LAKE PLACID - The 29th Annual Lake Placid Loppet was held, Saturday, Feb. 5, on the cross-country ski trails at the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid.
The Loppet, hosted by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), is a 50-kilometer cross-country race for both classical and freestyle skiers. There is also a 25-kilometer cross-country race, the Kort-Loppet, again for both classical and freestyle skiers. The Lake Placid Loppet is also part of the American Ski Marathon Series.
The Loppet and the Kort-Loppet was run on a slightly modified version of the course originally constructed for the 50-kilometer cross-country skiing event during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. The course consists of one 25-kilometer loop skied either once or twice.
Because this course was designed for Olympic competition, it is more challenging then most citizen race courses. The altitude ranges from 1,860 feet to 2,460 feet with the longest single climb being 230 vertical feet. The total vertical climb is just under 3,700 feet for the Loppet racers, or 1,850 feet for the Kort-Loppet.
Robert Douglas (Honeoye Falls), who was racing in the 45-49 year old 50km men's freestyle event, was the first racer to cross the finish line at two hours, 26 minutes, 43.9 seconds. He was followed by Jake Hollenback (Winooski, Vt.), who was racing in the 30-34 year old men's freestyle event and stopped the clock in 2:33:57.4. Jason Hettenbaugh (Honeoye Falls) finished third overall in 2:39:25.0. Hettenbaugh was racing in the 30-34 year old men's freestyle event.
Alexandra Jospe (Newton, Mass.) was the top finisher in the women's 50km freestyle race. Competing in the 25-29 year old age group, Jospe broke the tape in 3:02:21.4. Jessica Snyder (Rochester), who also raced in the 25-29 year old freestyle event, claimed silver in a time of 3:02:23.9. Allison Lampi (Chelsea, Quebec) came away with the women's 50km freestyle bronze medal, completing the race in 3:33:18.0. Lampi raced in the 30-34 year old age class.
Phil Shaw (Ros mare, Quebec) was the top men's 50km classic race finisher. Shaw, who raced in the 40-44 year old division, set the pace in 2:55:13.6. Lisa Gerstenberger (Ithaca) was the first skier to cross the tape in the women's 50km classic race. Racing in the 25-29 year old division, Gerstenberger won the race in 4:48:03.9.
Complete Lake Placid Loppet results may be found on www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.