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2022 Dion Snowshoe Squall - Results



The Dion Ontario Snowshoe Running Series finished on a high note yesterday with a great day of racing at the Dion Snowshoe Squall Race held at Hammond Hill Eco-Lodge and Resort, just east of Ottawa.


This beautiful new and exciting venue was popular with competitors as the 6 km course weaved through the forest with a combination of groomed wider trails and narrow single track. Athletes were treated to fantastic views including a section that dropped out of the forest onto the neighbouring golf course, and through some deeper snow drifts before climbing back up a challenging switchback into the shelter of the tall pines again.


Living up to its race name, participants also witnessed a brief, but intense, snow squall during the race that contributed to exhilarating whiteout conditions.


Following the race, competitors warmed up around multiple campfires in the Hammond Hill Outdoor Beer Garden with some hot soup/chili, a warm pretzel and a tasty Broken Stick Brewing Company craft beer!


Men’s Race:

Bernie Hogan of Bancroft won the men’s race running 28:30 over the challenging course. Hogan was followed by Charley Murphy of Toronto for second place in 30:26. Peter Quevillon of St-Thomas finished third in 32:07.


Rick Balderson of Nepean was the top master (over 40 years old) in the men’s race in 37:06.


Women’s Race:

In the tight women’s race, Katy Murphy of Toronto won in a time of 36:59. Judy Andrew Piel of Nepean was second in 37:05, followed by Emily Flynn of Ottawa in third in 37:37. Lisa Leskien of Sydenham was the top female master in a time of 37:51.


 

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Dion Series Men’s Final Results:

Bernie Hogan finished the series with a perfect score of 3 points in his top three races to take the mens title, and and a pair of Dion 120 Laser racing snowshoes (over $350 value). Charley Murphy of Toronto finished second in the series with a score of 6 points to win a $100 gift certificate for clothing at Snowshoe Canada, followed by Benoît Desrochers of Gatineau with 21 points to win a $50 gift certificate at Spafford Health and Adventure.


Dion Series Women’s Final Results:

The women’s series title was decided on this final race with Katy Murphy’s win at Squall giving her the title with a score of 3 in her top three races, to claim her Dion Laser 120 Snowshoes. Judy Andrew Piel finished in second place in the series with 6 points to also win a $100 gift certificate at Snowshoe Canada. We had a tie for third with Fay Dunbabin of Stittsville and Rebecca Davis of Yarker both finishing with 27 points, to each receive a $50 gift certificate to Spafford Health and Adventure.


A huge thank you to race director Andrew Page and his team of volunteers at Hammond Hill for hosting and putting on a great series finale.


Special thanks goes to our series sponsors for allowing this series to be possible:


We’re already looking forward to next years Dion Series! Thanks again for joining us!



Yukon Athletics Series:

While the 2022 Dion Ontario Snowshoe Running Series is now complete, Spafford Health and Adventure and Dion Snowshoes are proud to be sponsoring the Yukon Athletics Snowshoe Series during the month of March in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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