Seaton Soaker Trail Races

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Location 2155 Liverpool Road North


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Start Date/Time May 13, 2017 @ 8:30 am
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Alistair Munro
May 18th, 2017 5:18 pm

Love this race. Very well marked, fantastic volunteers and a great community vibe. Plus fantastic pictures by photographer Dave Robinet. Thank you Colin and Lee Anne for putting on such a great race. I hope I can make it back again next year.

May 15th, 2017 6:37 pm

Great First 50K!

I had a great time running my first trail race and first ultra on Saturday. The weather could not be more perfect and thankfully the trails were relatively dry after all that recent rain. The volunteers and aid stations were amazing and everyone on course was so supportive. I finished pretty late (7:32), but everyone treated me like I was in the lead pack, with lots of help transitioning at the halfway and lots of good vibes from the other runners. I loved the course- the river crossing was so much fun!!! The woods were so scenic and the trilliums all in bloom!!

At first I was a bit disappointed with buffs instead of medals for the finish, but I LOVE the buff! It is so cool and I kept taking it off when tell people about my run (though I have much less appropriate names for those hills!!)

If I can offer some suggestions it would be a portapotty at the finish/midway (I had to go at 25K, but had to hold it until 32.5K!) and to not remove the rope crossing so early. We were still within the 8 hour cutoff, but they took the rope and firefighters away just before we got there and we ended up crossing at the wrong spot and it was pretty deep and didn't feel very safe!! Luckily the water was pretty calm.

I will be back again next year for some distance for sure! Right now my quads are voting for only 25LL :)

Morten Fogh
May 15th, 2017 2:11 pm

I ran the 50K. Great location if you live in the GTA. Fantastic trail running. Tough course. Technical. Hard to really open up the speed, but that's what a great course is. A few unavoidable muddy areas, but the river was perfect to rinse it off and get to the finish. Quite refreshing. Great food and drink at the end. I like the buff we received rather than another medal. Light blue shirt was great, too. I have enough black, white and red shirts.

Logistics of the event are excellent. The easy parking, the access to the whole school and the access to highway afterwards. Too easy!

Will definitely be back. That was fun!

Jeff Baker
May 15th, 2017 1:13 pm

First time running the Seaton Soaker. I thought I was just signing up for your typical trail race. I was wrong, this was the best trail race I have ever ran.

Everything was first class with this race. Great organization and volunteers. Amazing course, very challenging with a little bit of everything.

The river crossing was the highlight for me. Nice refreshing dip in the water, and get those muddy shoes clean.

Can't wait for next year !

Only complaint I can think of is they need more bathrooms available before the race.

May 15th, 2017 12:48 pm

Very well organized ,maybe a couple more outhouses at the start . Probably nerves. Great trail exceeded my expectations . Stations were spaced out great , lots of good food . Will recommend to others
Thanks to all the volunteers

May 14th, 2017 11:06 pm

Fourth time running this race. Probably my favorite event in the Ontario Ultra Series. Very well organized. My kids and wife also had a blast doing the six km relay and crossing the river. Thank you Colin, Leanne and all volunteers who make this race possible every year.

May 14th, 2017 10:40 pm

My first Seaton and was thoroughly impressed with how well the race was organized and the trails marked. Kudos to Colin and Lee Anne

martin l
May 14th, 2017 7:40 pm

This was my 2nd trail race ever and I had a blast running the 25 km . Everything was extremely well organized. It is pure hell , but i do it again for sure .The river crossing was amazing .

Mike Thompson
May 14th, 2017 4:31 pm

Well organized, great trail. Thanks Colin, and all the volunteers and groovy aid station people!

May 14th, 2017 4:14 pm

My first time doing the Seaton Soaker. Did the 25km. Weather and course condition were perfect. Great race, well run with a lot of friendly faces. Highly recommend it.

May 14th, 2017 3:24 pm

Great race!! It was well marked. There were some great hills adding to the fun. Also cool how you see other runners on your way back to the finish line. I will be back next year

Pierre Marcoux
May 14th, 2017 3:44 pm

Seaton Soaker Race Report

Again, almost ideal running weather at Seaton. This is filling me with foreboding, for upcoming races. I don't ever recall having excellent weather for 3 races in a row. The race started with a slight drizzle, then remained cool (8C?) and cloudy for the first 25K loop. The sun came out for the second loop, so I doffed my fleece, although the temperature was never more than about 12C. I ran with Nuun in my water bottle, which allowed me more freedom in what to eat and drink at the aid stations. One is never perfectly certain, but I think I have found the correct schedule of fluid / nutrition / supplements intake for me. I ate very little on the first loop, being more intent on wasting little time at the aid stations. Seaton has none of the major climbs that are so generously sprinkled along the second half of Poison's 12.5K loop, but I was still surprised to see 3:12 for my first 25K loop. Seaton has an ingenious course layout where you run on dry trail on the way out, yet there is a river crossing on the way back to the start/finish. On the way out, there is a beaver dam, which means getting your shoes muddy, but with some care, you can avoid a soaking. The course layout means that those in the 15K and 25K races get their feet wet about 3K from the finish, which translates into no blisters!

The 50K is a different story, as we have to run the course twice. At the S/F (25K), I took the time to shed my socks and shoes and don dry socks and shoes. Aside from a few muddy spots, the trail was in great condition. I was hoping for this as I wanted to wear my road Hokas for the second loop. The Hokas provide more cushioning, which translates into less wear and tear on the knees. Off I went on the second loop, hoping to run at least until the turn-around (37.5K) without having to resort to walking. More importantly, I was worried that the hamstring cramping that affected me at Poison might resurface. Again, wearing the road Hokas for the second loop meant my knees behaved themselves, resulting in less wear of my right quads on the downhills. Using Nuun in my water bottle resulted in NO cramping during the 50K. I had to slow for the last 5K, as I could feel the odd twinge that presages cramping.

Here is the 50K race nutrition strategy that worked for me:

Unit Type: Late 50's human male @ 185 lbs., with 40+ years running and several injuries.

Calcium (Tums): 25K
Electrolyte: In water bottle (hip belt)
Ibuprofen: 12.5K (one 200 mg tab) and 25K (one 200 mg tab)
Salt tab: 18K and 28K
Gel: 7K, 18K, 25K, 30K, 38K and 45K
Coke: Most aid stations after 25K

I had a chocolate milk at 47K and although it sat funny in my stomach, seemed to help me get to the finish line. I normally drink chocolate milk as a recovery drink.

At the turn-around (37.5K), I was still running well, albeit at a slow pace. This surprised me because I normally take 4 - 6 weeks to recovery from a 50K. When I run long 2 weeks after a 50K, I hit the wall very hard, around 35K. Perhaps my 6K walk at Poison mitigated the normal issues running long shortly after a 50K, as technically, I only ran 40K, then walked 6K, then ran/walked 4K. Who knows! At about 38K, I hooked up with a youngster (she was 48) whose name escapes me. Having no memory is normal for me, especially under the stress of a long race. Since we were both in need of a pacer to see us to the finish, decided to run together. We took turns leading. A strange thing about leading a group (in this case, a group of 2) is that it feels great to do so while you are fresh, but at 45+K into a race, the opposite is true. It sucks to be in front, desperately striving to maintain a healthy running pace. At one point both sad and humorous, neither of us wanted to lead!

By 47K I had reached that point where I could not slow down, without resorting to a walk and increasing my pace would result in cramping. We hit the river crossing where I ran across (I felt I would stop if I slowed down) and continue towards the finish. The youngster caught up to me with about 1K to go, but as she was running at a pace I could not match, urged her to go ahead and finish strong.

I continued at a slow and steady pace, out of the woods onto a field, up a small hill, around the sports field, then towards the finish line. The clock read 6:49:52. I toyed briefly with sprinting to the line to finish under 6:50, but quickly realized that was a bad idea. I had forgotten that my chip time would be a minute less than the gun time. I finished in 6:49:36.

And so, 2 races down and hopefully at least another 6 to go in my own personal albatross known as the Norm Patenaude award. Why and how people decide on these crazy ventures is beyond me! Once more I have 2 weeks off (with good behaviour) before tackling the Sulphur Springs 50K.

Next year I'm going to run one 5K race...

Karen Landers
May 14th, 2017 2:26 pm

Part of the Outrace series, the Seaton Soaker trail race features distances of 15K, 25K, and 50K; this year they also added a two-person 12K relay option. I ran the 25K event, and I am so glad I chose the Seaton Soaker as my first trail race!

From start to finish, the event was impeccably planned and organized. The kit pickup and start/finish area is set up at a local high school, which provides access to clean washrooms, showers, and shelter in case of inclement weather. There is ample free parking, and the location is very easy to travel to.

The trail system itself is lovely, consisting of mostly single track trails along a meandering river. There are several well stocked aid stations with great selections of foods and beverages, and so many exuberant volunteers giving high fives and cheers.

At the finish line I was handed a bottle of water and a “buff” showcasing parts of the race route, which was a fun change from a regular medal. The race kits were full of treats, and the t-shirts were gender-specific technical t-shirts featuring the race name and logo on the front, and sponsor logos on the back.

Post race, we enjoyed music, pizza, cookies and samosas.

I highly recommend the Seaton Soaker and I look forward to next year’s event!

May 14th, 2017 1:32 pm

Great race! Fun and challenging course. The volunteers are the best. The finisher buff was a nice change from a medal this year. A must do for any trail runner in the area.

tim whitson
May 14th, 2017 1:38 pm

A wonderful event. Great parking, course route and volunteers. Did the 12 k relay and will return next year. Thanks for all your hard work.

May 14th, 2017 1:14 pm

Many sections of the trail that I have not seen before. Well organized, loved being part of the training runs ahead of time. Volunteers at the aid stations are incredible. Very helpful! I finished the 25km run and immediately texted my friend and said I want to do the 50km next year!

May 14th, 2017 12:44 pm

New to the region and participated for 1st time. A great event well organized and really nice course. Nice to get out in nature!!

May 14th, 2017 11:47 am

Great race; excellent volunteers; great post-race food

May 18th, 2016 4:35 pm

I ran the 15 km Seaton Soaker Trail race with Friends. Great environment and as always the course was well marked. This race is well organized. Last but not least, the Volunteers are amazing.

Sudheer Joshi
May 18th, 2016 10:58 am

The organization of the event is great. The best thing is having a hot(I mean hot) shower available after 2 hours of running in the rain. Love running Seaton Soaker!

May 17th, 2016 9:17 pm

First time running a trail race and had a BLAST! Very well organized race. LOVE the tshirt!! The trail was very well marked, and the volunteers ROCKED. :) The food afterwards was amazing..great pizza and samosas! GREAT race!!

May 17th, 2016 3:10 pm

I ran the 25k for first time in 2016. The single-track, winding trail through the woods made for a fast pace given the relatively flat course. The trail was well marked and it was easy to pass runners running in both directions. I appreciate that so much of the course was in the trees, so it felt like running in a more remote area. It was a warm, rainy day, so the course was muddy and slippery at points, but I know that this is part of what you sign up for when doing a trail race. The small river crossing was easy, and a fun addition and reminder that the finish was coming up. We drove from Ottawa the night before to come to the race, and I'm glad we made the trip.

My only comment would concern aid-station food and food after the race was nothing to write home about compared to some trail races that have a large variety of snacks, treats, and home-made baked goodies at aid stations, and have a creative variety of home-made/interesting food post-race. NOT a major detractor though.

May 17th, 2016 12:59 pm

Great race, great course. A variety of surfaces, excellent markings, right amount and spacing of aid stations. Great to be able to use the school (and hot showers) afterwards. Excellent vibe among the runners, and best of all... the volunteers. Standing in the cold, pouring rain while still being so amazing. Just incredible. Made a tough morning infinitely nicer.

Matt B
May 17th, 2016 8:27 am

Awesome race. Volunteers were great and super helpful and even remained cheerful in the rain and cold weather. Course was marked really well and was tons of fun.

May 17th, 2016 6:35 am

This race was outstanding. With the Seatok Soaker being my first ever trail race I was unsure of what to expect. The race exceeded any expectations I had going in to it. Everything was well organized and planned out. The volunteers standing out in the rain were incredible and seemed to be enjoying themselves. I will definitely be doing this race again to better my time!

West Grey Runner
May 17th, 2016 1:21 am

Great course , great organization and I can't say enough about the volunteers and the spicy burritos at the aid station

Steve morgan
May 16th, 2016 7:08 pm

I have helped take photos for the last 3 years and amazed at all the smiling faces from all the runner. A treat to photograph and a wonderful event. Colin Arnott takes a lot of care putting the race together and looks after the runners and volunteers to make it a family affair

May 16th, 2016 7:28 pm

My first time did the 50k, well organized , beautiful course, lushly green.Yes the conditions were wet but what a perfect condition to justify the event
"Seaton Soaker" . It was fun , awesome aid stations with lots of goodies & fun motivating team @ every table, couldn't have done it without their support! Overall had a blast from the start to finish , registered for 25k bumped up to 50k on race day! Will see you all next year !

May 16th, 2016 5:27 pm

It was my firsts time doing this race. I have recently discovered how great out and back trail courses are to run. You get to cheer on all runners and they cheer you on. The whole race was amazing and I can't believe how well marked the course was. I have never done a race before with such great marking.Only recommendation is to improve the medal.

Andrea T.
May 16th, 2016 5:37 pm

Fantastic race. Well organized, fun, beautiful trail.

Ken Kraft
May 16th, 2016 3:15 pm

Great race. Second time I've done 25k. Nice change to route this year so that no need to run out and back to first water station a second time. Fun time despite all the mud and the rain. Aid station people so friendly (and the Mexican fiesta is a great theme).

May 16th, 2016 10:59 am

Loved this race! Well organized event on a beautiful course. The water crossing was an absolute blast!

May 16th, 2016 10:04 am

Excellent race! Very well organized; excellent course markings and good variety of food after the race. The rain and mud pits made the course challenging - but we loved it. we will be back next year - Ingrid

May 16th, 2016 9:41 am

5 bananas! Very very very well organized!

May 16th, 2016 9:49 am

Great race. Superb volunteers. Gorgeous scenery. Wicked somosas at the end. Run it. Love it.

May 16th, 2016 8:00 am

Great race, excellent organized and awesome runners!

Happy Trails For Me
May 16th, 2016 8:17 am

I loved this race. It rained but we had so much fun! The course was beautiful and well marked. The pizza at end super yummy and all the people were exceptionally friendly and encouraging.

May 16th, 2016 8:47 am

Outstanding organizing. Great aid stations. A trail that is challenging and great fun. An awesome river crossing. All added together made this one of the best trail races of the year!

Trish B
May 16th, 2016 8:54 am

This was an amazing race. Very well organized, well marked trails, and enthusiastic volunteers. Well place aid stations that give you double the relief because this is an out and back course. I ran the 50k and will definitely be back again.

May 16th, 2016 7:19 am

This was such a great race! The volunteers were super friendly, and the course was so much fun. Loved the river crossing!

Alan C
May 16th, 2016 7:48 am

Excellent race, well organized, well marked trail, friendly volunteers, and good food after. Second time running the 15K, will move up to the 25K next year. Similar weather to Goodlife a few weeks ago, 180 degree difference in experience. Nice when you feel appreciated as a runner,not just a source of corporate revenues.

May 16th, 2016 12:22 am

This race was so much fun! Lots of rain and mud, but that made it even more exciting.

May 16th, 2016 12:12 am

Had a fabulous first time running Seaton Soaker 15km. Muddy and wet! Challenging and fun. The course was lovely (even the hills) but I especially loved the 1km or so that I had too myself just past the river crossing through a gorgeous forest with ferns and trilliums everywhere. Will come again. Need to wear trail shoes next time!

Bob B
May 15th, 2016 10:42 pm

Great trail, great organization, great volunteers!

Mark Adler
May 15th, 2016 9:58 pm

Many years ago this was my introduction to the worlds of trails and trail racing. I have participated in this race now many times. Best experience, what a way to start the trail racing season! Great organization, fabulous volunteers, overall great time!

May 15th, 2016 9:43 pm

Seaton Soaker is an amazing trail race, well organized, lots of fun and the volunteers are amazing!!! I have done this race twice and both times I had so much fun I brought more trail friends with me. Becoming an annual event!!!

May 15th, 2016 9:08 pm

Always a great race and a pleasure to be a participant! Well marked, best ever aid station, and great runners too. Could do without the wind and rain of course ... lol

Jason Deveau
May 15th, 2016 8:18 pm

My first trail race and what a great course!
Despite the drizzle, it was a beautiful place. A few trees to hurdle, a creek to cross and challenging hills. Everyone was positive and it was obvious we were all having fun. Best race in the last 6 months. The medal was a bit weak, but who cares when it was that much fun?

May 15th, 2016 8:37 pm

Absolutely love the Seaton Soaker! This was my second year and once again it was a well-organized, fun race! Great trail route, nice race shirt, fun training runs, terrific post-race snacks, and fabulous free photos!

Anne Hinks
May 15th, 2016 8:54 pm

My first trail race in a few years. Loved it! Very well organized. .great Aid Stations and Pizza was delicious!

May 15th, 2016 8:03 pm

Always an incredibly well organized event with amazing volunteers. The good kind of challenging, great views, a fun atmosphere, and a small feel even at a sellout 450 runners this year. This was my 3rd Soaker - I've done the 50km and the 15km - and it's one I have on my race calendar every spring.

Tara Wilson
May 15th, 2016 6:26 pm

My second time running this race and I LOVE it! Did the 50k this time for my first ultra. Beautiful trail system, excellently marked. Well stocked aid stations with a variety of foods. Fantastic repeat volunteers. Great race shirts.

May 14th, 2016 8:43 pm

I loved this race! Well organized, well marked, nice scenery and great post race food. I loved the creek crossing! I'll be back for the 50km next year

May 15th, 2015 10:32 am

Great race...well organized and alot of fun!!! Will be back next year.

Mike Erhardt
May 14th, 2015 4:15 pm

My first trail race. Well organized, awesome volunteers, perfect trail and weather conditions. Great shirt and food at the end! Can't wait until next year!

Drew Primrose
May 13th, 2015 11:06 pm

This was my first attempt at a trail race or trail run period. Did the 25k. I was a little shocked comming from road races to this type of race but I absolutely loved it. Very challenging but amazing scenery. This will be an annual event for me. Many thanks to the organizers and volunteers. Very well done and probably one of my favorite races ever.

May 13th, 2015 8:29 pm

This was my first trail race and it was a great experience. I will be back next year!

May 13th, 2015 2:12 pm

Loved the race! Scenery beautiful, variety of terrain, challenging, very well organized (welcoming, helpful volunteers, free photos, tasty food (pizza!), and comfortable facilities (washrooms, showers).

May 13th, 2015 8:40 am

This was first trail race ever. A friend recommended it to me and we entered the 25K. It was not too technical and I enjoyed it tremendously. The volunteers were amazing, the aid stations were well supplied. Crossing the river 2K before the end was amazing. Great race!

May 12th, 2015 11:13 pm

This was my first Seaton Soaker and it was fantastic. Race kit pickup was quick and simple. Course was challenging and well marked. Volunteers were amazing. Aid stations were stocked with a great variety of running fuel. Post race food was excellent.

Kyle Schleihauf
May 12th, 2015 9:48 pm

Great race. Great course. Great volunteers. Great support. Great food. Loved it. I will return next year.
Thank you Colin and Lee Anne and everyone that made this happen.

May 12th, 2015 8:51 pm

Beautiful trail, great organization and everyone (organizers, volunteers, runners, friends & family) are friendly, cheerful and so supportive. You can tell that the Arnotts care deeply about this run.

I'm new to trails but have been to this events a couple of times before this year to watch my friends run - it's a great atmosphere - relaxed, casual, and I think the 15k is just the right amount of difficulty for anyone who wants to try out trail running.

May 12th, 2015 2:02 pm

Fantastic race! Course very well marked…volunteers stellar even in that heat this year and I have to mention the food afterwards…I have done 100’s of races with food afterwards and I would have to say…this was the best food I have ever had. Simply perfect to what I craved after a tough time on the trails. I am vegetarian so the food was perfect for me, however I heard a lot of positive comments about the food from non-vegetarians. Thanks to Colin and all of the other organizers and volunteers!

May 12th, 2015 2:28 pm

Very organized, fun and challenging trail run. I ran the 15 K for the Seaton Soaker on May 9th 2015 and had a blast! Loved all the helpful, cheerful and amusing volunteers. The post race food was AMAZING...basically a buffet of delicious food(pizza,samosas, sandwiches, watermelons, bananas, chocolates, candy) I will definately be running the Seaton Soaker every year. I loved the water crossing (and all the firegfighters at the event,lol) Would highly recommend this race! Thank You Colin and Lee Anne for organizing an amazing trail run.

Laura Hitchin
May 11th, 2015 11:33 pm

This event was one of the best organized races I have attended. The trail was challenging and scenic. The volunteers were friendly and helpful. The 25 and 50k runners were very supportive along the way of the 15k runners (many of us new to trails) Aide stations and post race had huge variety of great food and drink. Want to return for next year with more runner friends!

Roberto Ferraro
May 11th, 2015 10:30 pm

I ran the Seaton Soaker 25 km Trail Race in memory of Ken Arnott. Colin: you and your team did an amazing job. Very well organized and well marked. Thanks to all the Volunteers they were fantastic. River crossing was a bonus. Nice weather. Look forward to attend next year as well.

Jennifer Kitching
May 11th, 2015 9:00 pm

Seaton Soaker was an amazing race. I ran the 25k. It was extremely well marked. The aid stations were the best. Thanks to Colin who set it all up and excellent volunteers who help out.

May 11th, 2015 8:50 pm

This was my first trail run race ever and first trail run of the year. The trail was well maintained and the route was beautiful. The volunteers were very encouraging. The rest stops had a great variety of snacks and beverages. I ran the 15 k, but a few of the runners who were wearing GPS said the route was actually 16.5k.. I'm not sure, because I wasn't wearing a GPS. There were lots of great snacks after the race as well including many varieties of fresh pizza, fruit, and other yummy snacks. This was a really organized race and a wonderful experience. I will return next year!!

Takanori Kuge
May 11th, 2015 5:36 pm

This was my very first trail race, and I'm so glad that I picked this race for it. The course, volunteers, weather and water-crossing were all fantastic. I'll be back~~~

Rob Quig
May 11th, 2015 1:22 pm

Great race. Excellent course and very well organized. Looking forward to next year!

May 11th, 2015 12:18 pm

This was my first time running this race and I chose the 15km. The route was beautiful, the hills tough, the aid stations well stocked (the first time I have seen such a variety of fruit, snacks and drinks),and the volunteers were very supportive. I would have loved a couple more river crossings! The after race food was plentiful (pizza, bagels, fruit,etc.) The shirt and medal were also nice. I have only done 2 other trail runs and am definitely doing some quad work with weights prior to my next trail race to help with the hills. A lot of runners did walk the steep ones, but strong quads will help you power up them quicker. Looking forward to next year, hopefully my quads won't be as sore as they are today!

May 11th, 2015 10:12 am

Very well organized! Will be back next year.

May 11th, 2015 9:19 am

This was my first trail race (and admittedly one of my first real trail runs also) - so I really had no idea what to expect! I loved it. The course was beautiful, and the river-crossing was particularly lovely on such a hot day! Well-organized event, great atmosphere, lots of fun!

David Foscarini
May 11th, 2015 8:21 am

Where else are you going to find a race so well organized this close to where we live.
Great race!

Paul Smith
May 11th, 2015 5:10 am

Did the 25k this year, my first trail race. It was fantastic. Well organized, great aid stations and the trail was challenging. This will become an annual favorite.

May 10th, 2015 10:30 pm

Awesome race, loved it from start to finish! The volunteers were amazing and the aid stations had a great variety of food and drinks.

May 10th, 2015 9:27 pm

This was my first trail 50k...I thought I would get lost but I was wrong.the trail was very evidently marked....plenty of food and plenty and plenty of smiles and kind volunteers. Excellent race from start to finish...its a must do.

Lori Williams
May 10th, 2015 3:19 pm

This was my first trail race and I will be back again!! I give this race 5 out 5 bananas! Everything was top notch. Food, race, volunteers, course was excellent!

Sheila Jacobs
May 10th, 2015 2:18 pm

Colin promised a well marked trail, and he delivered! I was enjoying it so much that I was happy to gallop straight through the turn around point. My thanks to the lady on the water table who called out that I could stop and head back home. Heartfelt thanks in fact, because there's a big hill, the last 2 km expanded like something from The Matrix and I was closer to galumphing by the end. It was great! I'll be back.

May 10th, 2015 1:42 pm

First time I've run it. Really enjoyable. Some good climbs and great volunteers. Water crossing was refreshing and adds a nice twists.

May 10th, 2015 12:20 pm

Great race! Well organized, beautiful course.

Steve M.
May 10th, 2015 11:03 am

The Race was very well organized; the volunteers were very friendly and helpful. The aid stations were staff well and had lots to choose from. Lots of water and ice given the hot day. Nice of local FIre Dept. to put up a hope for the stream crossing. Looking forward t next year.

Oleksiy Kovyrin
May 10th, 2015 10:10 am

This year was my first 15K on this course and I absolutely loved it! Well marked trails, perfect condition and very runnable too. Definitely doing 25 or 50 next year!

May 10th, 2015 10:44 am

Great job on organizing the race again. Beautiful course, great atmosphere and volunteers. Hope to run it again next year!

May 10th, 2015 10:32 am

I ran the 25k - first time and I will be back! The volunteers were amazing, the organization could not have been better and the other runners were so encouraging. The trail was very well marked and challenging - just the way it should be. Loved the water crossing as it was quite refreshing! Thanks so much for a terrific race!

Brett Hill
May 10th, 2015 9:37 am

This was my first time running the Soaker, very well organized and staffed, I really enjoyed the experience, great aid stations, will be heading back for 2016. I recommend this run to anyone interested in becoming a trail runner. Well done you and your volunteers.

May 10th, 2015 9:25 am

Great event! Thank you to the organizers and especially to the volunteers.

Nicole Jaynes
May 10th, 2015 9:16 am

This was Amazing the volunteers, aid stations and course makers did a fantastic job they made this race so special with their enthusiasm! This is great time of year for this race there was trillium's all over the forest and the Seaton Trail is challenging for any Trail Runnner

Elizabeth Laaniste
May 10th, 2015 8:26 am

Great race - well organized with very friendly helpful volunteers.

Sir Patrick
May 10th, 2015 8:12 am

Really enjoyed the event, everything was great. Marking was excellent, volunteers friendly and plentiful. I did have to laugh as a front runner for the 26k, how shocked some of the volunteers and photographers weren't prepared for us to be there that quick.

May 10th, 2015 7:14 am

AWESOME race! Clean and clearly marked trails. Awesome volunteers full of energy. Stocked aid stations. Can't wait to run the event next year. Favorite race of all time!

Andy Lee
May 22nd, 2014 11:50 pm

Great weather made this day perfect but would have been great anyway because the trail is beautiful. Very well organized, good timing, well set out and very much appreciated volunteers! Thanks very much for this experience.

May 18th, 2014 8:52 pm

Great race and course. The volunteers and organizers did an awesome job.I look forward to doing it next year.

Sharon B
May 18th, 2014 10:14 am

This was my first trail race. It was suggested to me by my marathon coaches from the running room and I am so happy I ran it. From the kit pick up, parking, start line and volunteers willingness to help in every way possible this race was fantastic. I was so worried about going off track but there was no chance of that happening in this race - very clearly marked.

May 18th, 2014 10:52 am

I ran the 15k as my first ever trail race. I am glad I picked this one. Everything was very well organized and managed from start to finish. The course was tough but fair for novice and expert alike. There was plenty of food, tons of volunteers and the trail was very well marked. Thanks Colin to you and your team. I will be back next year.

May 15th, 2014 7:58 pm

Fabulous experience -- from registration, through bib pick-up, start, course and finish. Love the water crossing (how about doubling it next year?)!! Terrific and encouraging volunteers, a wonderful day.

May 15th, 2014 7:29 pm

Loved this race. Well organized,great vibe.The course was well marked with plenty of variety.Aid stations great with loads of support from volunteersI ran the 15k -will definitely try the 25k next year.

May 15th, 2014 7:56 pm

The trails are most important and they were just perfect! The trails were very well marked and there was plenty of variety over the course. The volunteers were kind and helpful. Excellent food at the end as well! I'll be back in '15

May 15th, 2014 3:20 pm

Well-marked course, incredible volunteers, great aid stations, supportive atmosphere. Course is gorgeous with a couple of great climbs. Cannot wait to run this one again next year - won't miss it.

Sarah H
May 15th, 2014 1:10 pm

Great course. Friendy volunteers and great community atmosphere. Will definitely come back to run the course again.

Gord Kidd
May 15th, 2014 11:52 am

Excellent race and well organized. The course was easy to follow and I really enjoyed running the trail, very scenic, technical and had a few hills that were humbling. I don't run a lot of trail races, but will most definitely run this next year.

May 15th, 2014 10:13 am

Coordinated extremely well - great route, fantastic volunteers, altogether a fantastic job and I'll be back for another soaker next year.

May 15th, 2014 10:39 am

Awesome event! Very well organized! Super volunteers and a great run kit! Sign me up for next year!

May 15th, 2014 10:29 am

Amazing course, they had it well cleared after the terrible winter we had. The trail was well marked. Great atmosphere! Parking and kit pickup couldn't be better. Excellent area for the family and kids at the start/finish. I will run it again.

May 15th, 2014 10:00 am

Colin and his team did a GREAT job in organizing the 2014 Seaton Trial Race. The day was beautiful and so were the trails. These events come down to a whole lot of little details and Colin and his team had everything covered.

A race well done!

Alistair Munro
May 15th, 2014 9:48 am

Well organized, fantastic volunteers, excellently marked course and great post race food. I will be back next year!

May 15th, 2014 9:58 am

Ran 25K, a great trail, well marked and very well organized with wonderful volunteers.

May 15th, 2014 9:38 am

I ran the 25k this past weekend and completely enjoyed my first experience at Seaton. The trail was extremely well marked for the duration of my out & back. The course was beautiful and had a great variety of hills, rocks and water. The volunteers were also all great - friendly, fun and motivating. I hope to I have the chance to come out again next year! Oh and showers and indoor area for changing was a bonus :)

Alastair Taylor
May 15th, 2014 9:19 am

This was a fantastic event!!! Amazing people, fantastic organization. Great course. Perfect weather.

Need more water crossing next year! Love running this event and will be back as long as it exists.

Way to go Colin and team!! Thanks for an amazing event.

May 15th, 2014 9:50 am

Ran the 25 km last week-end. Beautiful trail, quite technical in some areas. Great organisation and atmosphere as well. Will certainly run it again.

May 15th, 2014 8:08 am

This was the first year that Colin took on the RD role and given how smoothly things went you would never know. From registration, aid stations and the finish area - every detail was thought about. The trails were in amazing shape and finally a benefit for the persistent winter we had. The trilliums were late this year and were in full bloom for the race. Thanks for a great run.

Jeremie Dupont
May 15th, 2014 7:05 am

This was my 2nd trail race ever and I had a blast. We were fortunate to have great weather that day and everything was extremely well organized. I ran the 15KM so I got a sense of most of the course and it was gorgeous. Trilliums in bloom, running along the West Duffins creek, up and down and around the banks. Just before the end with about 2KM to go you get to run across the creek in water up to your knees which was a memorable experience for me. Little things made this race excellent such as how helpful and nice the volunteers were, the timing system by enfield was simple and sent me an e-mail right when I was done the race and they even had photographers throughout the course taking some good action shots which I'm looking forward to seeing! All in all, awesome would recommend and of the distances to a friend. Can't wait to do it again!

Last thing I'll say is the race director Colin Arnott is extremely professional as after the race he reached out to me via e-mail to see if I had received my age group prize (I didn't know I had won anything and had to leave for a family function shortly after the race so I missed it) but he's made arrangements to send me my award to my house. Anyways, little things like that, that level of service, will have me talking about the race for a long time.

May 15th, 2014 7:32 am

I ran the Seaton 50k this year. It was a perfect day, sunny and cool in the morning, warming up to about 20 in the afternoon. There was great enthusiasm and efficiency from the organizers and the racers alike. This was my first ultra and it was a great experience. I met a few really great people before, during and after the race. There is such a great spirit with trail runners, they are very supportive of one another. The aid stations were laid out well and the course was in amazing condition considering the destruction left behind by the ice storm in the winter. I live in Markham so I run at Seaton pretty much every weekend and saw the trail in January, it was a mess from Hwy 7 down to Finch. Kudos to the race organizers and all the volunteers for making it a great run. I am already looking forward to next year.

Alan Casey
May 15th, 2014 7:38 am

Ran the 15K. Good race, very friendly volunteers, well organized. Zero complaints. The run across the river was fun, and dipping my head in the water helped me finish the last 2K. Will definitely be back next year.

May 15th, 2014 7:23 am

My first race at Seaton, I will be back for sure next year. Well organized, well marked course. Great kits, and post race food was amazing. First time I have ever seen simosa's at a race! My one negative would be that I missed out on a shirt as I was late to registration. Overall a positive experience!

May 15th, 2014 7:51 am

Great race ! Good trails, well organized . Somewhat badly marked trail but for the most part really clear just a few spots i just about ran off . Other than that i recommend this race who can run/walk over 10k you wont regret it!

May 15th, 2014 7:30 am

Fantastic race, even though we held the back of the pack nicely it was well organized, a nice challenge and the infamous stream crossing didn't disappoint.

Cameron Lutley
May 18th, 2012 11:11 am

I ran Seaton 50 miler on Saturday May 12. 50 miles is 80 km, some say it was 85 km. A great trail race with lots of hills, rocks, roots, and water crossings. I've done it before and I love it. I came in second place at 9hr and 30min 8sec. First place was Paul at 9hr 9min and third place was Ken at around 9hr 45min. For about 90% of the race the 3 of us ran together, it was Great! The last 10 km or so we did our own thing and Paul took the lead. We had great weather for this race. I look forward to it next year. See you there.

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