Polar Paws trail race back with more winter running fun

Now with Ontario's only 25K winter trail running option

Polar Paws winter trail race is back for its second annual winter trail running event on Feb. 29 at Durham Regional Forest in Uxbridge. 

This year, the team at Crazy Paws Adventures is excited to introduce Ontario’s only 25k winter trail running option to the already fun 5k and 10k distances. This is a 5k loop on snowy double and single track with rolling hills — always a fun challenge in the snow.

Event organizer and race director Eric D’Arcy of Crazy Cat Adventures was inspired to create the event because of 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.”

Jeff Rowthorn is a veteran Ontario runner who ran the 10k Polar Paws last year and is set to return again in 2020. He enjoys the opportunity to reconnect with other runners during the winter that he usually only sees when the trails are muddy or dry. 

“The event, which is one of only a few Ontario winter trail races, provides an opportunity for runners to re-connect with their ‘trail family’ and helps runners remain motivated to get outside and train during the long Canadian winter,” he says.

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

D’Arcy has been a race director 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. 

The veteran organizers behind the race and the beauty of this area are highlights for Rowthorn. 

“The event is well-organized and well-supported, and it’s put on by an experienced race director,” Rowthorn says. “The trails of the Durham Regional forest are absolutely magical and serene in the winter.”

And, 5K runners can bring their dogs!

With a portion of proceeds going to Etobicoke Humane Society, D’Arcy felt it only natural that they introduce a dog-friendly 5k option. 

“So, bring your pooch and let them enjoy the run as well!” he says.

All Polar Paws participants will receive professional, high-resolution digital race images from Sue Sitki Photography. So be sure to wear something colourful, in addition to your smile! 

The event also includes prizing from sponsors as well as giveaways and a sweet pair of Crazy Cat Adventures socks (featuring their mascot, Marvin) for your paws!

To register go to Race Roster.


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