Hamilton, Haggarty win Loppet titles
The 37th annual Sleeping Giant Loppet showed some sister power.
“We ski together, we live in the same house, so we did the race together and it was way less daunting knowing that you have somebody else out there to ski with, someone who you know is your same pace,” said Daphne Haggarty, who crossed the finish line with her sister, Moira, to tag the top spots in the women’s 40-kilometre skate ski.
The siblings ski for the OUA champion Lakehead University nordic team.
Chris Hamilton, graduate of the Northern Development Centre-Thunder Bay, took the win for the men’s 40-km.
“It was a frosty one for everyone this morning. It was windy, but all in all I think everyone had a good time. We always have a good time out here at the Sleeping Giant,” said Hamilton, who was trailed by Andy Sheilds and Bob Thompson, who took second and third.
“I’ve trained with these guys I raced in with for a long time, so it felt really good to finally get one,” said Hamilton, who has skiied the 20-km course five times. The 25-year-old from Thunder Bay decided to race the longest course this year, and captured top place in his category for his first time.
Hamilton said skiing in the cold weather requires a strategic approach.
“You just have to be aware of the headwinds, when to lead and when to follow,” said Hamilton.
Instead of the typical 50-km, figure-eight course, organizers made the call to shorten the usual 50-km distance to a 40-km double loop around Marie Louise Lake due to cold weather conditions.
(For the full story and all the results of the Sleeping Giant Loppet, please see the Sunday, March 2, 2014 print edition of The Chronicle-Journal, or our Digital Epaper. You may subscribe to the electronic version by clicking at the icon at the top right corner of this page.)