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Want to ski 100km in one day? 75km? 50km?
By:  Dev Paul   (2008/03/20)


It seems like we have a ton of snow left this year and no more events to enter. But wait, as you may recall, we held a 100K "training endurance challenge" in the Gats from 2002-2004, which consisted for 4x25K with an ascent of the dreaded Penguin Hill climb on each loop. Since 2005, the folks in Forestville Quebec have been putting on a great event (www.boreal100Kloppet.ca) so the Penguinman disappeared.

But with the near record snowfall in Ottawa we (Dev Paul and Gino Ainsley) thought it would be a great idea to do it again. The Penguinman 100K is not a race. Just a long day on skis to celebrate a fantastic year of snow with like minded individuals. Each loop is 25K so feel free to show up for 50, 75 or 100K. There is no timing, but you can welcome to time yourself.

Here are the rest of the details:

Date: Sunday March 30th
Start Time: 7 am "sharp"
Location: P8
Length: 50, 75 or 100K on 25K loops
Key Features: Penguin climb and the view from Champlain and Huron Lookout on each loop
Nutrition and Aid: Self Supported (one man one kit)
Technique: Skate or classic or both
Cost: None, but you must have a Gatineau Park Trail Pass

Route (25.9km loop, click map to enlarge, decription below):

  1. P8 to Penguin Field on Gatineau Parkway
  2. Up Penguin to Ridge Road (#1)
  3. #1 passed #1b past #24 (water tank) to second #24 intersection
  4. Right on #24 to #40
  5. Up #24, past #40 to #1 (turn left)
  6. #1 right onto #1b to Champlain Lookout
  7. Champlain Parkway to T Junction
  8. Fortune Parkway passed P10, and P9 to P8

Notes: Each loop will consist of 2 road crossings (P9, P8) and each loop offers the chance to return to your vehicle to top up on nutrition or change clothing

Post Event Meal Destination: TBD
Registration: Email - devashish.paul@gmail.com and info@xcottawa.ca to confirm your participation.

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