Skate the Lake, January 28th & 29th, 2017

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The cold weather has finally arrived, ice has been forming in Portland Bay, and shortly the ice crew will be putting the Olympia on the ice and will start making the oval; this means Skate the Lake 2017 isn't far away. All Skaters are requested to wear helmets; they are MANDATORY for any skater under 18 years old.
The race schedule is the same as last year, the 10K and 25K take place on Sat. morning, followed by the very popular Kids 5K (under 12) then the 5 x 1K relay race (why don't you put together a team). The Kids 5K race is sponsored by Castle Building Center in Crosby. On Sunday the 5K & 50K races will take place.
The Medal presentations, presented by Canadian Tire Smiths Falls will take place following each race, times posted outside the registration trailer.
Every year the Skate the Lake (STL) committee works hard to improve the STL experience for both the Skaters and the Spectators, two important additions this year will both take place on Saturday.Kouri's Kopters will be doing tours of the area; the Helipad will be set up right around the corner from the oval, just northeast of Hanna Park, The tours are $50 per person, various payment methods available on site.
On Saturday night following the on ice Fireworks, the Opinicon Lodge, a great new sponsor, is creating a "Canada 150" themed dinner in Portland hall. Come join us in celebrating the end of a great day with a fantastic meal and maybe a glass of wine with family and friends. Space is limited tickets ($25) can be purchased from any of the STL board or by calling 613 207-1950 (Ken) or 613 283-7893 (Marcia) or by e-mailing  



On Sat Jan 28th after the Fireworks there will be a dinner in the Portland hall. Produced entirely by the Opinicon Lodge
The theme is Canada 150, so come and enjoy,  for Tickets call 613 283-7893




Pictures Wanted

There is so much activity at Skate the Lake. If you should capture a good picture, please forward it to registration@portlandoutdoors  .com and we may use it on our website.




 Friday Dec 16th

Friday night the Skate the Lake Xmas float will be touring Portland with the outstanding "Build a Mountain of Food" float.
Come out and enjoy the carolling. If you want to donate to the food bank even better.




Skate the Lake Activities

Activities this year include:

  • Ice Stock Demo Saturday at 10 am
  • Helicopter rides on Sat Jan 28th
  • Kids Curling
  • Skate tails, Snert, Chili and much more
  • Sleigh Rides all day Saturday
  • Public skating to music after final race on Sat. 
  • Fireworks Saturday evening starting at Dusk.
  • Sit down dinner after fireworks- Portland Hall

Race Agenda Day 1, Sat. Jan 28th, 2017

  • Registration trailer opens at 7:30am
  • Opening ceremonies: 8:30am
  • National Anthem - Rasa Krokys
  • "Cutting of the Ice" - President John Bongers
  • Ist Race the 10K starts at 9:00 am
  • See Registration details for other start times