Événements Nordiques Gatineau Nordic Events (ENGNE) and its organizing committee will host the first part of the Eastern Canada Cup cross- country ski race series this weekend, December 15-17, at Nakkertok Nordic Centre. The event is made possible by our artificial snow loop, the Nakkertrak, which has been accessible for several weeks now.
More than 610 skiers are registered from over 50 clubs in Eastern Canada and beyond. There are athletes from 6 Canadian provinces/territories and 6 countries, including the USA and also from the Thunder Bay and Quebec National Training Centres. Local favourites include Anna Stewart and Clara Hegan of Nakkertok in the women’s event.
In the men’s races, local Nakkertok athlete Luke Allan should be in contention for a place on the podium.
Over $11,000 in prize money is up for grabs and will be awarded to the overall winners of the open categories. The money is generously donated by former Canadian national team coach Marty Hall and his wife Kathy, A Hall Mark of Excellence Award and ENGNE.
Pierre Millette, Event Chair declared:” With over 600 skiers registered to the races, the Candy Cane Cup has proven to be a must for skiers from Quebec and Ontario. I have a full trust in our volunteers that they will deliver a high-quality event.”
Racing begins with sprints on Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Nakkertok NordicCentre (South), 900 avenue Gatineau, Gatineau. Racing resumes on Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m.