THE NORDIK SPA-NATURE RECOGNITION PROGRAM 2020

As a GOLD Partner of the Gatineau Loppet, Nordik Spa-Nature actively
contributes to elite athletes’ health and wellness with this
recognition program designed for them.

How to join the program?  Athletes must register and complete two long ski races (25 km +) at a single edition of the Gatineau Loppet, over a three-year period.

A changing logo: Skiers in the Recognition Program are identified by the changing Nordik Spa-Nature logo on their race bib.

“Nordik Skier”: Once participants have completed the full Recognition Program (3 years), they will earn the title of “Nordik Skier” and enjoy many privileges at Nordik Spa-Nature.

LEGEND’S PATH

The Legend’s Path is the name used by the Gatineau Loppet to designate
its hall of fame. It honours individuals and organizations which have
marked the Gatineau Loppet, helped develop or spread the word about the
event or cross-country skiing in general.

An individual or organization inducted in the Legend’s Path is recognised
for its contribution as a participant, through volunteer work or
sponsorships/donations, as ambassadors or any other way deemed
acceptable by the Recognition and Retention Committee.

2019

Malcom Hunter
Mr. Malcolm Hunter was the Canadian leading male cross-skier at the 1972 Olympics. He won the 1969 Junior Championships and also won the Canadian Senior Championships that year. The sport has remained a big part of his life; he has been a ski coach, a trail consultant for the National Capital Commission, Executive Director of Cross Country Canada, an active volunteer with the Gatineau Loppet and former member of its Board of Directors. He has been a true ambassador of the event for several years. Mr. Hunter released a book entitled The Trail Beckons: 100 Years of Cross-Country Skiing in the Gatineau, which recounts the history of cross-country skiing over the past 100 years in the Gatineau region.

2018

Richard Weber
One of the world’s pre-eminent polar explorers with more than 60 completed Arctic, North and South Pole expeditions, Richard is the Founder of Weber Arctic. His long and diverse list of polar firsts and record-making accomplishments include: The first surface crossing of the Arctic Ocean from Russia to Canada; the first snowshoe trek; and in 1995 the first (and only) unsupported return trip to the North Pole. Richard began working in Arctic tourism in 1993 when he guided the world’s first commercial trek to the North Pole, and conducted hiking and kayaking trips on Baffin Island. To date, Richard has the distinction of having the most successful treks to the North Pole of anyone in history.

2017

Pierre Harvey
Prior to making a name for himself on the Cross-Country World Cup Circuit, Pierre Harvey made his mark in cycling. In 1984, he became the first Canadian to take part in two Olympic events the same year, competing in the Sarajevo Winter Games and the Los Angeles Summer Games, where he did his last road bike race.

2016

Claude Laramée
Mr. Laramée has been involved in the Gatineau Loppet since 1994, and has held several key positions in the organization, including those of President, Treasurer, Chief of Course and Race Director. His passion, his ability to get people on board, his tremendous skills and, most of all, his perceptiveness, have contributed to the development of the Gatineau Loppet and of cross-country skiing in general in the area. It is worth underlining, among other things, his part in the development of the 51 km linear classic, in bringing clubs and associations together with the Gatineau Loppet and in bringing Ski Tour Canada to Gatineau.

2015

Evelyne Stone
In January 2000, Ms. Stone was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and a year later she received a stem cell transplant. To help with her recovery, Evelyne decided to train for the 10 km race in the 2002 Gatineau Loppet. She soon realized that she could turn this initiative into a fundraising event for LITTLE ANGELS, a charitable initiative that provides financial assistance to patients who recently received blood cancer treatment at the Ottawa Hospital. The funds help patients facing financial constraints by covering non-medical expenses such as travel, parking and child care.

OVER THE LAST 13 YEARS, EVELYNE HAS RECRUITED A TOTAL OF 594 SKIERS, WHO HAVE COLLECTED MORE THAN $252,000 FOR THE LITTLE ANGELS FUND.

2014

  • Club Skinouk, which has launched countless initiatives that have greatly benefited the Gatineau Loppet and cross-country skiing in the Outaouais.
  • Jacques Dumont, currently vice-president, and highly involved volunteer with Club Skinouk since the late 1980s.
  • Pierre Trudeau and Michel Pellerin, two active volunteers who have worked tirelessly to bring about the Relais plein air project in Gatineau Park.

2013

Sheila Kealey
The first legend in the history of the Gatineau Loppet has made it to the podium six times, including twice to the top rung, for long distance races in the event.In 2010, she also won the 27 km freestyle. She finished 16 times among the top 5 in the women’s races, and took part in 25 Gatineau Loppet races, including the current edition.

Ms. Kealey is an avid sportswoman, with a particular fondness for endurance sports, and a promoter of healthy living. She is grateful for the support of the XC Ottawa racing team and Rossignol, which enable her to do the NorAm Canada Cup races. She is particularly keen on the longer races, such as those of the Gatineau Loppet. She also runs, bikes, and is a triathlete who eagerly promotes physical activity among young people as a coach with the Nakkertok Cross-Country Ski Club.

 

VETERANS CLUB

The Veterans Club recognizes participants who have taken part in at least 35 middle or long distance Gatineau Loppet races. If anyone can tell the story of the Gatineau Loppet, it’s them! They are part of it, have shaped it and have often played a key role in it.

By conferring upon them the title of VETERAN, the Gatineau Loppet thanks them for their tenacity and loyalty to the event.

 2019

  • Jacques Dumont (Gatineau QC)
    35 Gatineau Loppet races
  • Omer Majeed (Ottawa ON)
    35 Gatineau Loppet races

2018

  • Brian Ray (Chelsea QC)
    36 Gatineau Loppet races
  • Anthony Leaning (Ottawa ON)
    36 Gatineau Loppet races
  • Tom Kemp (Carleton Place ON)
    37 Gatineau Loppet races

 

2017

  • Claude Marchand (Chelsea QC)
    35 Gatineau Loppet races

2016

  • Roger Thivierge (St-Bruno QC)
    35 Gatineau Loppet races

2015

  • Ed Cottell (Nepean ON)
    35 Gatineau Loppet races

2014

  • Phil Shaw (Rosemère QC)
    38 Gatineau Loppet races
  • John Skopek (Syracuse USA)
    36 Gatineau Loppet races
  • Lorne Runge (Dewith USA)
    35 Gatineau Loppet races

2013