LAKE PLACID - The 31st Lake Placid Loppet cross-country ski races will be held Saturday at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
A member of the American Ski Marathon Series, the Loppet attracts hundreds of skiers from across the United States and Canada. It consists of a 50-kilometer Loppet (31 miles) and a 25k Kort Loppet (about 15.5 miles).
Traditionally, the race has been held in early February. However, organizers decided to move the event up by one week, taking into consideration the Craftsbury, Vt. race and the desire of many skiers wanting to participate in as many Loppet races as possible during the winter.
The cost to participate in the Loppet or Kort Loppet, which includes an awards banquet, is $70 up until today. After today the cost is $80. No registration is available on race day.
There will be classic technique and free technique race starts for both the 25k and 50k races. Bib pickup will run from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday in the cross-country ski lodge.
On race day, bib pickup runs from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
The 50k classic technique race begins at 9 a.m. followed by the 25k classic race at 9:15 a.m. The 50k free technique race starts at 10 a.m. and the 25k free technique race will follow at 10:15 a.m. Each finisher will receive a commemorative pin, gold for the Loppet and silver for the Kort Loppet.
This year's event includes a free .5k kids race, for children ages 12 and under, set to get under way Friday at 6:30 p.m.. The kids' race will be held under the lights in the Cross Country Stadium with fun prizes for finishers. All participants are to register on site. All Friday events are supported by High Peaks Cyclery, which sponsors the overall event.
To register for the Lake Placid Loppet, or for more information, log on to www.active.com/winter-sports/lake-placid-ny/lake-placid-loppet-2013.