St. Joseph Island

Annual Maple Syrup Stampede

Mass start for the 2km classic race.
Mass start for the 2km classic race.
photo by Megan Byman

On Saturday Jocelyn Recreation hosted their popular Maple Syrup Stampede. An annual event, which cross country skiers of all ages look forward to each season.

The loppet offers both 2km and 7km classic races and for the skate skiers, a challenging 14km race. The Mountainview trails are hilly and offered some good speed on the downhill portions Saturday, which made the corners at the bottom interesting.

Leading the pack in both the Men's Classic and Skate division was St. Joseph Island native Greg Prodan, for the second year in a row.

Daniela Gebhart of St. Joseph Island was the only woman to competed in both events, and finished first in both the Women's 7km Classic and 14km Skate.

Racers were treated to a well deserved lunch at the Jocelyn Hall, where St. Joseph Island maple syrup is the top prize for finishers in each division. Local businesses and syrup producers generously donate to this event, so a good number of draw prizes are also given out over lunch.

Participation in the Classic division was at capacity this year, which is limited by the number of skiers the hall can hold for the post-race luncheon.

For a full list of winners and times posted click here.