sleeping Giant Loppet.
NOW is the time to register for the 2016 Sleeping Giant Loppet on March 5th, 2016! Early registration ends Monday February 1st and online registration continues until March 1st. Late registration accepted at kit pick up at Kamview Nordic Centre, Thursday March 3rd and Friday March 4th from 3:00 to 9:00 pm. No race day registration.