|24 Hours of Lappe Results and Photos|
- By: Jim Cameron
The 2005 edition of the 24 HR relay at Lappe again was a year of records. Only one year after former NTDC coach Jussi Piirainen set a record of 387 kilometers it was bettered by vetern Werner Schwar with 407.8 Kilometers. Not far behind was rookie solo skier Jeffrey Cameron at 354.6 kilomters. Nancy Viljakainen set a new female record of 265.9 km besting the previous record held by Becky Laakso.
The distances recorded in the Lappe 24 Hour Relay are exact. A shotgun blast signals the end of the event at exactly 12 Noon. Skiers stop where they are on the ski course (typically a 4.3 Km loop) and wait for a course marshall to mark the location. This allows for the exact distance skied to be determined. This is in contrast to some other 24 hour events where participants can travel beyond 24 hours by starting their last lap before the 24 hour mark.
Near perfect snow, a full moon and a huge snow base greated the 29 teams for the annual NTDC fundraising event. Lappe's Riku Metsaranta had the fast Lappe in a hotly contested competition with Stephen Hart and Timo Puiras with a lap of 10:05.7 over the 4.3 course on Saturday night . A total of 29 teams and approximately 130 local skiers including NTDC athletes participated in the annual training center fund raising event.
Werner, who concentrated on a high fat diet both before and during the event was typically relentless. The challenge now goes back to Jussi to return to Canada in the spring of 2006 to regain the record.
The farthest distance skied in the event was 508.8 Km skied by the NTDC team of Stephen Hart, Jeff Seguin, Skeets Morel, Mallory Deyne, Kerrie Fabius and coach Eric Bailey.
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