Race Details

2017 Start Times

Classic Races (pdf format)

Skate Sprint (pdf format)

Description

This is a mostly classic ski event with some knock-out skate sprint races. Open categories and a Mass Start event allow participation by more recreational skiers. The races begin on a golf course that is mostly flat; the terrain becomes more hilly as the distance increases.

2017 Distances

0.5 km classic Boys & Girls ages 5 & under
1.5 km classic Boys & Girls ages 6 to 9
1.5 km classic Participation Mass Start for all ages
4.5 km classic Boys ages 10 to 14 / Girls ages 10 to 13 / Open
7 km classic Boys age 15 / Girls ages 14 to 17 / Open
11 km classic Boys ages 16 to 17 / Women ages 18+/ Open
15 km classic Men ages 18+
400 m skate – all categories

Note: The Pursuit is with standard pre-assigned handicap based on age and gender.

Note: Ages are as of 2016 December 31.

Note: Distances may be modified due to inclement weather.

2017 Course Maps

NEW in 2017: A small down-and-up D loop section has been added to the 4.5, 7, 11, and 15 km courses, to bring the actual distances closer to the nominal distances.

0.5 km classic

1.5 km classic

4.5 km classic
4.5 km elevation profile

7 km classic
7 km elevation profile

11 km classic
11 km elevation profile

15 km classic
15 km elevation profile

400 m skate sprint

2017 Schedule

9:00 am - start of bib and chip pick-up
11:00 am - Classic Ski Races
12:30 pm – Awards Ceremony for Categories 1 to 11
1:00 pm - Participation Mass Start Race
~1:30 pm - Skating Knock-Out Sprint Races
~2:45 pm - Awards Ceremony for Categories 12 to 34
6:00 pm Buffet Dinner

Results / Awards

Results will be posted at the event and on the Sportstats website, as soon as they are made available by Sportstats. Awards will be given on two occasions – see above schedule.

Venue / Refreshments

The event is hosted at an elementary school that offers parking close by, access to washrooms, and a large sitting area (cafeteria). The start area is ~100 m away, leading onto a golf course adjacent to the school. A practice loop is available close to the start area.
Water and hot lemonade are offered free of charge. A hot lunch and snacks can be purchased from a canteen.

Evening Banquet

A traditional buffet dinner banquet is held at the Bear’s Den restaurant in Deep River on the evening of the races. Special Awards are typically presented during this banquet. Doors open at 5:30 pm, dinner is served at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $33 for adults, $16 for kids aged 6 to 12, and free for kids 5 & under. Tickets can be purchased via registration or at The Olive Tree shop in Deep River. Deadline is the Wednesday before race day.

Technical Details

Timing is being provided by Sportstats for the classic event. Sportstats features include:

  • State of the art timing system called the ChampionChip®
  • Results are posted on the web during or right after your event.
  • Fast accurate results posted while race in progress
  • Live Internet Coverage during the event available with search engine
  • Live SMS services to cell phone during events.
  • Digital Display Clocks at the Start/Finish line

The Silver Spoon is a NCD points race.

Please note: As a NCD series race, the Silver Spoon is a low-fluoro event. The expectation is that participants in the Midget category and younger will NOT use high-fluoro or medium-fluoro waxes, including powders, pucks, blocks, liquids, and cold weather powder additives and hardeners. Reasons: (1) fairer competition, because not all participants have access to these very expensive products, (2) focus on developing technique in kids rather than on equipment performance, and (3) safeguarding health, because few people are set up to properly vent vapours and airborne particles when applying these waxes. This self-governed policy is being implemented by Cross-Country Ontario starting in 2014/15.