Sure we time all our events and the race winners are mentioned in passing, but Mad Trapper events are more about participation and socializing than they are cut-throat, testosterone-fueled competition.
Prizes? Yes we have A LOT! And they are all awarded randomly, the 31st finisher has as good a chance of winning a prize as the overall winner.
Food? You betcha! And we're not talking rock hard green bananas, warm yogurt and a stale bagel. We're talking homemade chili and casseroles, fresh fruit, and the WORLD FAMOUS Mad Trapper "baked with love" brownies.
Beer Sponsor??? Of course we have a beer sponsor. Quality socializing is always best experienced over a pint of ale.
Fred likes to escort the racers to the trail head.
A Message from the Mad Trapper
The Passion for Trail Racing
Trail racing and trail running is what I've loved my entire life. When I created the Mad Trapper snowshoe series back in 2002 it was my goal to create a completely unique series that emphasized fun and participation over hard core, testosterone fueled competition.
Now don’t get me wrong, I know we all have different definitions of “fun”. Fun for me is sharing stories and relaxing with friends. But for others, “fun” is seeing how much they can make their legs and lungs hurt!
I think I've succeeded in meeting the needs of everyone with both our trail racing and snowshoe racing events. The trails at The Ark may be the best single track trails in eastern Canada. They are twisty-turny, they go left, they go right…
They are challenging…
They are relentless…
They are fun!
Trail Racing Winners and Prizes
But here’s the thing that separates Mad Trapper races from the rest. The Mad Trapper trail races always makes a point of mentioning the race winners, but they are not necessarily rewarded with a prize. Prizes are awarded to the racers with the biggest smile at the finish, to the racer with the muddiest legs, to the racer who drove the furthest, to the oldest competitor or the youngest…
If you come to a Mad Trapper trail run event, you have as good a chance of winning a prize as anyone else there.
But even if you don’t literally win anything, you still win by attending the event. Mad Trapper trail races cost less than comparable events and the post-race party is second to none. Instead of green bananas and stale bagels, at some of our races the post-race meal includes hot lasagna or chili, soup, homemade brownies and even BEER!
Mad Trapper racers may come for the race, but they stay for the party.
If you haven’t experienced Mad Trapper trail running events, then you don’t know just how fun trail racing can be.