Join us on February 29th for a 5k, 10k or 25k winter trail run race through the beautiful single and double track trails of Durham Regional Forest! With fun and flowing trails through a snow covered (possibly icy, might be chilly) environment, you are sure to enjoy being outdoors with friends.
****This is a dog-friendly event. If you would like to race with your favourite four-legged furry friend, we will have a separate wave, starting 5 minutes later.
General notes regarding racing with your dog:
- ONLY the 5k will have a dog category - no dogs allowed in the 10 and 25k.
- Your dog MUST be kept on a leash no more than 6 feet (preferably shorter). Absolutely, NO retractable leashes allowed.
- You must pick up after your dog - no exceptions, so bring your poop-bags!
- NO aggressive dogs allowed. If your dog is dog-reactive, please leave them at home. This is not the time or place to see if your dog likes other dogs.
- Dogs must be kept on at all times pre, post and during the race.
- Be aware of other runners around you and keep your dog close to you, so as to not trip up other runners or dogs.
- Please ensure your dog is properly dressed for the weather - jacket, boots or what your dog will require to keep it safe.
- It is not recommended to have your dog out for extended periods of time in -10C or below.
- The race director does have final say as to the whether dogs will be able to participate, should the weather not be conducive to their safety and wellness.
- Traction on your shoes will be mandatory should the trails be icy, so come prepared.
- Snowshoes are not allowed in the race. This is a running race.
- Bring dry warm clothes with you to change into post race. We will have pop-up change tents available for people to change.
- There is no shelter, so ensure you have clothing to keep warm, pre and post race.
- We will have volunteers at the road crossing but still be aware when crossing over from the parking area to the park.
- NO headphones or strollers/sleds allowed on course.
LOCATION AND PARKING: Durham Regional Forest is located about 45 minutes NE of Toronto, near Uxbridge. There will be minimal parking within the park itself, so either get there really early or go to directly to the parking at Lafarge, which will be across the road on the west side on Concession Road 7.
ROUTE: 5k loop, done twice for the 10k and 5 times for the 25k. The loop will include single and double track with climbing (always fun in the snow) and rollers along the way to keep it interesting.
AID STATION: There will be one aid station at the start/finish area with a minimum of water and electrolytes.
NOTE: We are a 100% cupless event. Please bring your own drinking vessel, water bottle or hydration pack.
WASHROOMS: There will be porta potties on site
AWARDS AND GIVEAWAY: Top 3 male and female finishers overall will receive an award. All participants will receive a special souvenir.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Thank you to Sue Sitki Photography, everyone will receive FREE High-Resolution Digital Images included with their race entry!!
REGISTRATION: Race kit pick up and registration will be on site near the start/finish area and open from 8:45 - 9:45am.
REFUND POLICY: Please note that once you register, if you are unable to participate for ANY reason, you will not be refunded your race registration fee, however, transfers will be allowed for a $10 fee.
OUR CHARITY PARTNER:
We are excited to have Etobicoke Humane Society (EHS) as our charity partner for Polar Paws this year.
Small Shelter, Big Heart
Our shelter might be small, but our heart is big!
EHS is an independent, all-volunteer, federally registered charity serving the Greater Toronto Area since 1987. EHS is an independent shelter. Their operations are not administered by nor funded by the OSPCA, the Toronto Humane Society, the City of Toronto Animal Services nor any other organization. EHS operations are overseen by a volunteer board of directors. Everyone involved at EHS is a volunteer, including their board of directors, shelter volunteers, office volunteers and program coordinators. EHS has no paid employees. Their services are available for cats and dogs. They are a no-kill shelter and don't euthanize for lack of space. They provide cats and dogs with an individulaized high standard of quality care, including:
- Volunteers spend hours each day individually socializing each animal
- Animals are housed in large enclosures, including climbing structures for cats
- Dogs spend approximately five hours out of their enclosures each day and usually go on walks three times daily
They moved into their new, rented facility in April 2012 on Six Point Avenue, allowing them to offer on-site sheltering and adoption. Off-site fostering is also used to further expand their services for special needs animals.
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:
This is an Athletics Ontario sanctioned event.
One loop through snowy (and possibly icy) single and double track.
CA$40.00Nov 1 – Nov 30
CA$45.00Dec 1 – Dec 31
CA$50.00Jan 1 – Feb 26
2 loops of 5k through snowy (and possibly icy) single and double track trails
CA$45.00Nov 1 – Nov 30
CA$50.00Dec 1 – Dec 31
CA$55.00Jan 1 – Feb 26
The 25k will be 5 loops of 5k, allowing you to pass by the start/finish area aid station and have a drop bag or crew to help you along the way. This will also allow you to be able to drop off excess clothing if you are getting too warm or pick up extra if it starts getting chilly out there...remember, this is winter in the Ontario, anything goes.
CA$60.00Nov 1 – Nov 30
CA$65.00Dec 1 – Dec 31
CA$75.00Jan 1 – Feb 26
- February 29 8:30 AM EST - Registration/Packet Pick Up
- February 29 10:00 AM EST - All Distances Start
- Eric D'Arcy
- +1 416-888-5525