Competitors ski in annual loppet

— The Lake Placid Loppet, celebrating its 31st year in cross-country skiing excellence was held, Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Olympic Sports Complex cross country ski center in Lake Placid.

The Lake Placid Loppet, hosted by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), is a proud member of the American Ski Marathon Series and has established itself over the past 30 years as one of the best events of its kind in the country. This event attracts hundreds of skiers from across the United States and Canada who enjoy the challenging Mt. Van Hoevenberg Nordic trails. The competition features a 50- kilometer Loppet (30.1 miles) and a 25-kilometer Kort-Loppet (15 miles).

Depending upon the event, athletes ski the 25km loop twice, the Loppet distance, or once if they’re racing in the Kort-Loppet. The Loppet and Kort-Loppet races each have starts for both classic technique and free technique skiers.

Robert Douglas (Honeoye Falls), who was racing in the 45-49 year old 50km men’s freestyle event and overall winner in 2011, was the first racer to cross the finish line at two hours, 29 minutes, 38.39 seconds. Jason Hettenbaugh (Honeoye Falls), who was racing in the 30-34 year old men’s freestyle event, crossed the finish at 2:29:54.35 and was second. Jake Hollenback (Shelburne, Vt.) finished third overall in 2:34:12.07. Hollenback was racing in the 30-34 year old men’s freestyle event.

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