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The Hoot - Winter Trail Series

  • The Hoot - Winter Trail Series
    Locations vary
  • Race 1 - 5.7Km
    Cascades Conservation Area
  • Race 2 - 6.5 Km
    George Burke Park
  • Race 3 - 8.8Km
  • Race 4 - 6.7Km
    Centennial Park
  • Race 5 - 9.5Km
    Centennial Park

The Hoot - Winter Trail Series


Our Winter Trail Series consists of 5 separate races on unique marked courses.  Participants can earn points by completing each race.  There's an option to sign up for single races at $15 each or all 5 for $65, so the more races you sign up for, the more points you can earn.  Register for all 5 and save $10.  Each race will include virtual bibs for each participant, draw prizes and awards for top male and female.  

In addition to the individual race awards and draw prizes, at the end of the series, awards will be issued to the top male and female based on most accumulated points, in the following categories:


-Master (40+) 

-Grand Master (50+) 

Should access to the trails be restricted due to heightened COVID-19 restrictions, we will extend the race period to accommodate for the races to be completed. Race entries are non-refundable.



Races: (click on each race to preview the course)​​

  1. Friday, Jan. 15th to Monday, Jan. 17th: Start at Cascades Park - 5.7Km*

    • Course summary:  The route is a clockwise loop and will start on the yellow trail and take a left left at the first side trail opening (to get on the Orange trail).  We follow this Orange trail until the intersection of Red/Yellow/Orange.  Here, we keep going straight to get on the red trail and follow that, passing a sign that tells you that you're leaving Cascades Conservation Area.  Keep following this single-track trail until it comes to the opening of the Adventure trail intersection.  At this intersection, you'll go right and run towards the next intersection marked by flags and food colouring (there will be a tree with ornaments on it with a sign that reads "Cascades" on a tree trunk behind it).  Once you're on that trail, just stay on the main trail until you get to the next opening.  At that intersection, you'll turn left to follow the blue markings on the trail which takes you right to the main parking lot.  The end, along with the start and other turns on the trail, will be marked by flags and food colouring in the snow.

  2. Friday, Jan. 22nd to Monday, Jan 25th: Start at George Burke Park - 6.4Km*

    • Course summary coming soon​

  3. Friday, Jan 29th to Monday, Feb. 1st: Start at Trowbridge - 8.8Km*

    • Course summary coming soon​

  4. Friday, Feb 12th to Monday, Feb. 15th: Start at Centennial Park- 6.7Km*

    • Course summary coming soon​

  5. Friday, Feb. 19th to Monday, Feb. 22nd: Start at Centennial Park - 9.5Km*

    • Course summary coming soon​


*Distances may vary based on GPS data recording accuracy

Race Details:  


Participants have the whole weekend to complete each race and submit their results.  The races can be run from Fridays at 12:00am to Mondays at 11:59pm.  The courses will be physically marked and a Strava segment will be created to capture each participant's completion of the course.  Elapsed times from GPS recordings (watch or phone) will be used to record your results.  

Since participants have 4 days to run the routes, they can run it multiple times and submit their best times. The routes will be intentionally easy to follow on a course that allows for appropriate physical distancing.  Runners are encouraged to follow COVID-19 guidelines as set out by local authorities. 

Strava: Recording and Submitting your race times

Click here to watch a tutorial video on how to submit your strava results.

If you don't currently have a Strava account, you can sign up for free.  You can record your activity on a GPS watch or by using the Strava app directly on your smartphone (remember to keep the phone warm, though, or your battery may die mid-run and your data won't get recorded!)

When you're ready to start the run, either hit "Record" on your phone app or start on your GPS watch.  As soon as you complete the course, hit stop and either Save on your GPS watch, or "Finish" on your phone app.

From here, you will need to email your recorded data to us, by either sharing it from your computer or smartphone. (please contact us if you need help with this)

Please note: if your strava account is currently set to private, you can still submit your time by simply send us screenshots of specific data screens with us only.  We will be looking for 3 main data screens:

1. The main screen that shows your name, date/time, and total distance of your recorded activity.

2. The Segments showing the race you completed.  This is found in your main screen of your activity, under the "Results" section.  You may need to expand the list of results to view the name of the segment.

3. The "Pace" analysis data, found by clicking on "View Analysis".  This will tell us your Elapsed Time (we will not be using the Moving Time).

We strongly recommend that you turn off any auto-pause feature on your watches or smartphone.  Although the Elapsed Time will include the duration of your time on your feet, your recorded distance may be impacted by this.  

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!


Most GPS watches use platforms that can sync their data directly to strava.  Click here to see if your platform is compatible.  If you're not sure or have more questions, please contact us directly at upriverrunning@gmail.com

We will tabulate the entries in real time to the best of our ability, keeping a virtual leaderboard for the 4 days the race is open. At the conclusion of each 4 day race period, we will crown the winners and give away prizes and awards.

The Points:

The fastest times will earn 100 points from each race.  Each subsequent place, up to and including the 15th place person, will earn 5 less points.  That is, the person with the 15th fastest time will earn 30 points.  Every finisher that follows, will earn 15 points.  Since points can be accumulated over the five races, it may not necessarily be the fastest runner who completes only some of the races, who wins the overall division.

Example of point structure from each race:

1st = 100pts

2nd = 95pts

3rd = 90pts

4th = 85pts



14th = 35pts

15th = 30pts

16th = 15pts

all following finishers will receive 15 points.

Each race will award the overall top male and top female participants.

All participants from each race will also be included in the draw prizes!

At the end of the series, awards will be issued to the top male and female based on most accumulated points, in the following categories:


-Master (40+) 

-Grand Master (50+) 

*DIVISIONS will be assigned based on age on Race weekend. If a runner moves to the next division during the series they will carry their earned points to the new division.

We are super excited for the potential of these winter runs to motivate and inspire in real time.  

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