Pick Your Poison Trail Run

December 2015

Registration for the 8th Annual Pick Your Poison Trail Run is up and running on the Race Roster website.  This year we have capped the number of entrants to 350 and are guaranteeing t-shirt sizes for the first 300 to register (after that it's by chance so sign up early).  We are looking forward to another SWEET race!!  Check back here for updates!


March 26th Update - 5 weeks to Race Day

Hi Everyone,

This is going to be an incredible year!  There are only 60 spots remaining for the 8th Pick Your Poison Trail Race!  After we reach 350 runners we will begin a waiting list (details to come).  We really appreciate everyone's interest in our race.  It is so much fun to put on and it has grown so much since we first started back in 2009.  

Please note, in order to try and reduce the amount of garbage produced by PYP we would really like to encourage everyone to bring a reusable bottle to refill at the aid stations.  We have lots of volunteers who are just waiting to help you refill your hydration and cheer you on your way.  Let's try to keep our paper cup waste down this year!

Stay tuned to the website for further updates!

Good luck with your training!


April 23rd Update - One week to Race Day

Registration has closed and now we are busy working on last minute trail work and organizing race day check in.  The Heights is still undergoing a huge renovation so check-in will be held in the lower level (which will also be where the bbq will be held).  Registration will open Saturday at 730am to get everyone through before the 9am start.

We suggest you bring your lawn chair as the usual picnic tables are not available, neither is the deck facing the ski hill.  We are still working out the start/finish area due to the construction.  

Parking has been moved to the parking lot right off Horseshoe Valley Rd.  You will still enter at the same spot off Horseshoe Valley Rd. but instead of making an immediate left we will ask you to continue straight to the parking lot and make the 200m walk to the chalet.  Volunteers will help direct you. 

The course is the best it's ever been. Adam and Ron have worked hard to include more single track than ever and it's all in great shape.

Shout out to some of our dedicated sponsors who help make this race as sweet as it is!  Velocity Cycle and Ski, Stoked Oats, Orillia Honey and Pulse Racing.

Please stay tuned for a mid week update for last minute information!! 


Saturday, April 30, 2016

12.5 / 25 / 50 km

The Heights of Horseshoe, Horseshoe Valley

March 20th Update - 6 weeks to Race Day

Hi Everyone,

Here we are, 6 weeks until race day and everything is really ramping up!  Registration has record numbers and there are officially less than 100 spots left.  If you are still considering joining us you may want to make a decision soon or risk missing out.  The coveted (and always well-deserved) finishers socks have been ordered.  This year we chose to go with a new company and style. They're gonna be awesome.  We have also ordered 33 dozen jars of honey to help make sure this is the sweetest race in the country.  The t-shirt order will be going in soon too - the same soft cotton, high quality t-shirts as last year.

Adam and Ron have started discussing trail layout and with much less snow than normal this winter they should be able to get out soon to start raking the course and removing any brush from the trails.  Being one of the first events of the season, they spend hours and hours in the weeks leading up to the race cleaning up the winter debris making sure the trail is clearly visible and safe for our runners.  This year they hope to add a bit more single track to the course.

The Heights of Horseshoe is still open for skiing but will likely wrap up their season with the annual puddle-jump next weekend.  They are also still undergoing a massive renovation.  The building we have always used has been completely renovated and will be available for us next month including the bathrooms!! (for those of you who joined us last year - no more port-a-potties!!)  They are also adding on a huge addition where our start/finish used to be.  We will be able to enjoy the new space for PYP 2017.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to email us at pickyourpoisontr@gmail.com and we can help clear them up.

That's all for now.  Thank-you everyone for your interest in our race.  We are looking forward to seeing old friends and making new friends on April 30th.

Good luck with your training!


April 26th, Update - 4 days to Race Day

This year we are really excited to announce that we will be offering early check in on Friday afternoon at the Heights between noon and approximately 6pm.  We will be there setting up registration so feel free to stop in early and pick up your bib and swag and save yourself time on race morning. You can also use it as an opportunity to get your bearings and find your way around the Heights.  We just ask that you respect the construction staff who are working hard to get the chalet ready for PYP 2017 (I'm sure that's the sole reason for the incredible reno that is going on!)

Please note:  if you did not get a spot in this year's race we understand the disappointment.  We are not able to increase the race numbers because the custom swag can not be made last minute and the renovation is limiting our available space.  We will re-examine our numbers for next year.  Please feel free to email with any questions you may have but we will not be able to take requests to be added in last minute.  We sincerely appreciate your understanding.  

We are so excited to see everyone on Saturday!


2016 Results (copy and paste in browser): http://zone4.ca/results.asp?id=8188.

2016 Course map available here (copy and paste in your browser): http://www.movescount.cn/moves/move103046844 

April 1st Update - Wait List is open 

We have officially reached our cap of 350 runners.  An additional event called "wait list" has been added to the registration page.  If you are still interested in joining us on April 30th please add your name to the wait list and we will register people if we have cancellations.  When a spot opens up you will be emailed a registration request and will have 24 hours to reply.  Please check your email often while on the wait list.