Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Marketing Medic's alias is The Mad Trapper! [Mike's "rap" video]



Long before I became the Marketing Medic I was known as "the Mad Trapper"

In 2003 I founded the Mad Trapper Trail and Snowshoe Series. 

Since we have 164 acres of our own land plus access to my neighbour's 150+ acres, plus access to thousands of acres of Crown Land, it only makes sense for me to have my own trails here. I can run on them, bike on them, hike on them, horseback on them, ride my ATV and collect firewood.

We've had a bunch of unique races over the year, but for the past few years we've scaled it down to the following.

Winter: Mad Trapper Snowshoe Series. This is a 3 or 4 race series (depends on how busy I am and what snow conditions are like). This series is sponsored by Atlas Snowshoes, Solefit Orthotics and Bushtukah Great Outdoor Gear. Each race has the option of a 5k or 10k course. Each race concludes indoor with a group social where we dine on some lasagna, casserole or chili my wife Monique has cooked up.

Spring: Sometime near the end of the maple syrup season we have the Pancake Prediction Run. This is an 8km gravel road run where prior to the race, runners will predict their final finish time on "the big board". Running without a watch or timing device, runners are given their final time to post beside their predicted time. The winner is the person who comes closest to guessing his/her actual finish time. Following the race we have a big pancake breakfast, complete with pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns and of course, Mad Trapper Homemade Maple Syrup.

Early Summer: In June we host 2 races on the same day:

The NOOTR (Natural Obstacle Off Trail Race). This is a 4k event that runs through the woods staying OFF the trails! In this event I take racers through, up, over and down every obstacle on my property I can find. This includes waist deep swamp crossings, cliff climbs, and canyon stream decents.

Later that afternoon we have the Trail Beer Mile. In this event, racers chug a can of beer, run 400m of single track trail and then repeat (both the beer and the trail) 3 more times for a total of 3 beers chugged and 1600m (one mile) ran.

Both races finish with a beer and BBQ social.

In August we host the women's only  Power in Pink Trail Race and Fun Run. We offer 3k, 5k and 10k options here with the bulk of the proceeds being donated to help a local woman battling cancer. Upon crossing the finish line, racers are presented with a mimosa by a cute boy in a bow tie. Then we carry on to a luncheon with awards and live auction.

Our final race of the season is held in late October and is pretty much just a straight on trail race. This event brags 3k, 5k, 10k, 21k and 50k options. As always, the race concludes with beer, food, prizes and celebrating.

Here is a promotional video I made for the snowshoe race series. I'll share a couple of my other videos in later entries.

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