The 36th annual Sleeping Giant Loppet was held at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park on March 4. Over 800 skiers registered for the 50 km, 35 km, 20 km and 8 km events. This year the Number 1 bib was presented to recently retired Park Superintendent Al Comeau. Al skied the 50 km event, placing 23rd overall and first in his 60-64 age group.
In his years as Superintendent, Al was known for sleeping on his office floor the night before the Loppet, helping with parking and set-up in the early morning, then quickly changing into his race suit to get to the starting line just in time for the start.
The Sleeping Giant Loppet attracts skiers from all over Ontario, the rest of Canada and the northern states of Minnesota and Wisconsin. It includes the elite skiers of the Canadian Nordic Development team as well as families bringing out their young jackrabbit participants for their first 8 km Loppet.
Sleeping Giant usually enjoys great skiing conditions throughout March. If you are planning an overnight visit, the park has family cabins for rent where the ski trails begin right at your door step. Call 807-977-2526 to make a reservation.
Al Comeau crosses the finish line.
Photo Credit: John Sims