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2012 - St Lawrence Speed Skating Club
Dec 212012

From the good people at Portland Outdoors:


Skate The Lake

Saturday January 26th, 2013

Skate the Lake 2013 is gearing up for another fun filled event, Sat Jan 26th 2013. Be sure to check out our new website for more exciting things being planned, our new website is;


Listed below is the program of races and fee’s involved, pre-register and save yourself some money

Race                      Pre-registration Fee                       Register Day of the event
Junior 5K                 Free
5K Adults                 $15.00                                                   $20.00
10K                         $20.00                                                   $25.00
25K                         $45.00                                                   $50.00   25K & 50K will start at the same time
50K                         $45.00                                                   $50.00
Special Olympic Race                                                            Free
Relay race                                                           Team fee is $35.00           Team costumes encouraged

Pre-registration closes Thursday Night Jan 25th ‘13

Registration forms are attached to this e-mail please print off and complete then scan and send back to registration@portlandoutdoors.com or you can fax to 1 866 300-8914

The schedule for the various races will be posted on line shortly.

Make plans to stay and enjoy the best fireworks display in the area that takes place at dusk.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Ken Maxwell

Registration Committee


Here are the registration pdf files (also available on their registration web page).

STL 2013 Kids Registration Form – Bilingual

STL 2013 Registration Form – Bilingual -Revised w 50km

Relay STL2013 Registration Form

 Posted by at 8:38 pm
Dec 202012

Just a reminder that the Wednesday ice will switch starting on Wednesday January 9th.

From the Schedule Page:

Wednesday (Sept – Dec)                 Wednesday (Jan – Mar)
4:30-5:25 pm     Youth 2 / Masters      4:30-5:25 pm     Competitive
5:25-6:20 pm     Competitive               5:25-6:20 pm     Youth 2 / Masters

 Posted by at 8:27 pm
Dec 192012

Olympic Ovals with Refrigerated Ice

Quebec City and Lake Placid

The first two marathon events took place in mid-November in Quebec City and Lake Placid in early December. Rusty skates and rusty skaters took part in the opening events at the Gaetan Boucher oval in St Foy, PQ. Conditions were mild but the ice was excellent. The regular season participants didn’t have a chance against the young hotshots from Quebec who have been training on this wonderful facility for quite some time. They blew us all away in both events. There was a strong contingent from Ottawa and as usual Suzanne Dionne showed well in the overall women’s category. The half marathon of 21km was held Saturday evening with a follow-up one hour challenge race on the Sunday morning. This skater, although disappointed with his slow times, placed second and third in his age category in these two events, and has never being able to come close to matching the superb skating of the winner of both events in my age category, Yves Garneau (69 years) of Quebec City who consistently skates times that challenge skaters 15-20 years his junior. Once again, I was the only SLSSC member to attend this wonderful event. And what is there that isn’t to like about Quebec City?

On the December 7th weekend Heidi and I travelled to Lake Placid to take in the Golden Skate marathons on the famous Lake Placid Oval. The registration of 134 entries for the three events was largest turnout of any marathon event in recent years. Being somewhat intimidated with all of the distance to cover over the weekend Heidi signed up only for the Saturday morning 21 km (already familiar with the distance from last January’s Bytown Marathon) but I was able to convince her that the Friday evening 10km would be the perfect warm up for the next morning (heh, heh). She took the bait and in both events did quite well for a Lake Placid first timer on near perfect ice. Now I had to convince her that because she had to hang around on Sunday morning while I competed in the 42 km she may as well give it a go and see what she could accomplish. Well, congratulations are in order, she completed the 42 km (a total of 73 km for the weekend) and now we have another club member infected with the marathon bug. I also competed in all three races and although there was a large field in my category (10 of the grey power set) I managed to capture a couple of third place finishes (10km and 42km) with very satisfying times. The highlight of the weekend was the strong second place finish of Kevin Frost of Ottawa in the 40s age category. This was an outstanding performance by Kevin who is legally blind.

After the Christmas break we move to natural ice conditions with the Bytown (Ottawa) Marathon in mid-January followed by Portland on the last Saturday of the month. In February the marathon circuit goes out west with five events in Alberta including a 100km event at Sylvan Lake.

 Posted by at 8:13 pm
Dec 182012

This Saturday Dec 22nd, you are invited to join us for our Mini Meet and Games Day. It’s a fun time to socialize with the entire club and skate to our hearts content!

Bring your skates, a potluck snack to share, your appetite, and your sense of fun!  Bring a friend and your family to join us for a group skate at the end of our program. Family and friends should bring their own skates and helmets.

The morning will be roughly broken into the following activities:

7:00-8:00 am   Lots of Laps with John Ambrose! (Y2 and above)

8:00-9:30 am   Races for all ages, in competition style format. Great for learning the ropes!

9:30- 9:45 am  Refreshments and Zamboni

9:45-11:00 am  Reindeer Games (Groups of approx. 20 skaters on the ice for various games, sign up for your favorite when you arrive. Family members wanting to participate in any game activity should have helmets and gloves of  some kind).

11:00-12:00 am  Family and Friend Skate

 Posted by at 8:05 pm
Dec 142012

Here are the changes to the standard schedule over the Christmas season.reindeer_skating2

Saturday Dec 22nd:  Club mini-meet and fun day.  Ice time is 7:00 am – noon.  Details to follow.

Sunday Dec 23rd:  Normal ice time, normal groupings.

Tuesday Dec 25th:  Ice cancelled.

Wednesday Dec 26th:  Ice cancelled.

Sunday Dec 30th:  Ice cancelled.

Tuesday Jan 1st:  Ice cancelled.

Wednesday Jan 2nd:  Ice cancelled.

Sunday Jan 6th: Normal ice time, normal groupings.

These changes have also been added to the Practice Schedule page.

 Posted by at 8:38 pm
Dec 122012

Here are some pictures from the Belleville meet.


 Posted by at 10:22 pm
Nov 152012

Reminder as the cold weather approaches:
“Short track blades are intended for use only on indoor short tracks at practice and sanctioned competitions. Any damage to club blades when used on outdoor natural ice will be the financial responsibility of the skater.”

 Posted by at 7:38 pm