2020 – The year of the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Birds Hill Trail Series in 2020 has looked very different. With changing Public Health Orders and myriad requirements from Parks and the Province to host a safe event for all participant and volunteers, to say it’s been uncertain would be an understatement.
However, the journey continues, and though it has looked different, the desire to bring the community together for a fun time on the trails never goes away.
The information for each race has been communicated via email with each participant of each race. That is the most relevant, pertinent and up-to-date information. Specific route details and links are listed below.
Here’s to a bright and encouraging future, and more adventures on the trails!
Joel – Race Director
The Series consists of 3 races;
Summer Solstice(ish) – June 18
Quarry – July 16
Oak – August 13
This race is being hosted and supported independently by Joel Toews. This race also wouldn’t be able to happen without the help of many awesome, selfless, volunteers. For any questions, please contact Joel at toews[dot]ja[at]gmail[dot]com.
Summer Solstice – The route largely follows; Bridle Path, Carriageway, Hazelnut, and Nimowin trails in Birds Hill Provincial Park.
2020 Quarry – In 2020, due to a number of factors, the second race of the Series will start from Group Use #1 – Site 7. The route largely follows the Bluestem route, and totals just over 12k. While the route will be flagged, and you can also follow the Bluestem signage, route links via STRAVA & GAIA are available below.
Oak – I am still in conversation with Parks regarding the final race of the series so this route may change. As it stands at the moment, starting from Group Use #2, this route largely uses parts of Bridlepath, Carriageway, Hazelnut, Spruce and Nimowin trails. The route is a little shorter than 2019 as I eliminated a section that seemed to confuse a lot of people. For some excitement, you’ll find a single track uphill section in the middle of the route. There is still a single “two-way” sections, so pay attention…flags on the left!
**Cutting the course or cheating of any kind will not be tolerated.
DNF’s (Did Not Finish)
If you aren’t able to finish the route or get lost, you are still responsible to get back to the finish area. While there will be volunteers sweeping the course of flagging, no one is coming along the trail to pick you up.
On the trail, you are responsible for you! Please make sure you have enough fluids, proper gear, appropriate first aid, and know how to use it. If you see someone in trouble, please provide help.