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About 80 runners help usher in 30th season of Snowflake Series

Participants ranged from six to 75 years of age, with race conditions being near perfect for the first race of the popular four-event series

A sign of things getting back to a few years ago, the Snowflake Running Series entered its 30th year in Orillia.

The race is supported under the Orillia Lions umbrella, and club members registered the participants and runners then went out and ran a five-kilometre course along Orillia’s lakefront streets of Bay and Maple on Sunday morning.

Approximately 80 runners turned out for the race; participants ranged from six to 75 years of age, with race conditions being near perfect. A light dusting of snow and temperatures at freezing made for good footing and quick times.

The race utilizes a 'chip timing' system that records the start/finish time of each runner as they pass over an activation loop, with results recorded with a satellite time synchronization. A long way from the early days of race bibs and clipboards and hand recording times.

The next race is on Dec. 18, then Jan. 1, and Jan. 18. Registration can be done online on this website or on race day at the Orillia Legion. All races start at 10 a.m.

Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item which will be taken to the Orillia Sharing Place.