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Press release post loppet 2011

Press release : February 28th, 2011

A sunny day and excellent trail conditions for the Morin-Heights Viking Loppet : another great year for this event !

Sunday, February 27th, the Municipality of Morin-Heights and the Viking Ski Club jointly hosted the 39th edition of the Viking Loppet. 421 participants registered this year. The sun was out and the atmosphere warm and inviting. More than 130 volunteers led the way, with registrations, handing out refreshments, manning road crossings, and encouraging both skiers and snowshoers along the way to the finish line at Basler Park.

The 5 km snowshoe run in its second year, saw 35 racers take part. 163 skiers took part in the 10 km race, popular with families and youth. The 20 km attracted 132 participants, and 91 skiers looking for a greater challenge, raced the 33 km. The youngest skier, Kiara Marshall was only 4 years old, and three skiers, Mr. Pelz, Théorêt and Irany were the Loppet’s most senior athlete at 80 and 82 years old. Camille Ballick 13 years old was the youngest to race the le 33 km this year. We even created a category for them!

After the race, a well earned lunch was served to all racers, while Guy Thibaudeau announced the results efficiently provided by the Sportstats team, thanks to their ChampionChip technology. Medals were presented by Councillor Leigh McLeod.

TrophiesThe two fastest athletes in the 15 and under age category to race the 10 km, were Vincent Drolet for the boys, and Charlotte Beauchemin for the girls; they will have their names added to the Desjardins Trophy.
Phil Shaw’s name will be engraved on the Munk Trophy awarded to the fastest man overall in the 33 km. The fastest lady in this category was Christiane Clavel. Her name will be engraved on the Berg & Dohrendorf Trophy.

Teams of first-responders were posted at strategic locations in case of any emergencies and for which we are pleased to report, there were none. The day ended at the town hall with a volunteers’ party where they were thanked and given prizes generously donated by local merchants and sponsors.

Visit for detailed results. Photos of the event will be online soon.

Info: Catherine Maillé: 450-226-3232, ext. 102

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