Great Labrador Loppett a huge success

Published on April 11, 2016

Kelly and Beverly O’Brien ski in pace until the finish line.

©Photos by Ty Dunham/The Aurora

The wind was at the back of racers Saturday, April 2, as they said their goodbyes to winter in one of the season’s last major events.

More than 130 skiers and snowshoers ran the 41st PAL Great Labrador Loppet, starting in Fermont, Que, and ending at the Whitewolf Snowmobile Club in Labrador City.
Menihek Nordic Ski Club president Gerry Rideout said participants came from all over, including Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Corner Brook, Prince Edward Island, Montreal, the UK, and Utah, to enjoy some great skiing.
“The trails were a skiers heaven, done to perfection for classic and free technique, groomed with excellent support from Menihek and Whitewolf Snowmobile Club.”
The 10-kilometre race was the most popular, but participants also skied the 28k, 50k, and the new 2.5k event.
Each racer had their own motivations for running, and those who were more interested in making the most of their time stopped for refreshments along the way.
“The feed stations along the route were fully stocked with volunteers dolling out cookies, fruit, juices, soup and hotdogs to keep everyone powered up.”
And for those racers who were more interested in their time, the finish line was a welcome sight.
“At finish line at Whitewolf the ladies had all kinds of soup, chili, fruit and beverages. The youth medal presentations and awards took place here with our MHA Graham Letto assisting in the presentations.”
A number of organizations and volunteers made the event possible, including Menihek, Whitewolf, Smokey Mountain Ski Club, J&S Bussing, the Town of Labrador City, Capital Crane, Army Cadets, Labrador West Search & Rescue, HAM Radio Group, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, and the Fermont Snowmobile Club.
“This was an excellent event made possible by all the volunteers and our sponsors, we are so appreciative of them. Another PAL Great Labrador Loppet for the memory book.”