Up until just a few days before the race the weather was not cooperating- we had just a dusting of snow on the ground, but two days before the race, the Brighton area was on the receiving end of a good dump of snow that ensured that the race would have all the snow we needed.
Everyone was glad to get going, as once the race started, everyone warmed up quickly. The course was laid out in two loops- the first loop was 2km, and it took in a very steep climb up the Esker Trail. After the first loop the racers came by the start area again, around the Junior Loop, and then did the full Esker Trail. By all accounts, everyone was very impressed with the course. We heard so many comments about how beautiful the park, and how much everyone enjoyed it. There were some great performances too, with Charley Murphy of Toronto taking the win for the men, and Celine Best of Gatineau getting the women’s win, both in impressively fast times.
As the directors of the Brighton Snowshoe Race, Joe and I hope to see more local folks out next year!
Amazing photos by Sean Scally from the Snowshoe Race at Goodrich Loomis can be found on Sean's website: