Summerstown Forest to host snowshoe races Feb. 13

Hosted be the Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST), this year’s 4th Annual Summerstown Forest Dion Snowshoe Race will feature a second, shorter distance race to be held at the same time as the Dion points race.

The Summerstown Forest Dion Snowshoe Race will be held on Saturday, February 13, at 10 a.m. and will be the 5th race of the Dion Eastern Ontario Snowshoe Running Series which is held in various locations in Eastern Ontario. 

With a shorter distance offered (3.5 km), the organizers hope to attract more area runners, and even younger runners to the event. Even though local runners made up half the field for last year’s race, many of the more recreational and younger runners may not be taking part in this event because of the length of the Dion points race (7.5 km) and the fact that this race attracts more elite runners from Ottawa, Montreal, Kingston and other outlying regions.

The Summerstown Forest Dion Snowshoe Race will be run on the beautiful tree-covered course of Summerstown Forest, on a packed rolling terrain, guaranteeing a fast race. 

Dion Snowshoes will provide 15 pairs of racing snowshoes for rental on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a pair, e-mail

First place awards for the men’s and women’s race, draw prizes, and souvenirs for participants will be offered. 

For information concerning the race, registration fees, and procedures, please visit

Cornwall’s Sebastian Warner is seen checking his time at the start of last year’s Summerstown Forest Dion Snowshoe Race. (PMC Photography)