Sunday, February 12, 2012

The City of Lakes Loppet

 Last weekend was the City of Lakes Loppet, which is our local Minneapolis ski marathon. The race is supposed to meander through the woods of Theodore Wirth and across the Lakes towards Uptown. However, this year we are experiencing our lowest snowfall EVER! in Minneapolis and the race had to be held on a 3.3K Snow-making loop!

On a positive note...having the race start and finish at Wirth meant that I could ride my bike to the start and back home. Brian and I live a short 6 blocks from the start line :)

Learning to ride with ski poles!

The City of Lakes Loppet brings lots of events to the area. The weekend is jam packed with winter outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, Broom-ball, ice biking, skijoring and of course cross country skiing. This year featured a sit ski race for both disabled and abled bodied skiers. There was a Paralympic World Cup held at Theodore Wirth Park the previous week and many of the athletes stayed to participate in the Loppet events too. Brian competed  in the sit ski race and quickly learned that these Paralympic athletes are incredibly strong and talented.
Simya, Tajee, Brian and I after the race. Brian was last!

Simya, Heather and Tajee came over to Theo Wirth from Harrison to participate in the events. 

Brian and I after the race! Happy and Tired!

It was great to have the girls from Harrsion come to the Loppet. Lahti got a chance to race too and so they helped me work with him and the skier he was skijoring with. The girls had a blast and I can't wait to be in town a few more weeks to hang out with the new girls Youthline program at Harrison. It has been a while since we have had the girls group together and I can hardly wait!

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