Beat the Winter Blahs in Burlington!

What’s a Burlingtonian to do?

The Sochi Olympics are officially over and the excitement of Canada winning an impressive 25 medals is slowly fading. (Don’t forget, you can still check out the Paralympics, starting on March 7).

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Who can forget these Golden Girls?

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Sister-power. So many great stories from Sochi!

Burlington is still covered in snow (the crusty, icy kind) and the forecast is looking a little, well, chilly. Maybe you’ve got some cabin-fever and just need to get out of the house. But there’s no need to skip town!

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It’s time to show Old Man Winter who’s boss – why not get out and run the Chilly Half Marathon & Frosty 5K? It’s happening this Sunday, March 2, in downtown Burlington, and time is running out to register. This race is a popular event here in Burlington and is a great way to start off your running season (if you’re a runner). But you don’t have to be a runner to participate in the Chilly Half Marathon & Frosty 5K – get out and walk, or, cheer on those who are brave enough to run in the cold!

The race also offers a free Fun Run and Walk, and pre-race Pasta Party at Paradiso Restaurant on Saturday. After the race, Stagg Chili and Carlsberg beer will be served at various locations around downtown Burlington. Just show your race bib and your chili and beer are free!

Whether you’re running or enjoying some chili and beer, you’re sure to warm up! As a bonus, funds raised from this great race will be directed towards Joseph Brant Hospital.

Another great way to get out and enjoy the chilly air is to check out one of the area’s maple syrup festivals. You’re probably hungry for something sweet after all that chili and beer, so head over to Mountsberg or Bronte Creek Provincial Park for some pancakes and delicious maple syrup.

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Learn how sap turns into syrup, taste maple candy samples, take part in guided tours with costumed interpreters, take a wagon ride, but most importantly, taste hot, fresh pancakes smothered in maple syrup. It doesn’t get much more Canadian than that!

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It may be cold, but it’s Canadian winter at its finest!

So, whether you’re celebrating gold medals in hockey and curling, braving the cold streets of Burlington in your running shoes, or filling your belly with pancakes and maple syrup, don’t forget to enjoy the last few days of February. March is just around the corner and I’m betting that there’s still some grass under all that snow!

 

 

 

 

About the Author Teresa Baerg

Teresa Baerg is a writer, editor and self-confessed word-nerd who loves telling a good story. She is proud to call Burlington home for over a decade. She is passionate about her family, sunshine and palm trees, growing veggies, running and cycling, good books, good food and good coffee. And football. Twitter: @teresabaerg Instagram: @teresabaerg Website: teresakbaerg.com

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