Gatineau, December 16th 2020 – Determined to offer a safe and interesting 43rd edition, the organization of the Gatineau Loppet cancels the in-person event and turns to the virtual mode.
Over the last few months, members of the board of directors and the organizing committee have worked on several scenarios in order to provide an event that respects the various health measures. However, following recent announcements and statistics from Public Health, the 2021 “in-person” event is officially cancelled.
“We have looked at multiple scenarios in order to present a safe event in our beautiful Gatineau Park. Nevertheless, we must face the fact that, like almost every cross-country ski event in Canada, the in-person Gatineau Loppet has to be cancelled for the first time but we are not giving up. A virtual race is being prepared and it is now our priority. The details will be announced soon.” said Louise Poirier, President of the Gatineau Loppet.
The organization is now focusing all of its energies on the virtual event in order to present participants with an original and stimulating winter challenge. Although the team is still working on its format, the Gatineau Loppet,true to form, will provide different distances that will satisfy both elite and recreational cross-country skiers.
Last year, approximately 17% of registrants were from outside of Canada. The Gatineau Loppet virtual race will allow skiers from around the world to participate in its 43rd edition.
Details will be revealed at the launch of registration in January 2021.