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Ontario's OUTRACE series has a race for you!

The OUTRace (Ontario Ultra and Trail Race) Series is comprised of 13 races that vary in distance and terrain.  Points are automatically awarded to everyone who completes one of the races in the series.  OUTRace includes the Ontario Trail Series (OTS), Ontario Ultra Series (OUS) and the Ontario 50K Series.  Races in the Trail series are on trails and range from 25K up to 34K in distance.  The Ultra series includes timed races from 6 hours to 24 hours (you must complete more than 42.2K to be included in the ultra series) and distance races from 50K up to 200 miles (322K).  The terrain varies from trails, to pavement, to track.  The 50K series are all approximately 50K in distance and also take place on trails, pavement or track.
 
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A review of the first 7 races in the series was posted at the beginning of the season.  Click here for results.  Cool weather made for ideal running at most of these races.  With luck, the cool and wet trend will continue.  Did I just wish for more rain?  This article will provide some information regarding the final 6 races. 
 
 
The Limberlost Challenge                  Saturday July 8, 2017             Near Huntsville
 
Picture yourself running through pristine lakes and forests, wildlife abounding, on gently technical single track trails.  A trail lover's race, come out and enjoy the scenery and a savoury lunch.  Don't expect to tear up the trails at Limberlost, as the terrain is continuously changing pitch and direction.  Although Limberlost requires considerable effort, the rewards make that effort worthwhile.  You have a choice of 14K (not in the OUTRace series), 28K (OTS) and 56K (OUS).  Come join the fun.
 
 
Sri Chinmoy Ultras Ottawa                Saturday July 29, 2017           Ottawa
 
The Ottawa ultras race is comprised of several distances and timed races, run on a 400 meter track.  Pick from 6, 12 or 24 hour races, or marathon (not part of OUTRace), 50K, 100K, 200K, 50M (mile) or 100M.  Note that you must complete more than a marathon in the timed events, to be included in the Ultra Series.  Similar to Kingston, this race has many personal touches, with manual timers counting your laps.  This unique venue attracts elite runners, who are attempting to set personal or national bests.
 
 
Iroquoia Trail Test                              Saturday August 19, 2017      Burlington
 
Iroquoia is a technical trail runner's dream course.  It offers 7K, 18K and 34K (OTS) distances.  Be prepared to fully utilise your navigational and technical trail running skills at this race.  The 34K distance has been favourably compared to the effort of running a marathon and many use it as a serious test, to see if they are ready for the marathon distance.  With decent leaf cover, Iroquoia is a good race on a hot day.
 
 
Haliburton Forest Trail Run               Saturday September 9, 2017   Haliburton
 
Offering a course in the heart of a 65,000 acre forest, Haliburton has a fine mix of surfaces from gentle rolling hills on dirt roads, to technical trail.  Distances include 12K, 26K (OTS), 50 and 100 mile (OUS) and a 100 mile relay.  The course is a 40K out and back (twice for the 100 mile), so you need to pay attention to your hydration and nutrition.  Weather can vary at Haliburton, so be careful with your fashion statement.  Come out and enjoy the last series race of the summer!
 
 
Horror Trail Race                                Saturday October 28, 2017     Waterloo
 
Horror Trail is a very social race, open to humans and zombies alike.  The course is a 2.5K loop on moderately technical trail.  Short enough that you need not worry about hydration and nutrition mistakes, but long enough not to become overly repetitive.  It offers a 5K, 10K, 25K (OTS), 50K (OUS) and a 6 hour option (you must run more than 42.2K to be included in the OUS).  Many set a post-mortem PB at this race!
 
 
The Fat Ass Trail Run                         Sunday November 12             Batawa
 
Note this race takes place on a Sunday!  FATR is new to the OUTRace series, but sells out, so hop on the registrant list early.  The OUTRace Series starts by running up and down ski hills, so why not end with a bang, at the Batawa Ski hills?  FATR offers a 4K, 7.5K, 10K, 17.5K, 25K (OTS), 50K (OUS) and the “Bad Ass” 6 hour (you must run more than 42.2K to be included in the OUS).  FATR also hosts the OUTRace series awards, so stick around after your run and applaud these inspiring athletes. 
 
 
OUTRace Film Festival                     Saturday December 2, 2017   Toronto
 
Although you won't receive any points for watching the films, plan to round out your racing season by watching films featuring some of the finest athletes and destination races around the world.  There will be refreshments, spot prizes and a chance to chat with fellow runners in a relaxed environment.

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