This weekend was the inaugural Eagle Point Loppet hosted by my parent’s local club in Drayton Valley – Pembina Nordic. Dad and other members of the club put in some pretty long hours tracksetting in the week leading up to the race (I’m sure lots of other folks put in many hours preparing) and it sure paid off! The trails were in great form (with a dusting of fresh powder that fell over night).
The race brought about 100 racers entered across the 33,22,11,5 and 1km race distances and went off without a hitch. There were a few fun aspects to the race – they gave away commemorative t-shirts, the lunch coupon was a heart and they gave out baggies with all the ingredients you needed to make a smore over at the nearby fire. I loved these little gems that added to the overall race experience!
Being that the race was open technique and the weather was on the warmer side, I opted (along with most racers) to skate. Entered in the 33km race, this would be the longest distance I’ve ever skate skied…let alone raced! My good friend (and ski companion) Sean made the journey with me up to Drayton for the race. I was fortunate that my Dad hung back and stuck out the whole race with me. What a great day! The results haven’t been posted on zone4.ca quite yet but we’re looking forward to seeing how we did.
Thanks Dad (and all the volunteers at Pembina Nordic) for making it such a memorable race!