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Classic (and often cold) Canadian winter races that will chill you to the bone

Keep that race rust off this winter with this collection of select Canadian events across the country

Yukon Arctic Ultra
Yukon Arctic Ultra
Photo: Marcel Hasenbalg.

Though winter is generally a quieter time in Canadian running for races, there are still notable events that are set to happen across the country.

From Dec. 21 to March 19, the Boxing Day 10-Miler kicks off the winter road racing season for most while St. Patrick’s Day races close out winter running events three months into 2018.

Here’s a collection of races for the winter months in Canada.

Boxing Day 10-Miler

Dec. 26, 2017

Resolution Run

Various dates

Frostbite River Run 5-Miler

January (TBD) 2018

Hypothermic Half-Marathon

January to March

Pioneer 8K

Jan. 7, 2018
Saanich, B.C.

Richmond Road Races

Jan. 14, 2018
Richmond, Ont.

Trail de la Nuit Polaire

Jan. 20, 2018
Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, Que.

Steveston Icebreaker

Jan. 21, 2018
Richmond, B.C.

Robbie Burns 8K

Jan. 28, 2018
Burlington, Ont.

Yukon Arctic Ultra

Feb. 1, 2018

Valentine’s 5K

Feb. 11, 2018
St. Catharines

‘First Half’ Half-Marathon


Feb. 11, 2018

Amherst Valentine Run

Feb. 17, 2018
Amherst, N.S.


Feb. 18, 2018

Défi Hivernal Île-Bizard

Feb. 25, 2018
L’Île-Bizard, Que.

Freeze Your Gizzard

Feb. 25, 2018
Montague, P.E.I.

Chilly Half-Marathon

March 4, 2018
Burlington, Ont.

Brainsport Brainfreeze

March 4, 2018

6633 Arctic Ultra

March 9, 2018
Eagle Plains Hotel, Yukon

Le 15K des Pichous

March 10, 2018
Jonquière, Que.

Blitz Snowshoe Fun Run

March 10, 2018
Lake Louise, Alta.

The Original St. Patrick’s Day Road Race

March 11, 2018

BMO St Patrick’s Day 5K


March 17, 2018

Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K

March 18, 2018

Check out raceguide.ca for more information.