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Pick Your Poison Trail Race

12.5k / 25k / 50k


APRIL 26, 2025

We've kicked off your 2024 race season with a wet one! Our 14th PYP is done and it was an unforgettable day of running, laughs and mud! Check out the race recap and set those alarms for December 1, 8:00pm EST to make sure you get in on our 15th year!


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You're not going to risk missing out on your jar of honey right?

It is tradition that each racer gets a jar of honey

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From jars of honey to the technical finisher socks, PYP is one sweet race!  A challenging 12.5k loop through the Heights of Horseshoe in Craighurst, Ontario (Barrie area) awaits you, and runners can choose one of three distances to run including our 12.5k, 25k and 50k races, but what poison will you pick? Each loop presents challenging terrain and climbs that will elevate the heartrate of even the most experienced trail runner. You'll never know what the conditions will be on race day as the variability of Canadian spring weather has given us everything from t-shirt weather to snow! Proceeds from the race go to local social service organizations and the Copeland Forest Friends. Come for the day or stay in the area for the weekend and enjoy the many scenic vistas that Simcoe County has to offer.

Pick Your Poison Trail Race 2024 was fun for all!


Registration will open on DEC 1, 2024 at 8:00pm EST


We maintain a wait list through Race Roster. As runners withdraw from the race, people on the waitlist will be given an opportunity to register for the race based on the order they registered. Selected participants will be notified via email once selected and have one week to register once the email is sent. The odds of getting into the race depend primarily on the amount of turnover from the registered runners list. Since we don’t have any control over this, your guess is as good as ours. When registering on the waitlist, you will be charged only if you are selected from the waitlist and you accept the invitation to become a registered runner.



We do not offer refunds. Runners can defer to the following year. Deferrals can be carried over for max 2 years. Deferrals can be made up to midnight EST on April 15 each year.


Distance Transfers and Deferrals

Runners can transfer distances and request deferrals up to the midnight EST, on April 15. If transferring to a longer distance, runners must pay the difference in current registration values. There is no refund for runners transferring to shorter distances. We also realize that injuries in sport happen. If you are unable to run for any reason, please contact us and we can defer your race entry.


Bib Transfers

Our waitlist necessitates that bibs cannot be transferred. If you are not able to race this year we can defer your entry but your bib from this year will be passed on to somebody on the waitlist and cannot be assigned to another runner outside of the waitlist. Exceptions are made for grandparents. We love beastly, ultra trail running grandparents. If your grandma or gramps is over 70, you can transfer the bib to them.




"I felt so good crossing the finish line!! A huge thank you to everyone organizing and volunteers! What an awesome event, smile, smiles, smiles all over! Thank you!"


"Thanks so much, this is my first attempt of trail running race since I landed in Toronto a year ago. The course is well marked and the volunteers are helpful. I also like the finisher socks which are very thoughtful. Appreciate it!"

Larry Wong

"Thanks for a brilliant race day. I've never laughed as hard as I did yesterday with all the mud!"

Lucy Staves

A woman with earrings and a hat is smiling.


Event Date

Saturday, April 26, 2025

Start Time

8:00 am 50k
8:30 am 25K
9:00 am 12.5K


5:00pm cutoff time for all distances. 50k runners must have started final lap at 2:30pm. 



The Heights of Horseshoe, 1106 Horseshoe Valley Rd., Horseshoe Valley ON, L4M 4Y8

Kit Pickup

Pre-Race Kit Pickup



Race Day Kit Pickup

Saturday April 26th, 2025 7:00am-9:00am at the race venue (Heights of Horseshoe)


First come, first served basis 


2025 Registration Open Date

The 2025 registration opens on December 1, 2025 at 8:00pm 


375 runners, 125 runners for each distance

Aid Station Info

Each loop will be stocked with 3 aid stations. The usual fare will be present: pop, water, electrolytes, various candy assortments, chips, and pickles. Additional foods may be present such as PB & J sandwiches, and hot soup.

Post-Race Food

Each runner will receive a ticket for their post-race meal. Post-race food will include a boxed lunch from the venue.   

Course Preview

Electrolyte and gel sponsors

The Hammer Nutrition Canada logo

Race prize sponsors


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The Athletics Ontario race sanction seal



382 Birchgrove Dr W, Callander, On


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