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Saturday, February 3, 2024. ​


9:00 am


Marydale Park,

Chippewa Road East,

Mount Hope, ON,



This race is sanctioned by Snowshoe Canada. For more information on

Snowshoe Canada, we encourage you to visit their website at 

Registration: Register now at


This year we are pleased to announce that we will be offering a snowshoe race and, later in the day, a trail running race (without snowshoes).

We're super stoked to be joining, once again, the DION Canadian Snowshoe Series for 2024. We will be offering 4k and 8k distances and will be hosting our event at the beautiful Marydale Park in Mount Hope, ON.

Later in the day, after the snowshoe participants have blazed and flattened a trail, we will also be hosting a trail running race without snowshoes (though, depending on the condition, we will probably recommend some type of additional traction such as Kahtoola Spikes). 


Marydale Park will also be the charity we will be supporting as they, like many others, have experienced very difficult times over the COVID-19 pandemic and really need our support.


This is a great event for not only experienced snowshoe enthusiasts but also for those who would like to give the sport a try for the first time. Most people are able to pick up snowshoe running/hiking very quickly. In fact, the Race Director also tried snowshoe running for the first time at one of the snowshoe races in this series. If he can do it, you can do it!

We have secured an indoor location to host race-kit pick-up as well as to do post race prizing as well as some draw prizes. We will be providing soup and hot beverages after the event so stick around, enjoy a hot drink, and maybe you will leave with a prize!


All participants will receive a custom race mug, which they can use after the race to fill with hot soup, which will be provided. Race finishers will also receive a pretty awesome finisher medal. 


Prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 Women/Men/Non-Binary for each of the 4 events (4km snowshoe/8km snowshoe/4km trail race/8km trail race).


COVID-19 Information:

Please note that all participants must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days for the event. You will need to show proof of vaccination at the race.

Race Course:

The course will take place on a 4km loop. 8km participants will complete the loop twice. Race distances are approximate and the exact distances and race routes will be announced closer to the race. This will depend on the trail conditions as we want to make sure that we offer our participants the best experience possible!

If, in the unlikely chance that there isn't enough snow for snowshoe racing, the race will happen as a trail race and snowshoes won't be necessary.

We have a limited number of Dion Snowshoes available for rent at checkout and we expect our rental pairs to go quickly. We will do our best to announce when the snowshoes are all spoken for. If, when registering, you are able to reserve a pair, that means there are still snowshoes available. The rental cost is $10.00, which goes directly towards maintaining the fleet of snowshoes and making sure they are in tip-top shape. The $10 rental fee will not be charged during registration- you will be asked to bring $10.00 cash and directly pay the fine folks providing the snowshoes.

Once our rental units are all spoken for, you may want to check out MEC, as they also rent out snowshoes:

Points will be awarded for each race in the Dion Series with the series champions being crowned at the final event in the series. For more information on the Dion Series, please click here.


Refund Policy:

Happy Trails Racing has a new policy regarding race refunds/transfers: register with confidence knowing that you can take advantage of our early bird pricing and, if you need to back out, you can do so up to 30 days before the race with a 100% race credit that can go towards any future Happy Trails event. It doesn't expire. From 30 days out to 15 days out, you can back out with a 50% race credit. Participants are also welcome to transfer their bib without any penalty up to 15 days before the race. Please keep in mind that everything we need to order to have you at our race is done so at least 30 days out.


Check our results page for all race results

Contact Information:

Jeff Rowthorn -

Website -

Series Sponsors/Partners

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Snowshoe Canada is the governing body in Canada for snowshoe running, racing and as a recreational activity. Races in the 2024 Dion Canadian Snowshoe Series have been sanctioned by Snowshoe Canada

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