Duck Mountain Nordic Club

Duck Mountain Loppet

Posted by Kevin Sutton on 2023-02-26

It is was GREAT to be back "in person" for the 42nd loppet. A notable but not forgotten absence was Bruno Lemire. After decades of organizing the event Bruno has stepped to the sidelines. At 90 years young Bruno will no doubt be opening a new chapter of engagement. My first attempt(last year I organized a virtual event) was a challenge to build on the legacy that Bruno had created. 
Wenesday/Thursday saw double packing by the park. Friday Ken McNeil and myself crawled along trying to get the classic track setting pans to bite into the rock hard snow. There was great representation from all parts of the province and our neighbours from Manitoba. Some were deterred but many 'Old Timers" and "Newbies" from a "piggy backed" 2 year old to a spry 79 year old were met by a frosty start. The sun added some warmth to the day and was topped up by our fantastic shelter volunteers.
I will post shortly an acknowledgement to our fantastic volunteers, without whom the the loppet would truly not happen.
I will also post some photos collected throughout the day and encourage you to share the same.