The Eastern Ontario region, for one reason or another, has traditionally not been a hotbed for snowshoe racing. In the past, we have had to travel mostly to the North-East U.S. to find races.
With the increased popularity of snowshoeing and snowshoe racing, this is changing very quickly. This winter we now have our choice of seven different snowshoe races within a three hour drive. This is very exciting for snowshoe racers in our region.
Races scheduled include the Mad Trapper Series which is just north of Ottawa, ON; Muskoka Loppet Snowshoe Race in Huntsville, ON; and the popular Snowshoe Raid Adventure Race in Barrie, ON which is the largest snowshoe event in Eastern Canada.
In addition to all of these great events, Sara and I are thrilled to be organizing the first Frontenac 8km Snowshoe Race in beautiful Frontenac Provincial Park on January 23. Frontenac Park is our favourite place to run year round and we are very excited about showcasing this bit of paradise and sharing it with other snowshoe runners for the first time.
We’ve been busy with plans and permits, and everything is coming together nicely for the race. Mother Nature has even co-operated and has dumped plenty for fresh snow on us for near perfect conditions. The course will be a combination of wide trail at the beginning to allow for a good start, but then will narrow down to some challenging sweet single track that winds through our beloved Canadian Shield.
With so many great events this winter, there is no reason not to get your fix of some great snowshoe racing. Check out the extensive Snowshoe Magazine Race Calendar for details on these races and many more.
See you on the trails.