Polar Rush returns!

Early Bird Registration Opens Midnight September 21!

February 25, 2017

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TAKE THE POLAR RUSH CHALLENGEThe most exhilarating snowy obstacle event and a rush unlike any other!!

12 FUN OBSTACLES!

Challenge yourself by navigating through 12 fun obstacles over the 5km course!

ALL DAY EVENT!

The day is not over once you cross the finish line - stick around and enjoy everything that Horseshoe Resort has to offer!

GREAT VENUE!

Conveniently located just an hour north of Toronto, Horseshoe Resort is fun for thrill-seekers and adventurers alike!

FINISHER MEDAL!

All racers receive an awesome Polar Rush finisher medal!

THE POLAR RUSH EXPERIENCE

Featuring 12+ obstacles, a bonfire after party and a guaranteed finishers medal, Polar Rush is ultimate kick-off to Spring! Runners will embark on a fun 5km adventure through such obstacles as wall climbing, crazy carpeting, tube running and snow crawling.
The fun doesn't end after 5km - stay and enjoy the fun resort atmosphere and amenities afforded by Horeseshoe Resort! Grab some post-race refreshments or rent a room at the resort and stay for a weekend of fun!

Course MapChallenge yourself by navigating through 12 fun obstacles over the 5km course!

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2017 COURSE MAP COMING SOON!

Frequently asked questionsWe've put together a few answers to help you conquer Polar Rush!

Who can participate in POLAR RUSH?

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!

What do I need to participate? What do I wear?

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!!

How long will it take to complete the 5km circuit?

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!

What happens Race day?

EVENT SCHEDULE

  • Drive to the event, be sure to be at the parking area approx. 2 hours in advance of your start.
  • Park – Make sure to be there approx. 2 hours in advance of the event. There may be a SHORT Shuttle service to the start area. You may take the chairlift back up to the main lot – logistics to be updated closer to the event
  • Register – Be sure to have your ID handy upon time of registration. You will also sign waivers (print here), at which time you will get your race Bib, Polar Rush toque, and other goodies.
  • Bag Drop – There will be an unorganized area to leave your bags in registration and locker area!!
  • HAVE FUN IN THE SNOW!!! Get to the start area 10 minutes prior to your start, warm up, be hydrated and have a RUSH!!!
  • Relax by the fire with a beer!! Yes, you’re done, now grab some food, enjoy the DJ, the BBQ, the bonfires and the fun of Polar Rush!

How will I stay warm after the event is finished?

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.

How does it work with teams? Do we register together?

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.

What if it’s Raining? Snowing? Windy? Cold?

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.

Do I need to train for Polar Rush?

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!

Where did the idea of Polar Rush come from?

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.

Why is Polar Rush 3 weeks earlier than last year’s March break date?

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!

What is the Polar Rush refund policy?

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.

Can spectators come? Is there a spectator fee?

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!!

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OUR SPONSORSA BIG THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! WE'RE ALSO EXCITED TO BE SUPPORTING SICKKIDS!


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1101 HORSESHOE VALLEY ROAD, BARRIE, ON L4M 4Y8
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(705) 835-2790
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