By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
For the 10th straight year, the trails and lakes of the Oak Ridges Moraine will become one of the most exciting racetracks in the province.
Teams will canoe, run and cycle their way across 160 kilometres of the moraine as part of the 10th-annual Moraine Adventure Relay, put on by the Oak Ridges Trail Association (ORTA).
According to Frank Alexander, publicity coordinator for the event, ORTA is hoping this year will be the biggest relay yet, and they’re reaching back into the history books to make it happen.
“We are contacting all teams that have ever participated in the relay over the past 10 years and motivating them to come back for the 10th anniversary,” Alexander explains.
Teams of up to 15 people are encouraged to get involved in the relay, with divisions for recreational, corporate or elite participants.
The race is divided into 14 sections of varying lengths, spanning from Gore’s Landing on Rice Lake in the east, to King City in the west. With the exception of a two-person canoe section, each leg is completed by a single team member.
Checkpoints are dotted across the relay at the end of each leg, with Oshawa’s checkpoint being situated at Purple Woods.
With the event coming up this summer, currently slated for June 11, ORTA is looking to get the word out and have teams registered prior to the early bird deadline on April 30.
The even is ORTA’s annual fundraising initiative, with all proceeds from team entrance fees and sponsorships going toward the moraine in the form of improved signage along trails, boardwalks, parking lots and maintenance equipment.
The Oak Ridges Moraine is the longest of its kind in Canada, provides drinking water to 250,000 people and is along one of the longest green corridors in southern Ontario.
To register or to get more information on the relay, visit oakridgestrail.org/adventure-relay or visit the Moraine Adventure Relay Facebook page.
Teams may also contract Michele for further information at (905) 833-6600 or 1-877-319-0285, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.