Anyone 12 years of age and up!! Anyone who remembers the exhiliaration of playing in the snow – building snow forts, trudging up and down the toboggan hill! Polar Rush is for non-athletes, athletes, Mom, Dad, Grandpa – The Polar Rush is for anyone with a pair of boots, a good spirit, and who is tired of looking at the snow out their window!
The end of February usually brings freezing temperatures, so a good pair of trail running shoes or light boots are perfect for Polar Rush. Some workout pants – track pants or spandex – is all you’ll need as well as a wicking layer up top (polypro, wool) and a light jacket, gloves and a toque. More may be needed if it is colder, or maybe less if it’s warmer!!
Snow is harder to run in than bare ground, and we will use hilly terrain. Add to that 12+ obstacles, and a fast runner might come in around 45 minutes. For those who are looking more for the experience of flying down a ski run on a crazy carpet, climbing snow walls and crawling through snow caves – allow up to 2 hours to complete POLAR RUSH!
Horseshoe Resort features plenty of indoor space – as well as our massive outdoor bonfire, we will have more than enough space for you to keep warm.
We don’t have an official team registration – just make sure you and your friends all register in THE SAME WAVE – and you’ll do it together! We do have savings for bulk registrations (see registration page) but you must sign everyone up AT THE SAME TIME to take advantage of these savings! You will automatically be put into the same wave if you take advantage of this.
Unless an unlikely tornado touches down, Polar Rush will run with whatever weather the weather lady hands us – The end of February should still feature fluffy winter snow without bone-chilling cold. Average temperatures for the end of February are approx. Minus 5 degrees.
Not necessarily, but make sure you have taken advantage of your time this winter to at least exercise twice a week, be it a long walk, cross country ski, gym workouts, hockey or anything else that works your cardio vascular system. Many people will choose to briskly walk Polar Rush, while others will run, but all will have a good time – and EVERYONE is welcome to come say goodbye to winter and hello to spring!
The founders of Polar Rush are mountain bikers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers and general outdoor buffs – and we HATE seeing people sit around all winter waiting for spring. We LOVE winter. We LOVE fun. Polar Rush is winter FUN! Obstacle racing fanatics need an early season tune-up, before the May rush of Mud Hero, Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder and other obstacle events descend on Ontario.
We want to make sure it’s still winter, and many people seem mentally “checked out” of winter by the middle of March. We can also Add a “snow gun run” feature at the end of February! We feel this is the perfect date for Polar Rush!
Full refunds, minus a nominal fee from our online provider, are available up to two weeks prior to the event (midnight, Friday February 12). After this time, switching your registration to another person is allowed, and if you are unable to find a replacement, your registration will be forwarded to next year’s Polar Rush. NO switching is allowed past midnight, Wednesday February 24, due to administration needed for timing etc.
We encourage spectating! There’s some great spots to cheer on your friends! There is NO spectator fee, and Horseshoe’s facilities are there with multiple restaurants, a cafe, and an awesome outdoor BBQ!!