Are you ready for the Polar Vortex Challenge?  Strap on your snowshoes, lace up your skates, sharpen those blades on your sledge.  Time to build up those kilometres to PyeongChang.

Start your Challenge events with the Polar Vortex Skate 5K or 10K on January 21st. 

Come back on February 4th for the Skate-Snowshoe-Run Polar Vortex Triathlon.

Then do the Polar Vortex Skate 25K or the Polar Vortex Sledge 3K on February 11th.

Complete a qualifying event on two of the three weekends and cop some special Polar Vortex Challenge swag.  Registration will be capped at 150 for all three events and at 60 for any one event.  So if registration is high in the other events this one  may have very limited openings.

Or just for fun, do the Polar Vortex 3K (remember, adults must be accompanied by a child).

Participants can use any types of skates, or a hockey sledge.  There will be separate classes for different skate types.

Registration Fees

Polar Vortex Skate 5K Closed

Competitive, counts towards Polar Vortex Challenge. Minimum age 10 for this event.

Polar Vortex Skate 10K Closed

Competitive, counts towards Polar Vortex Challenge. Minimum age 15 for this event.

Polar Vortex Skate 3K Closed

Non-competitive, does not count toward Polar Vortex Challenge. Adult participants must be accompanied by a competing child!

RACING RULES

Special rules for marathon events:

Overtaking Skaters


a) Skaters must keep left all the time (keep his/her lane on the left side of the track) and passing will be on the right.


b) Skaters who are behind the leader in a pack must move ahead and take the lead, if the lead skater pulls outside and relinquishes the lead.


c) Drafting is allowed even when skaters are being lapped.  The yelling of ‘Track’ is discouraged for safety reasons.

Event Schedule

  • January 19 11:59 PM AST - Registration closes

  • January 21 7:00 AM AST - Warm up ice time

  • January 21 7:30 AM AST - Check-in and issue of timing chips for 5 K

  • January 21 7:45 AM AST - Ice maintenance

  • January 21 8:00 AM AST - Start of Polar Vortex Skate 5K

  • January 21 8:15 AM AST - Check-in and issue of timing chips for 10K

  • January 21 8:45 AM AST - Start of Polar Vortex Skate 10K

  • January 21 9:45 AM AST - Check-in and issue of timing chips for 3K

  • January 21 10:00 AM AST - Start of Polar Vortex 3K

Contact Information

Event Location

Emera Oval, Cogswell Street, Halifax, NS, Canada

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