Mad Dog Scramble

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Location Park Lane School


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Discipline Running
Start Date/Time October 29, 2017 @ 11:00 am
End Date/Time N/A
Address Toronto
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November 2nd, 2015 10:52 pm

For pure running fun, this is the best race in Toronto. Hands down! No question! For sure!

muddy runners
October 28th, 2015 6:20 am

Last year i miss the run. Back again and i still haven't learned my lesson. Lol. By far there's never a dull moment. Runners helping each other out getting up and down the hills as well as asking if they were ok. Well organized. Kudos to John and the team. By the way i didn't realize i was doing the 8k route until after the run. Lol

Elke Blinick
December 4th, 2014 1:58 pm

The best whole body work out I had all year. First time ever that my arms and shoulders were sore for a week after a race. Will learn how to run/scramble downhill

November 3rd, 2014 12:45 pm

My third year at this superb race and just when I thought I knew what to expect ...... it got better. Well set & clearly marked route with a ton of camaraderie on trail. Bags for our muddy shoes is a nice touch. Thanks XSNRG!

November 3rd, 2014 11:44 am

OK that was by far the funnest, get-dirtiest, goofiest race of the year. A real honest-to-goodness trail race - no namby pamby gravel paths here (actually, in parts, no trail either). Who knew that Toronto offered such challenging terrain right in our back yard? And the wave-chase start of the race makes it really fun too - anyone can win (if they really run hard!!) Top bananas!!

October 27th, 2014 2:40 pm

Another great year for the Mad Dog, with a great slide-down-on-your-butt hill and some extra swampy terrain. Kudos to the organisers for again making it a challenging yet fun event.

March 4th, 2014 9:29 pm

I have run literally hundreds of races and except for the beer mile this was the most fun.

Muddy runners
November 3rd, 2013 3:55 am

By far the best bang for the buck. Always a challenge with it raining the night before.

November 1st, 2013 11:23 am

Awesome race! There were tons of logs, shrubs, muddy puddles, hills and river crossings on the course! A perfect challenge!
Organizers are amazing, the food was great!

November 1st, 2013 10:13 am

This year was my first time running the Mad Dog, and I loved it from the moment I climbed over the guard rail into the woods and sunk ankle-deep into the mud. It was much more challenging than I'd expected, but it was great fun. Exciting course. Wonderful atmosphere pre- and post-race. My son loved the Puppy Scramble. I will be back for more.

October 31st, 2013 7:18 pm

This was my first trail run and I loved it!!! It's muddy and wet and there are tons of hills! It was a really good time. They also had great food and prizes at the post race!

October 29th, 2013 10:58 am

This was my first time running The Mad dog Scramble....not for the faint of heart :) The course Challenging, muddy and THE WATER.....this was fun loved it. I love trail running and this was more that I expected ......loved every minute....doing this one again and again........JUST AWESOME

James Sommerville
October 28th, 2013 3:24 pm

I had a great time. The race was challenging yet fun, with a lot of variation in the terrain. My only suggestion is that the announcers speak more loudly into the megaphone. It was difficult to figure out what was going on at the beginning of the race.

Otherwise, a great great time.

October 28th, 2013 2:14 pm

I do a lot of races, but this has gotta be the most fun. Done it more times than I can remember, and every time's been a real adventure. Makes every other cross-country race look tame.

Amanda S
October 28th, 2013 12:17 pm

Just completed my first Mad Dog Scramble! I signed up alone but found myself among a great group of people. BEAUTIFUL area, well organized, great length, nice time of year and well marked. This race may have to come a tradition for me now.

October 28th, 2013 10:10 am

Really fun race. But I guess I wouldn't call it a race really, it is a reminder to run for the fun of it and I love that. A really great end to the running season with fun people. I'd recommend this run to anyone!

Mad Dog Jamie
October 28th, 2013 10:13 am

Great fun as always. The course update was a success - lots of river crossings and some challenging, thigh burning, lung emptying climbs.

First timer
October 28th, 2013 9:37 am

A group of us signed up for the run. This was all of our fist time running in any form of run. We all had a wonderful time and are planning on registering again next year. We are all afraid that a regular run is going to be boring now that we have experienced the Mad Dog Scramble. Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers. See you next year!!

October 27th, 2013 2:21 pm

Been running this race on and off for about 14 years and it's always excellent. The organizers put in an extraordinary effort to handicap it so that faster and slower runners have an equal chance of winning. And the late October river crossings are so refreshing!

Michelle Murray
November 3rd, 2012 6:45 pm

I super loved this race!!!! It poured the night before so the trails were slick and muddy. It made the course challenging and made me love it even more. Everyone was barking and having a blast. We got to run through creeks and jump over trees! I can't wait for next year!

October 30th, 2012 5:43 pm

Awesome fun race! Well run, organized and mapped. LOve it and can't wait to do it next year! Such a great time!!! I can't say enough about this race. XSNRG rocks, people are great and it's just a whole lot of fun!!! I learned I love mud and slidding down the hills like skiiers!

October 30th, 2012 10:42 am

What a fun, relaxed, friendly event! That was the event. The course itself was muddy, slippery, challenging, beautiful and butt-kicking! Actually, my butt is still sore! I used muscles that have been neglected for years. I signed up by myself, but was quickly initiated and given a brief rundown by some friendly runners at the start line (thanks ladies)and beyond that the experience and the mud brought us all together no matter the level of runner. Great course markings and support on the route as well. Already looking forward to next year.

October 28th, 2012 10:21 pm

This race is the best crazy fun you can have on a wet, muddy, slippery day -- or when even when it's a clear beautiful day. This was my third year and I'll be back next year for more dirty, challenging, awesome fun! The organizers do a great job and I know they work hard to make this race so much fun. Definitely recommend to anyone who likes a challenge.

Donna R
October 28th, 2012 4:14 pm

So much FUN!!! Even if you lose your shoe to the Bog Zombie it is so great. You never know what you're going to get...except FUN and ADVENTURE! Love it!

October 28th, 2012 2:30 pm

One of my favorite races, hands down. Low key, fun, hard as hell and really well run (good signage and lots of marshals on the trail to point you in the right direction. we did get lost, but a large group helped each other out). It's muddy, it's dirty, expect to fall down (but that's ok, there's a prize for the "dirtiest dog"), get wet and have FUN. It was a blast, and nice and challenging, I will 100% attend next year.

March 27th, 2012 12:52 pm

One of the best times that I've had on the trails. I love the small low key atmosphere of the event. The different routes for different abilities is awesome as well. This race is written in pen on the calendar every year.

March 12th, 2012 7:58 am

I ran this years ago and it was by far the most fun 8k! Prepared to get muddy and dirty. Great way to get you started in trail running

November 10th, 2011 11:17 am

WICKED Race! Third year doing the Mad Dog - a little gem I happened to come across by chance! Exactly what I was looking for and what running is to me - interesting and challenging! Now my wife and I do it together every year! We had a great year yet again!

November 10th, 2011 11:02 am

This race kicked my ass. I thought trail-running was running on a dirt path! I was SO WRONG!

I had a great time wading through the creek - I wasn't 'supposed' to fall in, but I did! I had my iPhone on my armband to record the run - my phone is now dead from water damage. I lost my shoe in the mud and had to run back for it. I climbed over fallen trees, landed on fallen trees, tripped over tree roots and ran face-first into tree branches. I have a few scratches on my legs and a bruise on my knee - battle scars that were totally worth it.

Next year I'm wearing running tights - hopefully they won't get saggy if I fall into the creek next year and they'll protect my legs from scratchy branches. I'm not bringing any electronic devices. I WILL carry my shoes INSIDE with me after the race (we had to leave them at the door because they were so muddy - my shoes were outside and somebody threw my shoes, my socks AND my Nike sensor in the trash???? WHYYY???).

I have 11 months to work on my tree-hopping skills. Then I'll be BACK NEXT YEAR with OLD shoes, NO technology and VENGEANCE.

peter donato
October 13th, 2011 3:02 pm

This is a super, off the wall event. Low key, small, hard as nails...expect to get dirty...wet..tired....

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