The Coolest Obstacle Run  in Canada

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March 7th & 8th 2020

 

14 Obstacles

5 km Course

Free Digital Photos

Free Toque for first 1200 participants, Buff for all others!

Bonfire Afterparty

Finisher

Medal

Polar Rush is the ultimate winter activity! 

See Polar Rush in Action

Runners take off through 5km of SUPER fun 5km terrain, complete with wall climbs, crazy carpeting, tube running, snow crawling and much more! The fun doesn't end after 5km - stay and enjoy the fun resort atmosphere and amenities afforded by Horseshoe Resort! 

 
 

Beat the Rush!

Register early to save

TO DECEMBER 15th

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  • RACE PARTICIPATION

  • CUSTOM FINISHER MEDAL

  • FREE PHOTOS COURTESY OF APEX

  • FREE POLAR RUSH TOQUE

TO JANUARY 26th

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  • RACE PARTICIPATION

  • CUSTOM FINISHER MEDAL

  • FREE PHOTOS COURTESY OF APEX

  • FREE POLAR RUSH TOQUE OR BUFF (PAST 1200 PARTICIPANTS)

To Wed. March 4

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  • RACE PARTICIPATION

  • CUSTOM FINISHER MEDAL

  • FREE PHOTOS COURTESY OF APEX

  • FREE POLAR RUSH BUFF

DAY OF

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  • RACE PARTICIPATION

  • CUSTOM FINISHER MEDAL

  • FREE PHOTOS COURTESY OF APEX

  • NO GUARANTEE OF GIFT, EITHER A BUFF OR PREVIOUS YEARS' T-SHIRT

 

“I look forward to running this race again and I would recommend it to anyone especially those looking to do their first winter race or OCR in general. The obstacles were fun and not extremely difficult and the snow filled terrain was definitely the challenge.”

Everybody Loves Polar Rush!

 

Course Map

HOVER OVER THE MAP TO CHECK OUT THE OBSTACLES!

 

EVENT SCHEDULE

  • 7:30am: Registration opens

  • 8:30am: Timed Elite/open timed wave starts (Saturday ONLY)

  • 9:00am to 3:00pm: Open waves start every half hour

  • 10:00am: Awards for the 8:30am wave

  • 5:00pm: Last participants finish

  • All day: BBQ, Bonfires, and FUN!

The Polar Rush Experience

We snap it, you share it! 

All participants get FREE digital photos from the event!

Did you star in the 2019 recap video?

 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN POLAR RUSH?


Anyone 10 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?


End of February/early march usually brings freezing temperatures (but not super freezing) - 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!! WAIVERS: You can also speed the registration process by completing your waivers before you arrive! Get them here: Resort Waiver / Event Waiver




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?


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?


There is a column for “Team name” at time of registration. It is up to you to enter the same wave, and enter you team name. We are excited to know your team names as you await the start, so our announcer can give you a good shout-out!




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/early March should still feature fluffy winter snow without bone-chilling cold. Average temperatures for this time of year are approx. Minus 5 degrees. **Oddly, the last two weeks of February have been warmer than the first two weeks of March! ie. in today's climate, you just don't know!




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 DO YOU RUN POLAR RUSH AT THE END OF FEBRUARY/EARLY MARCH?


This time of year averages only about minus 5 or warmer, it’s rare to get blistery cold, and it’s still winter! Our inaugural year was at the tailend of March, and we found people were “over winter” – this is where we get our new slogan – if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!. 2019 had rain in the leadup to the event, and the last few years early March was COLDER than late February! We've always had great snow in this near-north snow belt, so this is a great time of year to get a rush, a POLAR rush!




WHAT IS THE POLAR RUSH REFUND POLICY?


When you pre-register for an event you are making a commitment. The organizer also used this to gauge spending, ordering your schwag, and it is not simple to reimburse your money if something better comes up. No refunds will be issued AFTER December 31, 2019, however all participants can transfer their registration at no additional cost, up to Wednesday, February 27,2019.




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!!




HOW CAN I FIND MY RACE TIME AT A PREVIOUS POLAR RUSH?


All times can be found over at timeral





 

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