Skate the Lake #11. A complete success! The 11th international Big Rideau Lake Speed Skating Marathon in Portland Ontario thrived this time around with warm temperatures and near perfect ice conditions making for an exciting and hotly contested race day! President John Bongers said that “after the thaw last week leveled the ice, our prep crew had an easy job preparing the 1 km oval on the bay in Portland”. “By the time the race got underway on Saturday morning the surface on the oval shone like a mirror”, though as the day progressed, the field of competitors in the 5, 10, 25 and 50 kilometer races definitely had cracks to contend with that had opened up due to the extremely cold temperatures earlier in the week.
Additional race day info check out Skate the Lake 2015 under the Archives section
Create unforgettable family moments and come on out to this year's Skate The Lake. We've got a ton of family friendly events lined up, games, contests, prizes and so much more!
Meet new friends and connect with old ones, chat with neighbours and skaters from around the world and network with Portland business owners... everyone will be here!
Ice update Jan 29th - Oval will remain open all weekend. Conditions are good. There will be some snow on the track covering the cracks in the ice; use caution. Enjoy the weekend!