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Reino Keski-Salmi LoppetJanuary 17, 2015

We are happy to introduce you to our family friendly Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet.  We have 31 years of experience in hosting this event and close to 300 volunteers keen to create another successful loppet for you.

We are really pleased with the reconfiguration of our stadium and our new ‘King’s Castle’ announcer’s booth that we introduced last year.  Overall, it is an improvement for our skiers, volunteers, and spectators alike, but as with all things new, some minor unanticipated issues arose; specifically congestion at the finish line in our younger skier categories.  To resolve this, we have created a separate 1 and 2 km course this year with its own start/finish area. This has allowed for some adjustment in the children’s and recreational skiers’ start times. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these changes by looking at the maps presented under ‘Course Info’.

Your registration fee includes a hot après ski lunch on the hill, a pool/hot tub/sauna pass, a wine and cheese reception, and an awards ceremony at the community centre in town.  You can pre-purchase tickets for the banquet that follows the award ceremony.

448 skiers of all abilities registered with us last year.  With your participation, the 2015 Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet will be an equal success.

We are part of the Kal-West Loppet Series

Ski in 4 of the 8 loppets in the series and you will be eligible for a participation prize. If you are the competitive type, points for your top three best finishes will determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each age category, male and female. Challenge yourself either against others, or to complete five loppets, or both. Support our local ski clubs, organizers, and volunteers, but most importantly, have fun!

We are the Heart Fund Loppet LET’S GET MOVING!

Being physically active is vital for good health and well-being; regular physical activity can lower your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. The Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet is your opportunity to share with friends, family and your community your own personal passion for being active and fit – for life! And, in participating in the Heart Fund Loppet, you can also raise funds for life-saving research and education that continues to protect and save lives.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon have been our affiliates since our original Larch Hills Marathon in 1985.

Submit pledges and donations in person at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre Friday, January 16th, 2015 between 3 and 8pm & Saturday, January 17th between 4 and 5pm at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre. You can also fund raise online! Follow the link below to collect pledges or to make a donation now!

Reino Keski Salmi

The Larch Hills Ski Club hosted our very first 'Larch Hills Marathon' in January 1985. The loppet name was changed in 1987 to honour and remember Reino Keski-Salmi, a founding member of our ski club and an international cross-country ski champion.

Reino was twice a Canadian champion and also a North American marathon champion. Tragically, Reino died in a helicopter crash during the summer of 1985 while working with a forest fire-fighting crew.

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