The races are held at a local ski hill and the surrounding area. Being South Eastern Ontario, the hills aren't massive, but if they're big enough to ski down, you can be sure they hurt to run up.
From looking at past results I figured I wouldn't be far off the leaders, so I lined up right at the front. The race starts with a quick out and back down the road and then we headed up the hill. It was a pretty decent climb- not too steep, but probably close to 700 or 800m long. At the top of that hill the trail narrows down very quickly, so I wanted to make sure I was ahead of the mob when we got to the top of the hill.
The race starts out on the 7.5km loop, which has a nice mix of gravel road, single track, 4 wheeler track, and a bit of grass as you're coming back down the ski hill at the end of that loop. I was keep a pretty good effort for the first loop as I didn't want to let the leaders get too far ahead of me. The end of the first loop brings you down the other side of the ski hill- a screaming fast descent where the 7.5km racers hang a left for the finish line and everyone else heads out for the 10km loop.
Once we came out of the single track we were back onto 4 wheeler trails and headed back toward the finish area (where the 25km racers had to do the 7.5km loop again. By about 16 or 17km I was starting to hurt a bit- I was pushing the pace pretty hard, and I could definitely feel it.
All in all it was a great race. I really enjoyed it and I'll be back next year- I may even make it one of my goal races and see about giving it a real race effort.