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2014-02-24 at NOON

Sleeping Giant Loppet start to face two hour delay

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com
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Cold temperature predictions have led organizers of the Sleeping Giant Loppet to delay start times on Saturday by two hours.

The frigid weather will also see race distances shortened.

“We have reduced the 50-kilometre event to a 40-kilometre route, which will be two laps of Marie Louise Lake. The 35-kilometre event will be eliminated, with participants having the option to drop down to the 20-kilometre or move up to the 40-kilomentre,” said race communications co-ordinator Marianne Stewart in a release issued Monday.

The mini-loppet event will still be held.

Stewart said there was little choice in the matter.

“Delaying the start and reducing the distances of the longest events will allow everyone to enjoy the best part of the day on the trails, rather than worrying about how they’re going to stay warm,” she said.

The Sleeping Giant Sprints, originally scheduled for Thursday, have been pushed back until Sunday at noon at Kamview Nordic Centre.

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