There will be 5-km and 10-km events, plus a short sprint for children. Proceeds from the races will go to support the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program.
Organizers Wayne Jolly of Sweet Bottoms Coffee and David Robinson of Snowshoe Canada have capped first-year participation at 100 to ensure the event is well attended, and they have enough volunteers and resources in place to do a good job.
Theysay they hope to attract local and regional outdoor enthusiasts to experience the wonders of a Kawartha Lakes winter—and lay the groundwork for an eventual winter festival in Fenelon.
The event has the support of several community groups, including RTO8 (Regional Tourism Organization 8, which includes the City of Kawartha Lakes, and Peterborough and Northumberland counties), CKL itself and its Economic Development department, Ward 6 Councillor Doug Elmslie, Kawartha Works Community Co-op, Kawartha Lakes Snowmobile Club, Cable Cable, and Bruce’s Tackle.
Snowshoeing is a winter activity much older than Canada, and it’s currently experiencing a revival. Racing on snowshoes is one of the fastest growing winter sports in cold-weather countries around the world.
Many races are held in Europe and the US each year, and a growing number are being planned for Canada, including the Canadian National Championships in Collingwood Feb. 19, world championships in Saranac Lake, New York, Feb. 24, and the North American Championships in Quebec City in early March.
Jolly and Robinson are challenging Fenelon area retailers and manufacturers to get creative regarding “all the great snowshoe items that could be made to promote this event.”
For details and to register, visit snowshoekawartha.com