The Prince Albert Ski Club is now accepting registrations for its annual Cosmo Classic Loppet event at Little Red River Park on Feb. 9.
Organizers of this year’s Loppet decided to move the event’s date up a few weeks in an attempt to have more preferable weather conditions than last year.
Last year’s event, held on Jan. 20, saw 38 cross-country skiers soldier through conditions of -22 C with severe wind chill, said chairman of the organizing committee Bernie Dupuis.
Dupuis hopes for better weather this year and that people will come out for the “fresh air, friends and exercise.”
The Loppet raised more than $3,300 last year with all proceeds donated to the Cosmopolitan Foundation for Diabetes.
This year, in addition to diabetes donations, those making pledges to participants will have the option of making a donation towards the repair of Little Red River Park, which was severely damaged by flooding this summer.
Estimating the cost of repairs to the park to be quite large, Dupuis hopes the Loppet will contribute to getting the park back to its original condition.
“What we raise will just be a drop in the bucket,” Dupuis said. “Hopefully there will be enough drops, from us and other sources, to fill that bucket. The amount of work that needs to be done to get everything back into shape out there is in the tens of thousands.”
With adequate weather conditions and heavy promotion of the event, Dupuis estimates the Loppet to bring in over $5,000 this year.
Dupuis urges potential participants to register early and take fundraising seriously.
Registration is now open and those interested can register online at paskiclub.ca.