Race takes you off the beaten path

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For the first time, the 5 Peaks Trail Run series is making its way through Saskatchewan, with races taking place in Wakamow Valley on July 27. 

The 5 Peaks Trail Run is making its way through Wakamow Valley for the first time on July 27. Runners will be able to test their endurance by running on paths that will take them off the regular trail route. Photo provided by www.5peaks.com. 

"We do a series of runs across the country. Our aim to to expose people to trail running, particularly in Saskatchewan where we wanted to give people the opportunity to experience some of our amazing parks and the natural trails that we have," said Shad Ali, 5 Peaks Saskatchewan race director. 

Wakamow Valley will host a kids 1K and 3K race followed by a Sports Course at 5K and an Enduro Course that is 7.4K. 

"People can expect a lot of fun because we make this as enjoyable as possible. It really is a family event," said Ali. 

The race routes will start at the oval in Wakamow valley, but will take racers off the beaten path. 

"These are areas, that I think any person who comes to Wakamow Valley on a regular basis, has probably not explored or seen," said Ali. "We've made use of every river bend that goes through the valley."

The 5K Sports Course is a less challenging race which features more of a flat trail with a couple of hills. However the 7.4K Enduro Course focuses more on steep hills. 

"We didn't just use every turn, I think we also used every hill and valley," said Ali.

All in all, Ali promises that the race will be an enjoyable experience and a way to promote the park.

"This is also an opportunity for us to help the park be better known, not just around Moose Jaw, but also in surrounding areas across the province. We've been marketing this thing across Canada. It's really a great opportunity to get the message out about the park."

Everyone participating in the race will walk away with a free goodie bag, and the winner of a planking competition is promised a great surprise prize. 

"It's going to be a fun morning and we want people to come out and enjoy the fresh air. It's looking like it's going to be an amazing day. Wakamow Valley has been grooming the trails so heavily grassed areas are cleared. We encourage people to come out."

Race day registration will not be available so registration for any of the races must be done by July 25, at www.5peaks.com

5Peaks Trail Run Schedule:

7 a.m - Packet pickup for all events (closes at 8:45 a.m.)

8:30 a.m. - Start of the 3K kids timed event

8:45 a.m. - Start of the Children's Challenge (free)

9:15 a.m. - Start of the Sport and Enduro Course

9:30 a.m. - Post race food and beverage 

11 a.m. - Awards ceremony 

Other races:

August 17 - Wascana Park in Regina

August 29 - Meewasin Valley in Saskatoon 

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