The Middle Path Ultra and Trail Race 26/52km, 5k, & 2k Race Weekend

The Meaning Behind the Name

We reflected on our race mantras such as "soft & strong" and "effort & ease", and thought of the enlightened approach to life of the middle path.  As we run, we can aim to approach each easy moment without attachment and each difficult moment without aversion.  Collectively, one minute might be full of joy, the next will require a focused push forward.  The one thing we can be sure of in a trail race is to expect change!  

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Kawartha Nordic


Come and enjoy the beautiful, challenging trails of Kawartha Nordic.  This is the first running event to be held at Kawartha Nordic during the summer months.  This will be an unforgettable experience.

Take a look at some of our new photos taken on May 15, 2022.



Entry Fees & Race Date

Team Event

Race Date: Saturday, August 12-13, 2023

Location: Kawartha Nordic

Race Times:

Saturday High School & Team Races

10 AM 2km Junior Division U14

11AM 5KM Seniors 14 and up


52km & Relay 7AM

26km  7AM


52km Entry Fee is $100

26km Entry Fee $80

5km Entry Fee $30

2km Entry Fee $15

The Team Event is your chance to assemble your team of friends or family and take on the course individually or run as a group on Saturday.  A great adventure for group training or those interested in pushing each other as you run the woods of Kawartha Nordic.

Race Information

The Middle Path Ultra and Trail race is part of the Athletics Ontario Trillium Running series, Are you an Athletics Ontario member, or wish to join? Click on this link 

The goal of Kawartha Lakes Lightning is to provide a race that is accessible to all athletes.  Working with Kawartha Nordic and the Monarch Ultra we value the importance of maintaining the environment and becoming a responsible event organizer.

We are a green organization that promotes green initiatives and being environmentally friendly.

What to Bring:

Reusable water bottles

Water stations will be provided at each loop and at the mid-way point of each loop.

Bowls and utensils for food afterward.

Registration and Timing

Registration:  Click on the link below


This is a chip-timed event.  All results will be emailed and put on our website post-race.  Each athlete will receive 2 light flexible chips that can be easily tied to the side of each shoe.

This event is approved through Athletics Ontario and the Trillium Running Series.

We are limited to 200 athletes in the day's festivities.

Waiting Lists will be created

Race Route

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