Summer is here, which means it is time once again for some outdoor adventures.
The Oak Ridge Trail Association will be putting on its 10th annual Moraine Adventure Relay, a 160 km journey that will test participants’ endurance and strength in one of the more unique and challenging events taking place in the Toronto area this summer.
“It’s a very rewarding experience,” said the association’s publicity coordinator, Frank Alexander. “It’s one big event that many of the hikers participate in and it’s a real morale boost. It also helps publicity wise getting word out about our organization and the work we do.”
Contestants will be facing a demanding obstacle course, navigating it to the best of their abilities throughout the Oak Ridges Moraine Trail. The 14-stage event is divided in canoeing, biking and running sections, and will surely present a challenge to any recreational or elite teams taking part in the event.
“The first leg is the canoe stage across Rice Lake,” said Alexander. “It’s about eight kilometres long, and then its either running, mountain biking or trail biking. So it’s a mix of three different sports. People love it!” The relay includes almost 20 kms of mountain biking and running in Stouffville.
Veterans of the event will be glad to know that the relay will continue to be as challenging but as rewarding as year’s past. Teams will consist of up to 15 people, and will be divided between elite, recreational and corporate groups.
The relay is set to start at Gore’s Landing on Rice Lake with the finishing line at Seneca King Campus in King City.
ORTA organizers are hoping to once again showcase one of the best stretches of nature north of Toronto, with the goal of maintaining, promoting and improve the trail for years to come.
“We raise between $15,000 and $20,000 a year and it helps finance our work on the trails, maintaining the trails, building boardwalks and any other infrastructure for the trail,” said Alexander. “It’s very helpful, financially. “
The Moraine Adventure Relay, now in its tenth year, provides ORTA with the opportunity to showcase the natural beauty of its trails. People of all ages participate in the event, eager to begin their summer by enjoying the outdoors.
“Hiking keeps you young and a lot of our older members are senior citizens,” added Alexander. “They are very active on the trail and they go on long hikes. We have a lot of young racers as well, people of all ages participate.”
Race time will be 9 a.m. on June 11, the event lasting the entire day.