It’s trail running season!

I’m so excited that the trails are free of ice and ready for runners – it’s time for the 5 Peaks Race Series!

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I’m thrilled that I’ve been asked again to be a 5 Peaks Ambassador for the Ontario race series. I’ll be at each race over the course of the summer and in between, hooking up with some local run groups and leading some trail runs in Toronto as part of the RunTOBeer #VentureOffTheBeatenPath series with Muskoka Brewery.

Bonus? I’ve got a discount code for you to use if you want to sign up for a 5 Peaks race! Simply enter ALLEGRA at checkout and you’ll get a 10% discount. This works for any distance, and even for kids’ races, too! Click here to see the races available in your area.

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Some of the 5 Peaks Ontario Ambassador team 

 

5 Peaks offers two distances, the sport distance, which is between 5K and 7K depending on the trail, and the enduro distance, which is between 12K and 14K.

For all you road runners – trail running is beautiful. The longest I drove to a race was about an hour from Toronto and, in some cases, I was running along cliffs and climbing the escarpment (Rattlesnake Point). Other times running along the side of a lake (Heart Lake) and even running through deep water in a marsh (that one time at Kortright Centre).

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5 Peaks is extremely welcoming to new trail runners. Especially those of us who need a break from being so focused on “race pace” after spring racing. Your watch won’t matter much – depending on the course and the weather, it’s not possible to run your usual road pace. It’s a great chance to just run!

They also put a real focus on family. People come with their kids not just to watch, but to race as well! There’s a Children’s Challenge which runs between 500m – 1K  and a 3K timed event for older kids.

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Me and my mum after she ran her first 5 Peace race

Another big bonus is the amazing SWAG that 5 Peaks provides. CLIF Bars galore, of course, but the best is a piece of 5 Peaks swag (e.g. BUFF Canada makes a 5 Peaks buff every year) and this year, there’s a partnership with Territory Run Co. for some top of the line gear. If you haven’t checked out Territory Run Co., I highly recommend you follow them on instagram. Best inspiration to get you to lace up your running shoes and explore the wild.

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Territory Run Co.’s new 5 Peaks hats (photo via Jacob Puzey)

I’m also an Ambassador for Altra who have multiple pairs of shoes per race to give away! There will even be a demo fleet of shoes for you to try out during your race – how awesome is that?

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After the races there is oodles of nut butter, bagels, bananas, apples, cookies, chips, pretzels and more CLIF Bars. Basically, the best post-race food I’ve ever had. While you’re noshing, the awards are given out. In between the awards, there are games and friendly competition (plank-off, anyone?) and winners are allowed to grab something from the EPIC prize table that features swanky prizes from many more 5 Peaks sponsors.

One new sponsor is Xact Nutrition who will be providing delicious on-course nutrition. Some of the Ontario Ambassadors got out for a run with Xact Nutrition co-owner Lawrence last week around Crother’s Woods where we got a chance to try some of their products. With all natural fruit, plus natural caffeine, electrolytes and antioxidants – you guys are going to be hopping on course. Yet another reason to get out there and run with this awesome community!

Reminder: use my promo code ALLEGRA for a discount at your next 5 Peaks Race.

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