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A cold day with a blistering turnout for the Gatineau Loppet 2014
Also day 2 a full success!
The polar sun swept in for this second day of competition of the 36th edition of the Gatineau Loppet. Despite the freezing weather, the mood was upbeat both indoors and out at the starting line just outside École secondaire Mont-Bleu. All of the participants, elite as well as recreational skiers, were eager to hit the trails of Gatineau Park for the freestyle races and the very first edition of snowshoe races.
Here is a summary of the day’s results, followed by a round-up of the event.
51 KM POLAR FREESTYLE AND LONG-DISTANCE LOPPET CHAMPIONSHIP
27 KM FREESTYLE
We would like to mention that Pierre Lavoie, the Honorary President of the Gatineau Loppet, finished the 27 km freestyle in 5th place.
10 KM FREESTYLE
5 KM SNOWSHOE RACE (PRESENTED BY RAQUETTES GV)
1st Place Men: Julien Pensonneault (26:54.7)
1st Place Women: Véronique Fortin (26:03.5)
10 KM SNOWSHOE RACE (PRESENTED BY RAQUETTES ATLAS)
1st Place Men: David Le Porho (49:21.8)
1st Place Women: Claire Doule (1:01:55.5)
We would also like to mention the hundreds of children who, accompanied by their parents, braved the cold for the 2 km Mini Sport Échange Outaouais. Pierre Lavoie joined in the fun. This untimed race is part of the Carnaval Soleil Polaire, a big party presented by municipal councillors Mireille Apollon from the l’Orée-du-Parc district, and Louise Boudrias from the Parc-de-la-Montagne-Saint-Raymond district. Entertainment for the kids, music, inflatable structures and stiltwalkers helped warm up the families and skiers.
A GREAT TURNOUT
This 36th edition of the Gatineau Loppet served to confirm the fact that this is indeed the biggest cross-country ski event in Canada. More than 2,750 participants, including 170 for the Chelsea Super Sprint Jeunesse, took part in the activities between Friday the 14th and Sunday the 16th. The Sprint jeunesse, classic style races, freestyle races, long-distance Loppet championship, and race for the kids all added up to something for everyone.
Highlights of this 36th edition:
For additional information, consult the Gatineau Loppet Web site: www.gatineauloppet.com.