Lake Placid Loppet slides into action next week

LAKE PLACID The 26th annual Lake Placid Loppet, presented by High Peaks Cyclery, cross-country ski races will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Olympic Sports Complex Cross Country Ski Center. The Lake Placid Loppet has established itself as one of the best events of its kind in the country. Over the past 26 years, thousands of skiers have enjoyed skiing and racing on the challenging Mt. Van Hoevenberg trails at the Olympic Sports Complex. The Lake Placid Loppet is a proud member of the American Ski Marathon Series. This annual event, presented by High Peaks Cyclery in Lake Placid, attracts hundreds of skiers from across the United States and Canada. It consists of a 50 kilometer Loppet (30.1 miles) and a 25-kilometer Kort-Loppet (about 15 miles). There will be classic technique and free technique race starts for both the 25K and 50K races. On race day, Feb. 9, bib pick-up runs from 7 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. There is no race day registration. The 50K classic technique race begins at 9 a.m. followed by the 25K classic race at 9:15 a.m. The 50K free technique race starts at 10 a.m. and the 25K free technique race will follow at 10:15 a.m. This years event includes a free 10K (6.2 miles) fun race on Friday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. that is open to all skiers. All interested competitors can register on-site. Late registration and bib pickup will run from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the cross-country lodge with complimentary beverages and hors doeuvres. There is a free .5K (less than ? mile) kids race (ages 12 and under) set to get underway at 6:30 p.m. outside the cross-country lodge while the Waxing for Race Day clinic is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. All Friday events are supported by High Peaks Cyclery. To register for the Lake Placid Loppet, or for more information, please log on to www.lakeplacidloppet.com. For more information on ORDA venues and events and for web cams from five locations, please log on to www.orda.org .

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