285 Farrellton Rd.
September 9, 2023
True Singe Track Trail racing... the way it was meant to be.
Mica Run 3k, 5k and 10k Trail Race
This is a run "For the Dogs", and "WITH" dogs
Welcome to the third annual Mica Run (for the dogs).
This is 3k, 5k or 10k trail running event here at The Ark. There is nothing "fancy" about this race.
The 3k will most likely be more of a hike.
There are no obstacles (other than the standard roots, rocks, ups, downs, lefts and rights).
You don't need to predict your time. It's simply running on some of the finest, most "trail-like" trails in eastern Ontario.
This will be a small, intimate race, which means we can have a killer post-race celebration with burgers, brownies, ice cream...
** This is a "dog friendly" event. You don't need to bring a dog to participate, but you can't be afraid of them! Dogs must be friendly with people and other dogs. Leash or off-leash is up to the handler, just so long as the doggie behaves.
Choose Your Distance. Choose Your Challenge.
Fred is now 14 years and is the grandson of my first ever rescue, "Grandpa Fred".
Willy is 9 years old now. He came to us on a Monday. Deemed an "aggressive" dog he was scheduled for euthanasia on Wednesday.
Charlie came to us after her previous owners lost their home in the Gatineau tornado.
She was a gift for my parents but they returned her.
Buddy was an apartment dwelling dog who pulled his owner down on a walk. Another returned gift from my parents.
Biko is 10 months old and was just "too much" for his original owner. I get that... he's almost "too much" for us!
Why is it called the "Mica Run"?
It's kinda ironic that my race series is called the "Mad Trapper" because I would never trap an animal in my life!
I'm a huge animal lover and an even bigger dog lover.
For the past few years, Monique and I have been rescuing, fostering and adopting dogs.
I adopted/rescued my first dog ever, "Grandpa Fred" back in 1995, from the Frisco Animal Shelter in Colorado.
Once we had all this land here in Quebec, and such a big home here at The Ark, the floodgates started to open when Willy, the bicycle-hating Labradane made his appearance.
And now... we have 5 dogs here!
Fred (grandson of Grandpa Fred), Willy ("2 days from euthanization" Labradane), Charlie ("lost my home in a tornado" Basset Hound), Buddy ('pulled my previous owner off her feet" Basset Hound) and Biko (our brand new, CRAZY, Aussie Shepherd puppy).
I have been working closely with a local animal rescue, Les Anges Gardiens des Animaux and through them learning just how many dogs locally need our help every day.
The Ark is pretty much "at capacity" when it comes to dogs and although we are still here for "emergency fosters", the most help I can provide now is financial assistance to Les Anges Gardiens and other organizations like them.
Sadly we lost the namesake of this race, Mica, to cancer on May 10, 2019.... that was a super tough loss for me.
So to keep her memory alive and to potentially help other dogs like Mica, the "Mica Run" is born.
Are You mad Enough?
Apparently road running is bad for your bones!