THUNDER BAY – The National Development Centre (NDC) and the Lappe Ski Centre will be hosting the annual 24 Hour Relay at Lappe which is set for noon on Saturday March 26th to noon on Sunday, March 27th, 2011! This fun and exciting event, in its 15th year to help support local skiing, is a test of endurance and speed for athletes who wish to end their season with 24 hours of continuous individual solo or team relay skiing.
Competitive, recreational, and jackrabbit skiers from all over Ontario will be on the line to participate and to also try and break records, which include the WORLD solo record. Past records have included solo skiers completing between 350 and 400 km in a 24-hour period and multiple skier team relays skiing over 500 km. Snow conditions are excellent and with favourable weather on the weekend, the existing team record of 517 km could be challenged. The existing unofficial world record is 415 km established in 1998 in Finland while the Lappe record is 407 Km by Werner Schwar in 2005. Past records can be found at: http://www.lappenordic.ca/24_hour.html
Thunder Bay participants will also be having a friendly competition with the Canmore, Alberta 24 hour event which is taking place at the same time period. Watch out Canmore!! There will be additional prizes for the winners of this competition.
Participants are looking forward to many great prizes graciously donated by our sponsors and to the greatly anticipated RBC Breakfast of Champions!
All proceeds from the event go towards the NDC and the Lappe Ski Centre Improvement Fund.