This year, Pick Your Poison is Saturday, April 28 at 9:00 a.m. There are 12.5K, 25K and 50K options (for the 25K, I’ll be doing two laps of the 12.5K course). Held in Orillia at Horseshoe Highlands, race director Adam Hill describes the Pick Your Poison trail race course to be “tough, but fair”. It is his fourth year as race director and each year his team works to make the race better for runners. T-shirts, finisher’s socks, locally produced honey and a post-race BBQ are all part of your registration fee ($55 for my late registration). Following Adam’s blog on the Pick Your Poison website, he’s been busy clearing and marking the course since March, promising it will be less confusing than in previous years and that the first 3K of the 12.5K loop will be flat. It takes place on a ski hill, after all. Adam also says that the course will be tame, since it’s the first one on the Ontario Ultra Series calendar, but after seeing the words hill, downhill, half pipe and hill (again), I’m just hoping that the hill scrambling I’m doing on my own will be enough. That said, after reading Trail Mom's 2011 race report of Pick Your Poison
, I'm starting to think I need to spend the week doing hill repeats!