Sporting events at Ontario Parks

August 26th, 2014 by Ontario Parks Leave a reply »

All kinds of sporting events are held at Ontario Parks every year. Trail runs, road races, triathlons, cycling events, cross-country ski events, and even a hiker’s challenge. At least one of the running events is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Check the Ontario Parks’ calendar of events for listings.  New events are added all the time.  Friends volunteer organizations plan many of the sporting events and often have event information on their websites.

Below are fall events planned for 2014. If you are looking for a new place to run, check out Trail running at Ontario Parks 

September 1- October 31, 2014 Frontenac Provincial Park 

Frontenac Provincial Park offers several fall events that take advantage of its outstanding trail network.

The Frontenac Challenge:  Organized by the Friends of Frontenac, this annual fall event encourages hikers to enjoy Frontenac’s fall colours by hiking each of its 11 main hiking loops that form the challenge between September 1- October 31, 2014. A challenge celebration will be held at the park office on Saturday, November 8th at 10:30 a.m.

The Frontenac Trek :  This is a new 2014 event which challenges hikers to complete any six of the main trails loops with the exception of the Arab Lake Gorge Trail, Doe Lake Trail, Dedication Trail Loop, Bufflehead Trail Loop and Little Slide Lake Loop.

The Frontenac Junior Challenge:  For hikers 12 years and younger. The Frontenac Junior Challenge requires the completion of any six of the major loops. Bufflehead Trail Loop, Dedication Trail Loops and Little Slide Lake Loop do not qualify as a major trail loop.

More detail on these events can be found at the Friends of Frontenac website.

September 7, 2014. Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Race the Giant!  X Terra Triathlon:  http://elementracing.ca/xterra-sleeping-giant/

September 14, 2014. Sandbanks Provincial Park 

Sandbanks Fall Getaway Fun Run:  5KM and 10KM run along the scenic shores of Lake Ontario. The 10KM run qualifies for the Terry Fox Run as well.

October 5, 2014.   Sandbanks Provincial Park 

11th Annual County Marathon:  42.2KM run; Boston qualifier. Be advised of road closures during the run. www.pecmarathon.ca

 October 18-19, 2014.  Pinery Provincial Park 

2014 Pinery Provincial Park Race Weekend:  The weekend includes the Hog-Nosed Snake Trail Run and Road Races  http://www.pinerypark.on.ca/road_race.html

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