###About ORDA Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA operates Whiteface and Gore Mountain ski areas; the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; the Olympic speedskating oval, Olympic jumping complex and Olympic arena. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes, spectator and participants to the region, resulting in significant economic development. CONTACT: Jon Lundin, ORDA public relations coordinator (518) 523-1655 ext. 213 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Placid, N.Y. - The 28th annual Lake Placid Loppet, presented by High Peaks Cyclery, cross-country ski races will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Olympic Sports Complex Cross Country Ski Center. The Lake Placid Loppet has established itself as one of the best events of its kind in the country. Over the past 27 years, thousands of skiers have enjoyed skiing and racing on the challenging Mt. Van Hoevenberg trails at the Olympic Sports Complex. The Lake Placid Loppet is a proud member of the American Ski Marathon Series. This annual event, presented by High Peaks Cyclery in Lake Placid, attracts hundreds of skiers from across the United States and Canada. It consists of a 50 kilometer Loppet (30.1 miles) and a 25-kilometer Kort-Loppet (about 15 miles). There will be classic technique and free technique race starts for both the 25K and 50K races. Bib pickup will run from 3-8 p.m. in the Olympic Sports Complex Cross-Country Lodge on Friday, Feb. 5, and on race day, Feb. 6, bib pick-up runs from 7-8:30 a.m. There is no race day registration. The 50K classic technique race begins at 9 a.m. followed by the 25K classic race at 9:15 a.m. The 50K free technique race starts at 10 a.m. and the 25K free technique race will follow at 10:15 a.m. Each finisher will receive a commemorative pin, gold for the Loppet and silver for the Kort-Loppet. There will be an awards banquet at the Crowne Plaza, set to kick-off at 3 p.m. following the race; each participant will receive a ticket with their registration packet. To register for the Lake Placid Loppet, or for more information, please log on to www.lakeplacidloppet.com. For more information on ORDA venues and events log on to http://www.whitefacelakeplacid.com/.