Dion Frontenac Snowshoe Race – Pre-Race Instructions and Map

Race day is fast approaching (Saturday, January 21, 2012) and we just wanted to let you know about a few things that will make things easier for everyone on race morning.

Race Updates:
For the latest updates before and after the race, please check our Facebook page .

Frontenac Provincial Park, Sydenham, ON (directions)

Kit Pickup:
Saturday, January 21 from 8:30-9:45am at Frontenac Provincial Park Trail Office. Online registration closes at midnight tonight.

Limited parking is available at the race site, so please car pool when possible. All cars must have a park pass while at race site. If you have an Ontario Provincial Park pass, please bring it with you. If you need a park pass, please request at registration. Please note: One pass per car.

Washroom Facilities:
Available in the Trail Office and near parking area. No shower facilities.

10:00am sharp. Near entrance to Frontenac Provincial Park (approx. 200 meters from Trail Office). Please be at start line by 9:55am. Do not put on snowshoes until you get to start line (you’ll be walking on the road to get there and could damage snowshoes).

Course Description:
0-2km: Wide mostly downhill trail that is suitable for easy passing.
2-3.5km: Sharp left onto single track trail including a downhill, uphill and another downhill to the long narrow wooden bridge.
3.5-4.5km: View of Big Salmon Lake, then mostly wide trail suitable for passing. Rolling with a predominantly uphill climb.
4.5-6.5km: Sharp left, then sharp right onto rolling single track that should be some of fastest runnable sections. Narrow, but passable.
6.5-6.7km: Sharp right, then sharp left onto wide trail and sprint to the finish line.

– Run alert. For the safety of yourself and others, NO HEADPHONES PLEASE!
– When passing on single track trail, notify runner in front that you’re planning to pass.
– This is a backcountry race, so there are hazards on the course. Please be aware of rocks, branches, stumps and bridges and use caution.
– There are no aid stations on the course. If you think you’ll need water, please bring your own hydration pack or bottle.
– Once you start, please make every possible effort to finish as there is no way to get off the course early. If you encounter someone who is injured, please assist when possible and notify (or have someone else notify) course marshal or finish line officials asap.

Finish Line:
Please make sure that your RACE NUMBER IS WORN ON YOUR FRONT AND VISIBLE before you cross the finish line. Do not permit anyone without a race number to cross the finish line with you. Once you have crossed the finish line, do not cross again with friends or family (as this makes things very challenging for timing).

The awards ceremony, food and beverages will be held in the Frontenac Provincial Park Trail Office following the completion of the race. Please note that ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE NOT PERMITTED at Frontenac Provincial Park within the Trail Office, parking areas and trails. Please bring your own mug/cup/water-bottle to limit waste. You must be present for draw prizes.

Timing is being done manually and will be posted online at HealthandAdventure.com on race day.

Please make a point of supporting the following sponsors for making this race possible:
Spafford Health and Adventure – Coaching and Canadian Sales of Dion Snowshoes
Dion Snowshoes – Customized, Modular Systems. The Best Running Snowshoes on the market!
Impossible to Possible – Youth Expeditions and Experiential Learning Programs
Stonehaven – Handmade fleece socks from Switzerville, Ontario
Trailhead Kingston – Gear and Guidance for Adventurous Individuals.
Novelis – Novelis Kingston

We look forward to seeing everyone on race day!

Derrick Spafford
Race Director
Dion Frontenac Snowshoe Race

Dion Frontenac Snowshoe Race - Course Map and Elevation Profile


  1. That picture of Taylor was halfway into the course last year. His smile is proof that snowshoe running is FUN!

  2. too bad Taylor won’t be here this year, but shaping up to be very competitive in both the mens and women’s races.

    ….and yes, always fun!!

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