Dion Switzerville Red Barn Snowshoe Race (Series Finale) – Results and photos

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Emma Saaltink – Red Barn Race winner and series champion of Dion Eastern Ontario Snowshoe Running Series.

The Dion Switzerville Red Barn Snowshoe Race was held today under ideal snowshoe racing conditions. The ‘Red Barn’ is the traditional end of the snowshoe racing season, and a celebration of a great year of snowshoe racing. Hanging out around the campfire, eating soup, drinking gourmet coffee and sharing tales from the trails (including numerous deer sightings) doesn’t get any better.

The 5.6km course was a great mix of fast groomed sections, technical single track, challenging hills (with a rope assisted hill), and a tricky water crossing. It was inspiring seeing everyone out running so well and enjoying the day.

Charley Murphy of Toronto (formerly of Switzerville) capped off a great series with a strong win in a time of 26:40. Mark Williams of Lancaster finished second in 28:26, with Graham Ross of Merrickville finished third in 28:53. Erin McDougall of Brighton was the top male master in a time of 28:56.

Emma Saaltink of Cornwall also continued her string of first place finishes by winning in a time of 32:05. Deborah Berry of Kingston finished second in 33:34, and Sara Montgomery of Yarker finished third in 33:42. Jenn Ross of Merrickville was the top female master in a time of 40:09.

Charley Murphy (3 series race wins) and Emma Saaltink (4 series race wins) were crowned as series champions in the Dion Eastern Ontario Snowshoe Running Series. Murphy and Saaltink each won a pair of top of the line Dion Racing Snowshoes for their series wins. Two other lucky winners were also randomly awarded Dion Snowshoes.

Photo Gallery #1 | Photo Gallery #2 (Scally Event Photography)

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part in the series. We look forward to seeing you all again next season.

First Last City Age Gender Time
Charley Murphy Toronto 37 Male [0]:26:40
Mark Williams Lancaster 35 Male [0]:28:26
Graham Ross Merrickville 51 Male [0]:28:53
erin mcdougall Brighton 40 Male [0]:28:56
joe Turner Brighton 35 Male [0]:29:02
Sebastian Warner Cornwall 32 Male [0]:29:16
Emma Saaltink Cornwall 25 Female [0]:32:05
Grant Sutherland Sydenham 52 Male [0]:32:38
Tom Meers Kingston 42 Male [0]:32:48
jayson terkuc Seeley’s Bay 37 Male [0]:33:06
Deborah Berry Kingston 52 Female [0]:33:34
Sara Montgomery Yarker 43 Female [0]:33:42
Gilles Parisien Cornwall 50 Male [0]:34:02
Daniel Lees Sydenham 41 Male [0]:34:25
Hendrik Saaltink Cornwall 59 Male [0]:35:29
Katy Murphy Toronto 36 Female [0]:35:55
Don Lilly Kingston 25 Male [0]:36:28
Clifton Ing Toronto 36 Male [0]:36:55
David Varty Thornhill 40 Male [0]:38:33
Brian Vella Brampton 49 Male [0]:39:13
Hannah Johnston Kingston 26 Female [0]:39:24
Jenn Ross Merrickville 43 Female [0]:40:09
Heather McNie Sydenham 59 Female [0]:40:13
ZUZANNA KURZAWA Kingston 22 Female [0]:41:08
Reba Timbrell Ottawa 23 Female [0]:41:15
Dean Timbrell Ingleside 52 Male [0]:41:25
Nicole Houghtaling Gananoque 34 Female [0]:43:09
Stacey Beatty Brampton 50 Female [0]:45:54
Karen Murphy Perth Road Village 52 Female [0]:46:20
Sinead Earley Kingston 31 Female [0]:46:58
Jo Mace Odessa 37 Female [0]:47:23
Jen Tam Kingston 29 Female [0]:50:47
Summer Li Kingston 29 Female [0]:50:47
Andrew Mace Odessa 48 Male [0]:51:12
Sylvie King Orleans 51 Female [0]:54:17
John Warner Cornwall 65 Male [0]:57:46
Emilee Gagnier kingston 23 Female [1]:00:29
Brenda Saaltink Cornwall 58 Female [1]:00:30
Ceri Timbrell Ingleside 48 Female [1]:00:31

Snowshoe Fun!

A huge thank you to our race sponsors:
A1 Mechanical
Dion Snowshoes
Clif Bar
Running Room
Spafford Data Solutions 
Hillside Coffee Company
Spafford Health and Adventure
Stonehaven (Grandma Rosie Fleece Socks!)

…and our volunteers:
Sara Montgomery
Jack and Rosemary Spafford
Heather Spafford
Brennan Spafford and Tasha Mills
Paul Spafford
Matt Spafford (Music)
Mick Spafford (Music)

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Fast start for Charley Murphy at Red Barn. Charley would go on to win the race and capture the Dion Eastern Ontario Snowshoe Running Series overall title.



  1. Oh this was the most fun anyone could ever have on a beautiful cool day in the back woods. Congratulations to all the racers you made it look so easy. I love this race it is like a party celebrating the love of racing, love of our environment and love of friendships developed over the years. Thank you everyone I had a great time.
    Sean you photos are amazing you have this keen ability to capture the spirit of the race and the emotions of the day. I especially love the ones in the bush capturing the racers as they work…. Perfect. I cannot wait till next year B

  2. John Warner says:

    Derrick & Sara, BRAVO!!……well done!

    ..and special thanks to Jack, Rosemary, Heather, Brennan, Tasha, Paul & Matt…what a beautiful family!

    Thanks so much for taking care of us and creating this beautiful space for us to enjoy!


  3. Thanks again Buttons for coming out and getting so many great pics.

    Thank you John and all the Cornwall crew for supporting so many races in the series. Always great to see you!

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