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Limberlost Challenge

July 2

Racers have gorgeous views to enjoy during The Limberlost Challenge (supplied photo)

The running race industry has been hit hard throughout the pandemic, and races everywhere, road and trail, have been forced to cancel or pivot to virtual events.

Along with the races themselves, there have been significant impacts on all the supporting businesses who provide catering, timing, lodgings, equipment rentals, clothing, etc. Sporting events across Muskoka have significantly been affected, and our local Limberlost Challenge trail race, home to 700+ participants, is one of those events that did not go unscathed.

The good news is the Limberlost Challenge organizers, volunteers, and participants are a resilient crowd of very ambitious and energetic folks. They are thrilled to announce that The Limberlost Challenge is back for 2022 and they can’t wait to hit the dirt running!

“Trail racers are a special breed of runners, and trail racing has been the fastest-growing segment of the running world in recent years. Participants find serenity and pristine beauty amongst the trees and lakes that road racing does not usually offer. Running trails consist of mixed terrain, creating a fabulous challenge to cross-train the body and the mind. Trail running events are generally smaller and provide a unique opportunity for runners, organizers, and sponsors to connect and support each other. It’s a beautiful tight-knit community that is nothing but warm and welcoming to all ages and levels of fitness,” states Neil Jefferson, race event owner.

The Limberlost race has a variety of distances to offer every runner or wanna-be trail runner to come out and experience. They welcome everyone to run with friends and family from a 7km distance to a 56 km distance.

“We are so privileged to partner with The Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve every year and host our event amidst landscapes and vistas second to none! Our organizers and runners are enthusiastic about maintaining the environment! We have a ‘pack-in and pack-out’policy throughout all the trails during our event. Our race is cup less, and all participants are to bring their utensils and dishes for our delicious lunch offered after the races,” explains Katherine, Andrews, race event manager.

In addition to environmental considerations, the event provides a charitable donation to Trails Youth Initiatives each year. Trails Youth Initiatives uses the Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve as their northern campus. (www.trails.ca)

Event organizers are excited for a renewed race on Saturday, July 2nd, 2022, and look forward to seeing everyone in person again. To learn more about The Limberlost Challenge or to register, visit www.thelimberlostchallenge.com.


July 2


Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve
Limberlost Road
Huntsville, ON Canada
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