Sunday, January 24, 2010

Dion Frontenac Snowshoe Race - Report and Results

(video credit: Jane Newman-Ralph)

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Dion Frontenac Snowshoe Race held on Saturday, January 23.

Conditions were fast and the competition was fierce as 35 snowshoe runners challenged the rolling 7.3km course at Frontenac Provincial Park. The weather was perfect for snowshoe racing with sunny skies and -7C.

Former Canadian National Cross Country running team member Taylor Murphy of Napanee posted the fastest time of the day winning in a time of 31:16. Taylor was followed by ultramarathoner Keith Iskiw of Kingston in 36:40, and Justin Pozin of Toronto in 37:10. Gilles Parisien of Cornwall was the top male masters runner in 38:03.

In the women’s race, Elizabeth Primrose of Brockville won in a time of 42:24, followed by Shauna Connaughton of Kingston in 44:34, and Eliza Murphy of Sydenham in 47:27. Kim Bohn of Kanata was the top female masters runner in 49:46.

Complete results are posted at Spafford Health and Adventure

Numerous awards and draw prizes were given out with one lucky participant going home with a pair of Dion Running Snowshoes. The vegetarian chili and munchies were also a hit for tired racers looking to refuel following their hard effort.

Many thanks to our sponsors Dion Running Snowshoes, Spafford Health and Adventure, La Sportiva, 5 Peaks Trail Running Series, Running Room, Trailhead and Stonehaven. A very special thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers.

One final thanks to Frontenac Provincial Park, and staff, for permitting us to hold this race in their beautiful park. We encourage you to come back to Frontenac Park again soon and explore it further.

For more race photos, please click here.

The next race in the SHA Trail Running Series is the Kingston 5 Peaks Trail Race on May 15, 2010.

See you on the trails!

Derrick Spafford
Race Director
Dion Frontenac Snowshoe Race


  1. Soooo much fun and what a beatiful day. I think your Running Gods were glad someone finally put on a race in Frontenac Park and rewarded you for it. A BIG thanks to you and Sara and all the volunteers including the chili makers(yummy) and Gramma Rosie for the comfy foot warmers.

  2. To: Derrick and Sarah and the all the volunteers.
    Thanks for hosting a great event.

  3. Dear Derrick & Sara & the entire Spafford gang and all the volunteers,
    Thanlk you very much for hosting such a fantastic snowshoe race in Frontenace Park. Once again, everything was so well organized and flawless executed. We had a blast! Even the weather was perfect. Thanks also for the great prizes and great post race food.
    Love it! Hope you're enjoying some relaxation today.

  4. To Derrick, Sarah and all the volunteers:
    Thank you for putting together a "perfect race", the weather responded with giving you back a perfect day for the race!..I felt privileged to do my first ever snowshoe race with such great athletes. Thanks again and I hope I witnessed and participated in the first of many more snowshoes races...I will be there!

  5. Thanks for a fantastic race day! Everything was 100%, could not have asked for more. Frontenac Park was a remarkable surprise.....
    saw a wolf walking on a frozen lake on the way in! Food was the best!! Thanks for trading me the foot warmers Roger, my 90 year old Mom greatly appreciated them. Looking forward to next year! Best, John Warner, Cornwall

  6. Thanks for a great event to everyone that worked hard to put on this fun race. Our whole group had a fantastic time. I expect to come in a little faster next year with my new Dion snowshoes that I won. I tried them on last night but they dont float in the puddles too well.
    Looking forward to some more snow so that I can give them a run.

    Thanks again and see you at the Sydenham 8K.