2017 Canadian National Snowshoe Championships
To be hosted at Craigleith in the Town of Blue Mountains near Collingwood, Ontario
The race will feature some of the best snowshoe runners in the country on 5km and 10km courses, with the Ladies’ and Men’s National Champions being determined in the open division at both distances.
This event is open to the public, and online registration will commence on November 1, 2016. Two other high profile snowshoe races will take place here in the east, with the North American Continental Championships on Friday March 3rd 2017 in Quebec City, and the WWSF World Snowshoe Championships February 25-26, 2017 in Saranac Lake in upstate New York. This is a landmark year for snowshoeing with national, continental, and World championships being held in easy driving distance from one another.
“We are thrilled to be working with Craigleith to stage this prestigious championship event for the first time in Ontario. We look forward to making it the best event ever”, commented David Robinson VP with Snowshoe Canada.
The Canadian Championship at Craigleith will also be a part of the Snowshoe Canada inaugural Ontario Cup Series with 4 races including Fenelon Falls, Albion Hills, Caledon, Craigleith, Collingwood and Hardwood Hills, Barrie, Ontario.
The Craigleith Ski Club, a private facility on the Niagara Escarpment, has been a leader in the local snowshoeing community, hosting the Switchback Challenge snowshoe event for the past 12 years, and maintaining an extensive trail system for its members on the property, with easy access to The Bruce Trail, and other routes maintained by neighbouring Alpine Ski Club. The 5km and 10km routes that were established for the Switchback Challenge will be used for the national championships, and will offer participants a true test of their fitness and endurance. Both courses feature a 1.5km climb from the start/finish line to the top of the Niagara Escarpment, before winding their way through forested trails, and returning home.
Registration for the event is available online at www.craigleith.com and at www.raceroster.com/10440, or in person at the Craigleith Ski Club.