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Early Season Racing Plans for XC Ottawa
By:  Sheila Kealey   (2012/11/25)

After many months of dryland training, XC Ottawa athletes are excited to finally start the racing season. Our main focus will be the Haywood NorAm/Canada Cup circuit, a national series that takes us to some beautiful venues, as you'll see in the pictures below. We'll fill in the racing calendar with local races, the Ontario University circuit, and the Gatineau Loppet.

Here's what we have planned for December:

CANMORE - Dec 1-2
Racing starts in Canmore, Alberta with the first NorAm of the season this weekend! We have a good contingent of athletes racing Saturday in the skate sprints, and Sunday in the individual start classic (10k/15k) races. More race details here.

Looking forward to being back in Canmore

SILVERSTAR - December 8-9
The Sovereign Lakes, BC NorAm is the following weekend. Sheila, Lee, and possibly Megan will be racing a mass start classic and interval start freestyle event.

Hard to beat the trails and scenery at Silverstar Mountain!

CRAFTSBURY - December 15-16
Some of us will be heading to Craftsbury, Vermont to race the TD Bank Eastern Cup, with Sprints on Saturday, and skate events Sunday.

Lee racing on the entirely manmade snow course in Craftsbury last year

World Cup Racing in Canada!
The BIG racing this December is the World Cups to be held in Quebec and Canmore. XC Ottawa has a chance of qualifying athletes for these events, and locally, former XC Ottawa and Nakkertok athlete Alana Thomas and Nakkertoker/National Team athlete Perrianne Jones will be racing.  Here's more info on the Quebec sprints (Dec 7-9) and Canmore races (Dec 13-16). If you can't action in person, check out CBC for live streaming of the events.

Finally, some local racing and fun for everyone! XC Ottawa organizes this post-Christmas celebration at Nakkertok, usually in the form of sprint relays. Check back for details.

And that's just December . . .  We'll be starting out the new year at a NorAm/Word Junior Trials in Thunder Bay, and are looking forward to racing the inaugural point-to-point race at the Keskinada Loppet - hoping many of you come out and join us - it's going to be epic!

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