Race Date: Sunday February 4, 2018
Start Time: 10 am EST
Location: Garnet Graham Park 98 Francis St. West Fenelon Falls Ontario Canada K0M1N0
2017 details are listed below. Stay tuned for 2018 updates!
Adults (20+) and juniors (14-19) 5k short course, 10k long course
Children (13 & under) 1k
Course: Start & Finish on Cameron Lake in front of Graham Park.
This is a chip timed event.
The 5k and 10k events will head north east along the east shore of Cameron Lake to the 2.5k marker where they will leave the lake and enter the Kawartha Lakes Rail Trail.
The 5k participants will return back to the start finish line via the rail trail and finishing on Cameron lake.
The 10k participants will exit the rail trail at the 4k mark and head east onto a single loop of rolling single track trails for approximately 5k returning to the rail trail where they will then head toward the finish line on Cameron lake.
There will be some modifcations made to both the 5k and 10k course due to low snow cover.
The modifications will be explained at the race meeting at the Fenelon Curling Club on Race Morning.
The children’s race will start and finish on Cameron Lake.
No changes planned to the children’s event.
In early February Cameron Lake is snow covered with approximately 12-18 inches of ice. Very safe for outdoor activities.
(race map – coming soon!)
Until January 29th $40.00 Adults for both the 5k and 10k; $10.00 for children under 13
January 30th to Feb 5th $50.00 adults $15.00 for children
Online Race registration closes Feb. 4th at 4pm. Please go to the registration page on this site to Register.
In person race day entries will be accepted from 8 am to 9:30 am at the Fenelon Curling Club 41 Bond St. West Fenelon Falls, Ontario. Cash or cheque with proper ID. NO Credit Card.
Race Participant Swag:
All participants will receive a bib #, souvenir finishers medal, post race refreshments and a ticket to win value draw prizes.
The overall male and female winners of the 5k and 10k events will receive a unique award and their named on a newly created custom designed annual trophy.
Medals to top 3 in each age 10 year age group for the 5k and 10k event.
20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
A limited number of rental snowshoes will be available on race morning.
Please indicate if you need rentals and your sizing when you register on line.
First come first served basis.
Early February can be a wide range of temperatures. Prepare for cold and bring several layers of breathable fabric to wear during the race. Bring a toque, gloves and warm socks. Bring a complete change of clothing for after the race as your race clothing will be cold and wet from sweat. Changing facilities will be available.
The cut off temperature will be -20c with wind chill. If it is colder than that we will delay the start until it warms up our shorten the race to reduce exposure to the elements. In extreme cold we may choose to cancel the race. The decision will be made by the race director and the local EMS on the morning of the race.
If the weather is extremely warm and the lake is not safe we will alter the course and possibly turn the event into a run. Bring running shoes with you in the event of mild weather and no snow.
Race Participant Pre-Race Preparation:
Snowshoe racing is a vigorous outdoor winter activity. You should be physically fit and be able to engage in an outdoor activity for 1 to 2 hours. Wear appropriate clothing for the weather of the day.
We advise you to do a considerable amount running and our snowshoeing in advance of the event to prepare.
If you are a beginner and not accustomed to this sort of activity you should consult your doctor before signing up.
Race Week Schedule Events:
Advance Race Package Pickup: Sweetbottoms Coffee – 19 Colbourne St. Fenelon Falls K0M1N0
Thursday Feb 2, Friday Feb. 3 from 12 noon – 4 pm, Saturday Feb 4 from noon to 4pm
Race morning late registration will be available from 8am to 9:30 am at Fenelon Curling Club 41 Bond St. Fenelon Falls.
Race morning package pickup: Fenelon Curling Club 41 Bond St, Fenelon Falls K0M1N0 – 8 am to 9:30 am
Pre-race Briefing: 9:30 am Fenelon Curling Club
Race start: 10 am on Cameron Lake at 5 minute walk from the Curling club
Post Race refreshments and Awards: Fenelon Curling Club 12 noon.
Change facilities will be available.
Snowshoe Canada Racing Rules
- Snowshoes worn in any sanctioned Snowshoe Canada event must be designed to meet or exceed 120 square inches (774.192 square centimeters) of functional surface area and can be no smaller than 7 inches (17.78 centimeters) wide by 21 inches long (53.34 centimeters).
- Correct race distance and type (packed or virgin) course must be advertised. Updated trail conditions should be posted 24 hours before the event. The course race distance should be at least 8 km, but not longer than 10 km. The short course should be at least 4 km but no longer then 5 km.
- Flags must clearly mark the course trail. As one stands beside a flag marker, the next flag must be visible. Only one colour can be used to mark the course (another colour may be used to mark off any intersections or to block off trails not in use). Arrows can be used at intersections to indicate which direction to go instead of using a second colour flag.
- Trails, whether packed or virgin, must be clear of trees, branches and debris. They must be wide enough to allow passing by other competitors.
- Course marshals shall be placed in designated spots along the trail to direct competitors.
- Coaches and spectators must remain in the designated viewing areas only and must stay off trail.
- Mass starts will be at the race director or technical delegate discretion. (In the event of over crowding the race start, a Male and Female wave may be decided)
- Snowshoes must be completely behind the start line.
- Race bib numbers must be worn on the front of each competitor and be visible at all times. Timing will be done electronically and manually. Bib numbers and time will be recorded manually in the event of an electronic failure.
- Snowshoes must be firmly attached throughout the entire snowshoe race course. In the event a competitor loses a snowshoe, he/she must step off course and reattach the snowshoe in order to finish the race.
- Racers will be given a 10 minute before race start warning, followed by a 5 minute warning to race start and every minute afterward. The timer will start the race with 30 second till start, 10 second, 5…4…3…2…1 START! For large groups, an air horn may be used.
- Disqualifications: An athlete may be disqualified if He/She interferes with another athlete purposely (stepping on the back of snowshoes, bumping, pushing). In the event that an athlete takes a wrong turn and goes off course, he/she must return to the exact point they went off course to continue or else be disqualified.
- An athlete must retire from competition immediately if ordered by a member of the appointed medical staff or race director.
- It is a requirement that at least one first aid trained volunteer/paid staff be available for any medical emergencies on the race site.
- The start line must be a minimum of 5 meters wide and continue to be at least the same width for at least the first 200 meters of the race before narrowing into single track trail. It is recommended that this first section of the course be groomed, not only to sort the field out, but also for safety.
- The trail must be a minimum of 5 meters wide for the final 50 meters to allow for passing right to the finish line
- It is recommended that passing lanes be available or that the trail widens from single track at least every 2 km to allow for passing.