Toronto area gets a new winter trail running event

Polar Paws is set for scenic Durham Regional Forest on March 2

There is an exciting new winter trail running event in Southern Ontario, and it’s an opportunity for local racers to tromp the snowy grounds of the very pretty Durham Regional Forest near Uxbridge.

The Polar Paws 5K and 10K Winter Trail Run is slated for March 2 and will feature fun and flowy trails of single- and double-track.

Event organizer Eric D’Arcy of Crazy Cat Adventures was inspired to create the event because there seemed to be a shortage of trail runs in the chilly season.

“We noticed that there aren’t many winter trail racing events and we wanted to change that, and we wanted to share our love of the trail with others in all seasons,” he says. “We love the community and wanted to create another opportunity for having fun in nature.”

D’Arcy has been race directing for 14 years. He is the RD for the Ontario 5 Peaks Trail Race series as well as a MultiSport coach at Limitless Coaching. His partner Sue, who co-founded the race, is a professional sports photographer and loves to play on the trails all year.

“We both love interacting with people and seeing them have a great experience at events, as well as forming lasting friendships and creating treasured memories,” says D’Arcy. “The trail family is made up of laid back, fun-loving and kind people, who generously give back to their communities.”

In addition to having a hankering for trail running, the fine folks at Crazy Cat are also huge animal lovers. Hosting a race is also an opportunity to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the animal rescue community.

Polar Paws will help support Rescue Foodie, says D’Arcy. An organization that supports animal rescue, shelters and foster organizations in the form of donated cat and dog food.

Durham Regional Forest is a scenic park north of Pickering and easily accessible for GTA residents with plenty of trails that snake around rolling hills studded the hardwood trees and wetlands.

Polar Paws participants will have access to high-resolution digital race images to keep the social media feeds buzzing with excitement in addition to prizing, giveaways from sponsors and a special edition winter toque.

“This will be a fun winter trail event that will challenge runners with seasonal conditions and surfaces,” says D’Arcy. “It’s a perfect opportunity to break out of the winter blahs and have a good time with friends.”



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