Over 240 skiers ranging in age from 5 to 81 enjoyed the snow and great trail conditions at the Muskoka Loppet classic ski race, which was held this Sunday, January 29, at Arrowhead Provincial Park.
Categories included a social 4 km ski and para nordic sit skiing to a 27 km distance that featured many of the trails of the park. Nordic skiers from across the province participated in the race, with a healthy contingent of local racers of all ages taking part.
A dedicated team of over 75 volunteers was on hand to direct the skiers and spectators, keep skiers hydrated along the race routes and support them at the finish line.
The Muskoka Loppet, which is a classic ski-only event, has a long tradition in Huntsville. Originating in the 1970s, the original version had skiers starting at Hidden Valley Highlands Beach, crossing Penn Lake, following trails towards the north end of Mary Lake, and ending at Port Sydney Beach. This version continued until 1986, with the course sometimes changing direction. The Arrowhead version was initiated by Tracy Marshall in the late 1990s.
Race organizers from the Arrowhead Nordic Ski club expressed their appreciation to all of the local sponsors and volunteers who helped to make this event a success. Participant feedback was full of excitement and delight at the return of the Muskoka Loppet after a two-year hiatus.
The results below feature local skiers. For full results, check HERE.
Special Olympic Male: 2nd – James Clarke
Special Olympic Female: 1st – Amber Bucholtz
Para Nordic Sit Ski Male: 1st – Nathan Perry
4 km Male: 1st: Matthew Shalla, 2nd: Emmett Shalla, 3rd: Jayden Brake 4 km Female: 1st: Braunwyn Strickland
15 km Female: 2nd: Mya Marshall
27 km Female: 2nd: Raylan Stroud
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