The "Flatter" Course: In the early days I used to promote 2 different races, the "Flat" Course and the "Hilly" Course, but too many people yelled at me after running the Flat Course, saying it wasn't flat at all.
This is the Ark and the Gatineau Hills after all!
So yes, the Flatter Course does have some hills, but it's the flattest I could come while staying on my property.
This course starts with the shortest possible uphill of all the options, but it will leave you a "bit" winded nonetheless. But once you've made it you there are some nice views and some funny twisty, turny technical trails as you slowly descend to the trail beer mile loop (please be sure not to step on, or trip over, the one maple sap line crossing).
Once through the 400m "Beer Mile" loop, 2km of your race is run and then you get to descend a decent descent! Once at the bottom, you turn right and run a short distance, downhill still, on a much wider trail.
Then you pass the sugar shack for another kilometer of up and down, left and right, technical single track. That section is a lot of fun, so enjoy it!
Because there is another moderate climb waiting for you. From beginning to end, it's probably about 400m long with one or two steeper sections, that you may want to walk for a few steps...
Once at the top though, "you've made it"... well pretty much. There are a couple of short little climbs but for the most part, you can open it up and enjoy the assistance gravity will give you.
For the Solefit 10k runners, they get to cruise inside and eat, drink and be merry.
The Hilly Course
The much celebrated...
The much revered...
The much cursed.... HILLY COURSE!
The title says it all. This race starts with a 400m climb, and then pretty much continues to go uphill from there!
Legend has it, that despite starting and ending at the very same place, there are no flat or downhill sections at all.
A course designed by M.C. Esher himself, this course continues to spiral upward until it returns to its origin!
The Atlas 10k'ers get to go and do it again. But this time the trail will be well packed and faster.
The forecast for January 6, 2018 is currently -20C, or colder (but we should be well used to these temps by now).
So there will be lots of hot stuff on the buffet table. There will soup, hot chocolate, coffee, and lasagna. For dessert, we'll have the world famous Mad Trapper brownies, cookies, bananas and chips.
The woodstove will be raging, and we'll all be toasty warm inside, dining and discussing why the heck we put ourselves through this!
As always, there will be options...
We will have the Solefit 5k event which is a single loop of the Hilly Course.
We will also have the Atlas 10k event, which is 2 loops of the Hilly Course.
But new to this event, the Mad Trapper has decided to show mercy and is introducing the Ottawa Outdoors 3k event. This will be approximately half of the 5k course, and although there will be some elevation change, the course cuts off before the big climb up "Mad Trapper Mountain".
Regardless of what race you choose to enter, the will be an awesome feast waiting for you at the finish line.