Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet

January 16, 2016

Planning and preparations for our 32nd annual Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet are under way!  The Larch Hills Nordic Society welcomes you once again to ski with us.

Last year, to success, we created a new, separate course for our youngest skiers.  This year, in response to the growing numbers and the competitiveness of our Junior Race Team, the class A3/4 start time will be immediately after the adult competitive classes, allowing the young speedsters to reach their turn off junction before the recreation classes catch up. They will share the start line and the first 200 metres with the R30 skiers.  Please consult the maps and take note of the start times and race routes.

As usual, a complementary hot après ski lunch will be served on the hill followed by a swim, sauna, and hot tub at the Salmon Arm Community Centre.   We will repeat our successful new format of ‘Appy Hour, Awards, and A Chance to Dance’ which we introduced last year.  Complementary appetizers will be available that you may supplement with purchased pizza and beverage for a casual supper while you mingle and socialize with fellow skiers, volunteers, and family. A live band will play from 6 pm to 8 pm.  We hope you will join us.

We are part of the Kal-West Loppet Series

Ski in 4 of the 5 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 four (or more) loppets, or both. Support our local ski clubs, organizers, and volunteers, but most importantly, have fun

We are the Heart Fund Loppet

Together we will make it happen

  • From coast to coast, we are aligned in the Foundation’s mission to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery.
  • We are focused on achieving 2 key impact goals:
    • By 2020, we will significantly improve the health of Canadians by decreasing their risk factors for heart disease and stroke by 10 per cent.
    • By 2020, we will reduce Canadians’ rate of death from heart disease and stroke by 25 per cent.
  • Our FAST Signs of Stroke campaign is an example of working together. This consistent, strong message is amplified across the country to save lives!

What our donors have made possible

  • To date, $1.4 billion invested in heart disease and stroke research – second only to the federal government in funding heart and stroke research
  • We fund the very best research with the potential to make history
  • We have made incredible progress in improving the heart health of Canadians. 95 per cent of Canadians who have a heart attack will now survive.
  • Since the Foundation’ inception in 1952, the death rate from heart disease and stroke has declined by more than 75%.

Together we will create more survivors

FUNDRAISE ONLINE – It’s fast and easy. Go to FIT FOR HEART to register and send your donation requests out to family and friends! A printable pledge form to collect pledges in person is available online also!

You may also add your donation onto your loppet registration and we will forward it to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Submit in-person pledges and donations  at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre Friday, January 15th, 2016 between 3 and 7 pm at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre.

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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