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Introducing Team 2017 - The Men's Team!
By:  Team - XC Ottawa   (2016/12/01)



Small but mighty - the men's team of two covers the full spectrum of experience levels in the sport of cross country skiing. With Mark a "relative" newcomer to the sport and Karl an experienced veteran, they both provide lots of energy and dedication to the team.


What I do when I'm not skiing

Ph.D. student at the University of Ottawa (research is about the promotion of walking, cycling and public transit use in Ottawa an Helsinki)
Being “Papa”

Member of the Gatineau Loppet Board of Directors

Skiing highlights/accomplishments

World Cup national group racer, Canmore 2005
World University Games team member, 2001
World Junior Championships team member, 1996
Gatineau Loppet 53k skate winner, 2002
Jackrabbit Speed 60 badge (1987)

Favourite Ottawa-Gatineau Trail

Pleasant Valley (#34) Gatineau Park

Favourite Race

Gatineau Loppet 51k classic (point to point course!)
Amercian Birkibeiner 50 skate (point to to point course!)
Viking Loppet (Morin Heights) 32 k classic (point to point course....see a pattern?)
30k skiathlon ( seems like the best test of overall skiing ability)

Favourite Workout

Long ski or trail run in Gatineau Park. The variety and the scenery  

Personal Sponsors/Supporters


Caldwell Sport


Racing Goals for this Season

Get the most out of myself at some events including the following:
-Eastern Canadian Championships, Nakkertok
-Gatineau Loppet 51k classic
-American Birkebeiner 50k skate

Favourite Quote

Do you feel lucky, punk? I counted, and you fired six shots, so yeah, definitely.


I blog about sustainable, active transportation, especially in places with winter.


What I do when I'm not skiing

When I'm not skiing, I'm substitute teaching throughout the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board  :)

Skiing highlights/accomplishments

Competing at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden

Competing in the 2016 FIS World Cup Ski Tour Canada

Favourite Ottawa-Gatineau Trail

The Penguin climb to Ridge Road and eventually returning on Burma.

Favourite Race

Any race where I feel I've raced to my potential that day.

Favourite Workout

Variety is the key for me. So no one workout can become a favourite.

Racing Goals for this Season

Competing at the 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland

Qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeonChang, South Korea.

Personal Sponsors

Alpina Boots

Rossignol Skis

Exel Poles

Apogee Sports

Jessica Spring, Illustration and Design

Social Media

Website: http://markrajacktto.wixsite.com/markrajacktto

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MarkRajackTTO/



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