Can you winter ultra??
Frozen Falcon is a winter, 8-hour, looped trail running race held at the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes located at Falcon Trails Resort. The loop is 6.5ish km/4ish mile and follows the High Lake Multi-Use Trail.
To have a fun time, pushing your limits to see how far you can go in 8-hours. Go hard for 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours or the whole time. Just do your best and have fun!
The ultimate challenge?
To run 8 loops, equalling just over 50k in the 8-hours, which will earn you the Frozen Falcon 50k Finisher toque!
If you have already accomplished this challenge, and received the toque, don’t fret. If you hit 50k again, you will receive a snowflake patch which can be added to your toque.
If this race continues for years to come, there may be special recognition for hitting 250k, 500k….etc….
Sound like fun? Here are the details.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE REGISTERING.
Sunday, January 6, 2019
- Check-In begins at 8:00 AM
- Racer Meetings at 8:45 AM
- Start at 9:00 AM
We have a cap of 70 participants.
- Early registration begins November 1 at 8:00 AM and will run for 2 weeks. Registration happens through UltraSignUp which will have a fee tacked on to the event cost.
- Regular registration begins November 15. Registration happens through UltraSignUp which will have a fee tacked on to the event cost.
- Early Registration – $90
- Regular Registration – $110
- Registration closes once we’ve reached our cap of 70, or December 6, whichever comes first. Note that in 2018 this event filled up in 5 days.
- Please note there are NO REFUNDS, BIB TRANSFERS or DEFERRALS. A 25% refund will be provided if the race is cancelled due to dangerous conditions, at the discretion of Parks Manitoba. **Please take this into consideration before registering.
Access to a groomed, winter-use trail, access to the Falcon Ridge Ski Chalet, minimal aid station food (see more details re: aid below), professional medic support, post-race meal (stew (or vegan option) & bakery bun), Frozen Falcon participant patch, and special 50k finisher swag.
There will also be awards for 1st Place Male & Female. (Furthest distance, faster time for tie in distance.)
Additional Race Details
This race is being hosted by Joel Toews and a number of awesome, selfless, cold-weather-loving volunteers. For any questions, please contact Joel at toews[dot]ja[at]gmail[dot]com.
Check In & Start
Check in begins at 8:00 AM on Sunday, January 6th, with a mandatory racer meeting at 8:45 AM. Race begins at 9:00 AM, finishing at 5:00 PM.
Even though this is a looped race, it’s still a winter event, therefore you will be required to carry the following gear which must be presented at check-in.
- 500ml insulated water.
- Extra toque.
- Extra windproof jacket.
- Emergency blanket.
We will use manual timing for this event, and there will be no live tracking. At the end of each loop, you need to enter the chalet to check-in when coming in, and check out when heading out for another loop. If at any point you decide you’ve done enough distance and are ready to hang out in the chalet, you must let the timing crew know. We don’t want to spend our evening looking for someone on the trail that didn’t let us know they were finished.
The race will take place at Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes, starting and finishing outside the chalet. We encourage family and crew to join you as there are lots of activities to do at this location such as skiing, snowboarding, XC skiing, and tubing. Note there is also food for sale on site. Come spend the day supporting your runner and having lots of fun at this gem of a getaway.
The route will follow the groomed, High Lake Multi-Use Trail (6.5 km/loop). There will be MINIMAL ADDITIONAL MARKINGS added to the route other than what is already being used. See link above for description and route.
In case of soft-snow/warm-weather conditions, an alternate, shorter route will be used that will include the Top of the World Trail. This decision will be made at the discretion of Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes in order to maintain the trail for future use. Let’s all wish for a colder, but beautiful day!!
As a looped course, you will regularly return to the parking lot area. As such, aid station food will be provided inside the chalet. It will be minimal and consist of chips, candy, instant noodle soup (ramen) and water and Nuun Hydration (bring your own cup, if need be). Anything that you want for your race beyond that you can store and access in your vehicle. You can also access the chalet to warm up, and use the washrooms. A meal of stew (or vegan option) & bakery bun will be provided starting at 3:00 PM. Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes also has food for sale (burgers, fries, beer, etc) in the chalet that operates from 10-4.
Snowshoes are allowed.
On the trail, you are responsible for you! Please make sure you have the required gear, and know how to use it. If you see someone in trouble, please provide help.
If you are looking to stay in the area for the weekend, there are many options in the area.
- Falcon Trails Resort
- Stay right on site of the event!! This year there are a couple of cabins that have been blocked off for Frozen Falcon participants .
- Registrations can only be done over phone (204-349-8273) during office hours (9AM-5PM), and proof of registration is required (you’ll receive a confirmation email when you register on UltraSignup). You can forward that email to the resort (email@example.com) and then give them a call.
- These cabins will only be available to book between November 1st and November 15th, on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Falcon Lake Hotel
- The Falcon Beach Ranch
- Crescent Beach Cottages – Cottages and motel located adjacent to the West Hawk Lake main beach.
- Keystone Resort – Cabin rentals and motel suites in West Hawk townsite.
- Tallpine Lodges – Cabin rentals adjacent to the West Hawk Lake main beach.
- West Hawk Lake Resort – Cabin rentals in the West Hawk Town-site.