A few seconds before the mass start of the Summerstown Forest Snowshoe Race.
CORNWALL, Ontario - The Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) will be hosting its second annual Summerstown Forest Dion Snowshoe Race on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Summerstown Forest.
Word that Summerstown Forest is an ideal race site is quickly getting around as the number of participants will probably double compared to last year. The first edition of this race attracted no less than 34 participants, and as of today, 53 are already pre-registered for the race. With registration also possible on race day, more than 60 participants are expected.
As was the case last year, approximately half of the participants are from the immediate area with the rest coming from Montreal, Kingston and mostly Ottawa. The field is also evenly divided between male and female participants.
On the men’s side, Derrick St.John, formerly of Cornwall and now residing in Gatineau, looms as the favourite as last year’s winner, David LePorho, will be racing in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on the same day. He will be challenged by former national team member Gareth Davies and local Summerstown runners Rob Lefebvre and Christian Belair will give any front runner a good challenge.
On the women’s side, last year’s winner, Natasha Elliot from Gatineau will be there to defend her title against Sara Montgomery from Yarker and local favourite Emma Saaltink.
The Summerstown Forest Dion Snowshoe Race is part of and will be the first race of the 2014 Dion Eastern Ontario Snowshoe Running Series and a good lead-up to the 2014: Dion US Snowshoe Running Championships, which will be held on the weekend of March 1st in Bennington, Vermont.
The Summerstown Forest Dion Snowshoe Race will be contested over 7.55 km on a packed rolling terrain, on the beautiful tree-covered course of Summerstown Forest, guaranteeing a fast race.