Forest Lea Freestyle Race

2015 Forest Lea Freestyle (Skate) Ski Race

January 25, 2015

The Forest Lea Freestyle XC Ski race is a cross-country skiing event open to all to celebrate the Forest Lea ski trails. The race also serves to help prepare our local high school ski teams for their racing season and to raise money for trail maintenance and club development. Funds raised at last year's event were put towards trail improvement.

Online Registration:
Registration AVAILABLE SOON on Zone 4. Please use the following link to register: 

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Date:  January 25, 2015

The Event:  
There are several distances to choose from, open to all ages and all are 'freestyle' (i.e. open to either skate or classic techniques, but generally most folks skate). Race format will be mass start, one start per distance, with 5-10 minutes between starts. Schedule will be posted on-site race-day. There will be Male and Female categories/results for each distance. All distances are approximate and will be marked with coloured arrows:

10km (white trail)
6km (orange)
4.5km (blue)
3km (green) 

All race routes will be marked with coloured arrows.

The Location:
Forest Lea Trails are located at the end of Forest Lea Rd., West of Pembroke (between Pembroke and Petawawa). Exit south off Hwy. 17 onto Forest Lea Rd, travel 5 km to end of pavement. Drive time is 1.5 hr from Kanata or Mattawa.,+-77.279720&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=64.497063,157.675781&vpsrc=0&doflg=ptk&t=h&z=14

There is a cabin (no changerooms). There is no running water, so make sure to bring plenty of your own. There are two outhouses on site.

Spectators are welcome!

Sign-in and bib pick-up will be open at 9am on race day, and close at 9:30. There is one start per distance, with 5-10 minutes between starts. The first mass start will go at 10am. Schedule will be posted on-site race-day.


Light snacks will be served post-race. Awards will be presented once all the racers are finished and will be based on male/female results for each distance. You must be present to win a drawprize. Thanks to Gearheads in Petawawa who are always very generous in supporting our event.
Times will be posted on the blog shortly after race day.

Registration Details:
PRE-REGISTRATION/PAYMENT online only (no race day registration) or in person at GEARHEADS ski/bike shop ( This is a volunteer run event and all proceeds support the Forest Lea Trails and the PAXC ski club. Registration closes Saturday, Jan 25th at NOON.

Refunds will not be given for any reason. In the event of extreme temperatures, poor trail conditions, or other unforeseen events PAXC reserves the right to alter race start times, distances, combine age groups, postpone the event to a later date or cancel the event. Pre-race updates regarding adverse conditions will be posted to this website.

 for online registration, click here


All events = $
(Note: there is a small additional fee applied by Zone4 to process transactions)

More Information:

On xc skiing in the Ottawa
On the Forest Lea Trails & Enduro:
On our local ski shop: