OtherRacingMarostica Subaru Lappe 24 Hour Relay

FasterSkier FasterSkierMarch 31, 2009

Since 1997 with the beginning of spring and end of the skiing season the 24 Relay at Lappe has been a test of endurance and speed for both recreational and elite athletes in Thunder Bay. In the 24 hour period from March 21 – 22 several records were set.

Kelly Henry of Thunder Bay skied just over  285 km  eclipsing the former 265 km standard set in 2005. In the team event a four man squad of National Team Development Centre (NTDC) athletes  Jess Winter, Harry Seaton, Luke Vilakainen  and Michael Somppi smashed the 2002 record  by 39 km and clocked in for a total of 556 km, a  23.18 km/hr pace. To show  how fast the conditions were this is faster to speeds attained by the winner at  the Canadian Championship 10 km freestyle races this past month !   Micheal Somppi just missed by .7 sec  the fastest lap record held by former Canadian National  and NTDC team member Adam Kates.

Over 135 skiers and 20 relay teams ranging from solo skier  Henry and multiple athlete teams participated in the event which is a fundraiser for the NTDC and Lapppe Ski Centre. Thanks to the timing volunteers, potluck contributors  and race organizers  for a successful event.

Relay line up at Noon startup.
Relay line up at Noon startup.
Chris Butler of the  Alberta World Cup Academy  leads off  the  first lap of many.
Chris Butler of the Alberta World Cup Academy leads off the first lap of many.
Canadian National Para Nordic Skier Robbi Weldon hands off.
Canadian National Para Nordic Skier Robbi Weldon hands off.
The timing crew works all night.
The timing crew works all night.

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