Beaudry Lemming Loop
*Note: Due to the high water levels of the Assiniboine River this summer, there is a risk that Beaudry Park will still be under water or un-runnable for October. We are, however, working on two backup locations and will post the details once we have established all our permits and permissions. Thanks!
Friday October 3rd 2014 will be the start of the fifth running of the Beaudry Lemming Loop where you will compete against the clock to see how far you can go in the time limit. The 24 hour event starts Friday afternoon. The 3/6/12 hour races will start Saturday morning. In 2009, Janet Findlay set the bar really high, three trail marathons in 12 hours; anyone willing to try and beat that? Then in 2010, Sue Lucas set a Canadian record for her age group in the 12 hour while taking the overall victory as well.
The Lemming Loop can be entered as either a solo runner or in relay teams of 2, 3 or 4 runners/walkers. If you are interested in participating in a relay event, but need to find a team, e-mail us and we’ll play matchmaker.
The Beaudry Lemming Loop will be held at Beudry Provincial Park, west of Winnipeg on Roblin Boulevard (see this map for directions). Please note that a valid Provincial park pass is required to enter the park. There are primitive washroom facilities on site, which will be augmented by port-a-potties. We will have tents set up for weather protection and if needed, they will be heated.
See who is registered on the roster page.
To pay by cheque, fill in the on-line form and choose the ‘Pay by Cheque’ option.
The trail system at Beaudry Park is nestled in the nooks of the Assiniboine River and although narrow in some places, is never quite down to single track. There are no hills to speak of, but there is just enough variation to keep you thinking about where you’re going. The weather is typically mild this time of year with only a slight chance of rain (and hopefully a zero chance of snow!)
The 5km loop we have mapped out will start/finish at the north end of the main parking lot, heading east to the trail system. Each kilometre will be marked and junctions will be signed with directional arrows. The live map below shows you the trail and also where the park is.
View Beaudry Park – Lemming Loop in a larger map
There will be staggered start times for the four events. The 24 hour race will start at 5:00pm on the afternoon of Friday October 3rd. On Saturday morning, the 12 hour racers will start at 6:00am, the 6 hour racers at 9:00am and the 3 hour group at 11:00am. NOTE: The 12 hour racers will most likely want a headlamp/flashlight for the the first 60 – 90 minutes. Of course, the 24 hour will have about 12 hours of darkness starting at about 7:30pm.
Kit Pick Up:
Kit pick up and in person registration for the Lemming Loop will be held at the race site Friday afternoon starting at 2:00pm. Registration and kit pick up for each event will close 30 minutes before the start of that event (ie. 5:30 am for the 12 hour, 8:30 for the 6 hour and 9:30 for the three hour).
In addition to the typical aid station fare you would find at an ultra (think carby smorg in the forest!) we will have a great BBQ to fill you up when your race is over.
The main aid station will be at the start/finish area and will be well stocked with water, sports drink and a variety of more solid nutrition options typical of an ultramarathon event. There will be a secondary water only station at approximately half way around the loop. There will be a variety of hot foods available overnight for the 24 hour race as well; requests are welcome!