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2014 Forest Lea Freestyle Race, January 26th in Pembroke ON
By:  Alicia Berthiaume   (2014/01/06)


The Forest Lea Freestyle xc ski race is a cross-country skiing event open to all to celebrate the Forest Lea ski trails. We have a new section of trail in this year's course, with a fun downhill. The race also serves to help prepare our local high school ski teams for their racing season and to raise money for trail maintenance and club development. Funds raised at past years' events were put towards trail improvement.

The Event:
There are several distances to choose from, open to all ages and all are 'freestyle' (i.e. open to either skate or classic techniques, but generally most folks skate). Race format will be mass start, one start per distance, with 5-10 minutes between starts. Schedule will be posted on-site race-day. There will be Male and Female categories/results for each distance.

All distances are approximate and will be marked with coloured arrows.

10km (white trail)

8km (red)

6.5km (orange)

4.5km (blue)

3km (green) - generally suitable for 10-12 year olds

1.6km (2 laps of sprint loop) - generally suitable for 7-9 year olds.

The Location:
Forest Lea Trails are located at the end of Forest Lea Rd., West of Pembroke (between Pembroke and Petawawa). Exit south off Hwy. 17 onto Forest Lea Rd, travel 5 km to end of pavement. Drive time is 1.5 hr from Kanata or Mattawa.


There is a cabin (no changerooms) but no running water so bring plenty of your own. There are two outhouses on site.

Spectators are welcome!


and bib pick-up: 9 - 9:30am (race day).

Race start: 10am

There is one start per distance, with 5-10 minutes between starts. Schedule will be posted on-site race-day.

Light snacks will be served post-race. Awards will be presented once all the racers are finished and will be based on male/female results for each distance. There will be drawprizes too for those who stick around! Thanks to Gearheads in Petawawa who are always very generous in supporting our event.

Results will be posted on the blog shortly after race day.

PRE-REGISTRATION/PAYMENT online (zone4.ca) only (no race day registration) or in person at GEARHEADS ski/bike shop (www.gearheads.ca). This is a volunteer run event and all proceeds support the Forest Lea Trails and the PAXC ski club. Registration closes Saturday, Jan 25th at NOON.


All  events = 15$

(Note: there is a small additional fee applied by Zone4 to process transactions)

More info

On xc skiing in the Ottawa Valley: www.paxc.blogspot.com/

On the Forest Lea Trails & the Enduro: http://forestleatrails.blogspot.com

On our local ski shop: http://www.gearheads.ca

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