Looking for a new place to run? Try Ontario Parks. Softer trail surfaces minimize the impact on runner joints and backs. Runners have over 1,800 kilometres of trails to choose from. Park landscapes are spectacular and many parks offer roofed accommodation. Derrick Spafford is a regular trail runner at Frontenac Provincial Park which has 160 kilometres of trails, one of the largest trail networks east of the Canadian Rockies. In this Park Blog, Spafford shares his trail running tips and three favourite Frontenac trails.
All kinds of sporting events are held at Ontario Parks every year. Trail runs, road races, triathlons, cycling events, cross-country ski events, and even a hiker’s challenge. At least one of the running events is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
When you hear Ontario Parks, thoughts of sunny beaches, campfires and trails come to mind. However, there are a group of people at Kettle Lake Provincial Park that think of sweat, exertion and competition!
The annual Mosquito Tryathlon features a 400m swim around Slab Lake, an 11km bike and a 5km run. There are also two shorter courses for youth who would like to take part. Participants can take on this triathlon as part of a team or as an individual.