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2008 Morin-Heights Viking Loppet

Living up to its reputation as "Cross-country ski capital of the Laurentians" Morin-Heights once again, on Sunday, 24th February, hosted this popular event: the Morin-Heights/Viking Loppet, now in its 36th year. Some 370 keen skiers had signed up to come enjoy this more casual event on a busy February cross-country ski calendar, following on the heels of "the majors", the Canadian Ski Marathon and the Gatineau Loppet.

The choice of course distances: 10 km, 20 km and 33 km - gives this event wide appeal across the spectrum of age and skiing ability as evidenced by the youngest participant of 5 years old, to a couple of gents aged 79 years! Room for all, the event embraces elite racing skiers, individuals just happy to complete the course at their own pace, and members from some 20 cross-country ski clubs. Not surprisingly, the Viking Ski Club had the most entrants with 50 of its members participating. This club initiated the event, albeit on a smaller scale, back in 1972 at their clubhouse. For several years now, the Viking Ski Club and the Municipality of Morin-Heights have joined organizational forces and resources to expand the event to accommodate a larger and broader public participation.


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