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Hanson Hills – Cote Dame Marie Ski Loppet – January 20, 2018

The 2018 Cote Dame Marie Loppet is presented by The Grayling Recreation Authority.

This exciting Nordic Skiing Adventure will take you through the scenic hardwood trails of Hanson Hills Recreation Area, located in Grayling, Michigan

Rolling Course with outstanding grooming
Professional Timing to ensure immediate and accurate results.


Cote Dame Marie Update:

Due to poor snow conditions, Hanson Hills Recreation Area will not be able to host the annual running of the Cote Dame Marie Loppet. However, our neighbors to the north at Forbush Corners are willing to serve as temporary course host for this year’s race. To keep the MI-Cup schedule intact, we have decided to accept Forbush’s generous offer with a few modifications to our original race schedule.

This year’s race will feature the Michigan Cup Men’s and Women’s Skate Divisions only. All Classic and Citizen Races will be canceled for this year.

Registration: Registration will be from 8am-9:30am at Forbush Corners -4971 W. Co Rd 612, Frederic, MI, 49733.

Course: We will be using the Time Trial loop at Forbush that includes sections of roller coaster and badlands equaling close to a 6.5km loop. MI-Cup Men = 3 laps (19.5KM) , MI-Cup Women = 2 laps (13KM)

Wave Start Times: (All time tentative)
10:00am Michigan Cup Men (19.5KM)
10:03am Michigan Cup Women (13KM)

Chip Timing:
The Cote Dame Marie will be timed using Chip Timing technology. The chip will be attached to your bib. Please do not fold or bend the chip. There is no need to return the chip after the race.

As always let Grayling wine and dine you!!
(Enjoy Great Food Specials, and (1) FREE Beer (Souvenir pint glass) at the following sponsor locations. PADDLE HARD BREWERY, SPIKES Keg ‘O’ Nails, Tinkers Junction, XC HEADQUARTERS. New to the Menu is Tinkers Junction (next to Hanson) help make them feel welcome to the Cote Dame Program…

Saturday Afternoon Kid’s Race @ Northbound Outfitters:
A free Kid’s Race will be conducted SATURDAY, January 20, 2018, at Northbound Outfitters. Registration will be conducted from 1:00PM to 2:00 PM. RACES Start at 1:30PM. All children 15 and under are welcome to attend. Free rental skis will be available on a limited basis.

A special Note to all MI-CUP Masters World Championship participants: The best of luck to all who are making the trip to Minneapolis!!! We will have a complimentary 2017 Cote Dame Pint Glass for you at Hanson Hills when you return!! (We do not want you to have a gap in your glass collection!!)


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