Yesterday, Ziggy and I ran in the first of the 2018-19 Snowflake Series races. In its 26th year, this series has the honour of being the longest running winter running series in all of North America. Right here in Orillia! More greatness for this community.
Several things I like about the Snowflake Series:
1) It’s all about fun. Sure, there’s now chip timing, online registration, almost immediate results, etc., and there were some very good runners who posted some excellent times, but this race is about fun. There was Billy Brown in his very Holiday Season two-piece suit (replete with tie!) and new this year – a category for running with your dog (aka canicross) – that’s what Ziggy and I did. An indicator that people weren’t taking it too seriously: Ziggy and I were running on the inside of the road, and there were a couple of other dog-people teams in the middle of the road. Keen to say hi to his fellow runners, Ziggy started to cut across the lane. The problem with this was that he was connected to me by a lead. Therefore, he almost took out several runners at the knees before I could reign him back in. “Sorry. Sorry,” I said to the unsuspecting and nearly clotheslined runners. Only smiles and “No problem” were what came back.
2) It’s a community event. It’s organized by the Rotaract Club of Orillia, run by local volunteers with local sponsors and proceeds going to local charities. Last year, the Series raised over $5000 in support of the Sharing Place Food Bank. And given most of the people are from the area, it’s also a great opportunity to catch up with people whom you haven’t seen in awhile and stay connected with fellow runners over the winter, in what would normally be the off-season.
3) It’s a great way to stay motivated during the first part of the winter. For a lot of people, come the end of November, the competitive running season is finished, and finding ways to stay motivated until spring can be a challenge. The Snowflake Series is a great opportunity to extend the competitive season by a couple of months.
Thanks to the Rotaract Club of Orillia for organizing this event. Ziggy and I can’t wait for the next one in two weeks!
Happy Trails and Happy Tails!