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Canadian Virtual Loppets (updated for 2022)

You may recall our blog post from last year about virtual loppets, where we featured the Canadian Ski Marathon, the Canadian Birkie and the Gatineau Loppet. 

The Gatineau Loppet is 100% back in person this year on the trails of Gatineau Park from February 17 to 20, 2022. Check out their Facebook and Twitter.

If you are looking for a fun challenge this winter, but aren’t able to travel, the Canadian Ski Marathon and Canadian Birkie are offering virtual events again this year.

Virtual Canadian Ski Marathon

February 5 to March 20, 2022

The Canadian Ski Marathon is Canada’s oldest ski tour. It welcomes all ages and all ski levels.

For this year’s virtual edition, participants are able to ski on any trails, and there are several categories available. Registration fees vary based on category and age of participant.

  1. Tourer – Ski anywhere from 1 to 10 “sections” of 15km from February 5 to March 20, 2022
  2. Half-marathon – Ski 45km in a single outing
  3. Marathon Coureur des Bois
    1. Bronze – Ski 60km on two consecutive days
    2. Silver – Ski 60km on two consecutive days while carrying a minimum load of 5kg
    3. Gold – Ski 60km on two consecutive days while carrying a minimum load of 5kg and sleep outside between the two days

For more information:

Virtual Canadian Birkie

February 14 to 28, 2022

The Canadian Birkie (Birkebeiner) is one of the three Birkebeiner loppets in the world – the other two being in the United States and Norway.

For this year’s virtual edition, participants are welcome to classic ski, skate ski, snowshoe, skate, skijor, roller-ski, cycle, run, or walk the 2, 4, 8, 13, 31 or 55 kilometres. There are several options available and registration fees range from $15 to $40 per participant.For more information:

Keep the momentum going with Virtual Marathons and Runs

Keeping fit all winter and wondering how to keep the momentum going?

Trying to wake up from hibernating all winter?

With the City of Toronto extending the cancellation of in-person major outdoor events to July 1, regularly scheduled marathons and runs are going virtual. Here’s more about the Toronto Marathon, Sporting Life 10k, Toronto Women’s Half Marathon/10k/5k, and Run for Women.

Toronto Marathon

January 25 to May 31, 2021

Typically held in early May, the Toronto Marathon runs from Mel Lastman Square to Ontario Place. It is known to be downhill, scenic and fast and sees participants from around the world.

For the virtual version, there are four distances available for participants to run or walk as noted below. Registration fees range from $35 to $45 and include virtual tracking through the ASICS Runkeeper App or app of choice, virtual race bib, downloadable custom branded finisher’s certificate, race medal, event shirt, and promo codes to the ASICS online store and from sponsors.

  1. Virtual Marathon
  2. Virtual Half Marathon
  3. Virtual 10K
  4. Virtual 5K

The fundraising organizations are The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, SickKids Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, and Heart and Stroke Foundation.

For more information:

Sporting Life 10k

May 9 to May 30, 2021

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In its 21st year, the Sporting Life Virtual 10K is in support of Camp Ooch. There are two options available as noted below. The registration fees are $60 and $120 respectively, and include an event shirt, exclusive finisher medal, Sporting Life 10k promotional code and a virtual run bib.

  1. Sporting Life Virtual 10k – run or walk 10km
  2. Sporting Life Virtual 10k Challenge – run or walk 10km ten times

For more information:

Toronto Women’s Half Marathon/10k/5k

May 23 to June 6, 2021

As the name suggests, the Toronto Women’s Virtual Half Marathon/10k/5k offers three distances for participants to run or walk as noted below.  Registration fees range from $50 to $60 and include a women’s specific souvenir race shirt, 10k/5k finisher medal or half marathon necklace designed by Foxy Originals, $25 Asics e-card (requires minimum spend of $100), race bib, and other sponsor offerings.

  1. Half Marathon
  2. 10km
  3. 5km

The fundraising partner for this event is the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario.

For more information:

Run for Women

July 4 and 11, 2021


The Run for Women is taking place virtually across 18 cities in Canada with proceeds ($35 of registration fee) going to local charities for women’s mental health. In Toronto, the event is in support of the Women’s Mental Health Program at Women’s College Hospital.  A Run for Women Day in Canada Live Stream event will be held on July 11, 2021.

Participants can choose from two distances to run or walk as noted below. The registration fee is $40 and includes a “legendary” swag bag, official Run for Women UNSTOPPABLE Bracelet, and official Run for Women technical t-shirt. 

  1. 5K Virtual Walk/Run
  2. 10K Virtual Walk/Run

For more information:

[Newsletter] Trakkers Broadcast – January/February 2021

Hello Trakkers!

Hopefully you are keeping happy and healthy! While we are not operating any club activities this season, we are keeping active on our blog and social media.

Here’s what’s been happening on the Trakkers blog:

Please note that whenever heading out, check websites regularly to ensure that you are up to date on and following COVID-19 protocols, including physical distancing and wearing face coverings.

A tour of Trakkers Trails for safe, physically distanced fun

With no bus this year, some of you might be looking to make your own way up to the trails. But, one of the benefits of the bus is that you really did not have to know where we were going. Trakkers took care of it. So, maybe you are wondering how you can get to those trails by yourself? If so, here is a guide. Read more….

Places to Ski and Snowshoe

I’m going to add a few less likely places to ski.  These are all non-commercial ski areas with limited or no facilities.  And that means limited or no trail fees.  You are unlikely to meet many people on these trails which, in these strange times, can be considered an added bonus rather than a problem. Read more…

Virtual Canadian Loppets

Looking for a challenge this winter? Consider participating in a virtual loppet. Due to the ongoing pandemic, some of our favourite loppets have gone virtual. Here’s what the Canadian Ski Marathon, the Canadian Birkie and the Gatineau Loppet are doing this winter. Read more…

Unable to ski? Try skating!

In December, my partner and I booked a getaway to spend a few days in Tiny Township. We were really looking forward to getting back on our skate skis. After the lockdown was announced, our plans were blown to smithereens, but what can one day do?? So we decided to go… skating! Local, free, and fun! Read more…

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