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Lake Placid Loppet: Return to Forever

In repose, the goddess awaited. Cresting the height of land on Mount van Hoevenberg’s Porter Mountain trail, I led a train of skiers past the abandoned timing hut left over from the 1980 Winter Olympics.  Swathed in snow, the graven image of the Goddess of Anaerobic Threshold, a deity sacred […]

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Lake Placid Loppet: Big Changes for 2015

Last year, following another weather-related postponement to March, the Lake Placid Loppet organizers signaled their intention to move the race to March permanently.  OK.  But like many, I was surprised to find the early registration fee for the Loppet also jumped to $99.00 this year.  For those keeping score at […]

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Skiing Mount van Hoevenberg

This video of Mount van Hoevenberg is from the days bookending the Loppet.  Sorry, no race footage: I ain’t wearing a camera whilst racing.  The one time I brought a camera along in a race – during the Escarpment Trail Run, for a story in Trail Runner – was a mild disaster.

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Douglas, Jospe Win Lake Placid Loppet

Duncan Douglas blew away the field at the Lake Placid Loppet on 5 February, winning the 50 k freestyle race in 2:26:43.  On a day that started cool and warmed quickly to near freezing, Douglas skated across the finish line at Mount van Hoevenberg seven minutes ahead of second place […]

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