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Kangaroo Hoppet kicks off Worldloppet 2008/09 season

Fri, Aug  29, 2008 - By FIS

Kangaroo Hoppet cross country ski raceThe 2008/2009 season of Worldloppet will get underway on 30th August 2008 with the Kangaroo Hoppet . The Kangaroo Hoppet is the Australian representative in the Worldloppet series of ski marathons in which only one race from each country may belong. With the acceptance of the Polish race of Bieg Piastow, this season's Worldloppet will, for the first time, feature 15 races in 15 countries on four continents. The 21km & 42 km free technique races at Falls Creek (AUS) will offer excellent conditions as Australia is enjoying one of the best winters in memory.

[Hoppet snow condition report from 8/28: "68km of trails groomed yesterday with grooming continuing today. Trails are in excellent condition with an excellent cover of packed snow. Groomers pick is the Hoppet course and the Lake Loop. Night sprints this Thursday evening and the Kangaroo Hoppet this weekend."]

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