DON ALLEN SASKALOPPET

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Registration & Refunds

Registration opens: TBA 2020.  Registration for all Saskaloppet events will be online at www.zone4.ca.   Search "La Ronge Don Allen Saskaloppet 2020" or "La Ronge Don Allen Saskaloppet Kupesewin 2020" (for the 2-day Kupesewin events).  Event options and fees will be set out in the online registration form.

Registration deadline: TBA (no registration on-site)

 

Refunds: In the event that organizers cancel any event, or reject a previously accepted application, they reserve the right to keep a portion of the fees to cover costs incurred. They reserve the right to cancel or alter any or all events, at any time, without notice or liability.

Route Options

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  • 2-km ORANO Jackrabbit Glide

  • 7-km ORANO Lake Challenge 

  • 12-km Eagle Point Precambrian Passage 

  • 20-km Air Ronge Challenge  

  • 38-km Raven's Tradition 

  • 56-km Sask Energy Enduro

  • 52-km and 77-km Robertson Trading Kupesewin

General Notes:

  1. All events start on the ice in front of the La Ronge Legion Hall, 1400 La Ronge Avenue. 

  2. All trails will be groomed for skating and classic skiing. 

  3. Checkpoints are located every four to nine kilometers and have radio contact, first aid, toilets, beverages, food, a campfire and friendly volunteers. 

  4. There will be awards for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place skiers in each age category and event, except for the Jackrabbit Glide, which provides an award for each young skier.

Course Map

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Bib Pick-up

Skiers in the main Saturday events may pick up their race package and bib at the Meet & Greet reception on Friday evening from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m., at the La Ronge Legion Hall.  Or, they can pick up their race package and bib  on Saturday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the La Ronge Legion.

Checkpoints

Friendly volunteers at conveniently located checkpoints provide food, refreshments, shelter, encouragement, a warm fire, First Aid and toilets. If necessary, you may leave the trail at any checkpoint and be transported back to La Ronge. Be sure to dress appropriately for winter conditions. Check points are marked on the Course Map above.

Results

The Don Allen Saskaloppet is a timed event.  Finish times are all recorded on skiers’ finishing certificates.  Finish times will also be posted on www.zone4.ca and posted on the La Ronge Ski Club's race results web page.

  • Click here for 2020 results

  • Click here for past results

Awards Banquet

The post-Saskaloppet banquet celebrates the top skiiers with an evening of awards and music hosted by the La Ronge Arts Council.  It all takes place at the beautiful Eagle Point Event Centre.  Tickets are available to purchase when registering online for the Saskaloppet.  More details to come.

Contact

For more information, contact Saskaloppet Chair Dorothy Looyestein at (306) 425-7328 (days) or (306) 425-2807 (evenings) or e-mail dmacauley@sasktel.net

History

After the La Ronge Ski Club was formed in the early 1970's, Club membership grew and Club volunteers began cutting trails by hand. The late Don Allen of English Bay was instrumental in this early trail development. With help from friends such as Guy Niven, George Searson, and Vern Studer, Don soon had a network of trails running through the boreal forest north of La Ronge.

 

By the fall of 1982, Don and his friends decided that La Ronge was ready for its own loppet and plans were put in place to run the inaugural Saskaloppet the following spring. A great deal of work had to be done to get the rough local trails ready for visitors, but many volunteer hours accomplished the task. The first Saskaloppet went ahead on March 20, 1983, with 120 skiers signing up for the only distance category available - a ski of 50 kilometres. The event was a huge success, and the Saskaloppet was on its way to becoming the premier loppet in Saskatchewan.

 

Sadly, Don Allen, the driving force that gave life to the first Saskaloppet, did not live to see the Saskaloppet grow through the years. In 1983, he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour, and he died on March 13th, 1984, just a week before the 2nd Saskaloppet. That year, his son Vern, racing against the best skiers in the province, crossed the finish line in 1st place.

 

Over the years, the Saskaloppet, now named in Don Allen's memory, has grown from a single distance event to one that offers skiers a broad range of choices.

La Ronge Nordic Ski Club (c) 2019

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