Intro to Snowshoeing at Lansdowne Park

We love winter running here in Ottawa (it’s not like our climate gives us much of a choice), but the snowy months are also an excellent time to try some fun cross-training activities.

That’s why we’re partnering with Mad Trapper Racing and the City of Ottawa to offer up a four-week introduction to snowshoeing program at Lansdowne Park this January and February.

Snowshoeing is one of the fastest growing winter sports because almost anyone can do it—if you can walk, you can snowshoe! For runners, snowshoeing offers up new terrain and pace challenges that will test you and improve your aerobic fitness.

If you’re curious to learn if snowshoeing is your new cross-training activity, then come on out and join us to learn all you need to know to start making tracks.

Everyone who signs up for a session will also receive $10 in “Bushtukah Bucks” that can be spent at either of their retail stores. We’ll also be having some free snowshoe draw prizes and offering some in-store discounts at Bushtukah.

When: Tuesdays, January 19 to February 9, 2016
Where: Great Lawn, Lansdowne Park
Cost: $10/ session (free for kids under 16) 

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Training Session 1 – January 19 6:30 p.m. – Meet the equipment

Learn about the evolution of snowshoes and the different types available, including what snowshoes to use for which conditions and why. We’ll also discuss clothing, local places to snowshoe and trail etiquette.

Training Session 2 – January 26, 6:30 p.m. – Snowshoe 101

Now’s the time to get outside and walk and run around! World Snowshoe Champion Maxime LeBoeuf will be on site to show you the best techniques for running, and ascending and descending hills on snowshoes.

Training Session 3 – February 2, 6:30 p.m. – Snowshoeing for cross-training

Ray Zahab, world adventurer and ultra runner extraordinaire, will discuss the benefits of snowshoeing, and how snowshoeing can enhance your performance in summer sports. Then we’ll do some running drills to emphasize what we’ve learned.

Training Session 4 – February 9, 6:30 p.m. – Fun on snowshoes

To wrap things up, you’ll get into teams and play some organized snowshoe sports on Lansdowne’s Great Lawn. Snowshoe Ultimate anyone?

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