William Letham (front), Louise Poole (middle) and Neil Munroe (rear) come into the final section of the track before the finish line of the 34km course during the 2019 Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

William Letham (front), Louise Poole (middle) and Neil Munroe (rear) come into the final section of the track before the finish line of the 34km course during the 2019 Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Registration underway for Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet at Shuswap’s Larch Hills

Annual cross-country ski race has raised more than $400,000 for Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Larch Hills Nordic Society is again hosting the Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet, with proceeds supporting the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Now in its 36th year, the full-day loppet, open to both recreational and competitive skiers, takes place Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. The race raised $415,490 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation over the past 35 years, according to a release from the nordic society.

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The race is expected to be well-attended. Historically, there have been as many as 600 skiers, aged two to 80, who have taken part. Course lengths can vary widely for each age category. Skiers four and take on a one-kilometre course while skiers 18 and older tackle a 34-km course.

Race registration closes at midnight on Thursday, Jan. 23, with race packets available for pick-up at the SASCU Recreation Centre from 4 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 24, or between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 25, at the Larch Hills chalet.


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