Portland, Ontario. February 1, 2009 - Adrian Loewen of Ottawa and Susan Cameron of Edmonton were crowned the top male and female skaters in the sixth International Big Rideau Lake Speed Skating Marathon held in Portland, Ontario on Saturday. It was Loewen’s second win in Portland while it was Cameron’s first trip across the country to compete.
The sixth International Big Rideau Lake Speed Skating Marathon, also known as Skate the Lake, was held under clear skies on smooth lake ice.
Skate the Lake 6 was marked in several way, none in the least by a visit by Canadian television icon and comedian Rick Mercer of the Rick Mercer Report. The show filmed in Portland will air later this month.
"Last year we had record crowds, probably 3,000 people over the day, and this year was definitely busier. Everything went so well, the weather, the volunteer effort, the racers, it all came together,” said Portland Outdoors president Marco Smits.
Top three men 50K. 1. Adrian Loewen (Ottawa), 2. Benoit Letourneau (Ottawa), 3. Peter Doucet (Mississauga). Top 3 women 50K. 1. Susan Cameron (Edmonton), 2. Dominique Lalonde (Ottawa), 3. Suzanne Dionne (Chelsea).
Sponsors of the International Big Rideau Lake Speed Skating Marathon are The Cove Inn, Big Rideau Lake Boat Rentals, WTC Communications, Westport TIM-BR Mart, Len's Cove Marina, The Westport & Rideau Lakes Chamber of Commerce, RBC Financial Group ,The Township of Rideau Lakes, Kott Lumber, Smith Petrie Carr and Scott Insurance Brokers Ltd, Rideau Realty, Laurysen Kitchens Ltd, Leeds Transit, Rideau Insurance, Foley Mountain Mechanical, The Review-Mirror, Coldwell Banker and Go Power Sports. For full results visit http://marathonskating.org/indexe.htm