First Kids Toboggan Grand Prix Jan. 30


By Barb McKay


A new event encourages local kids to get outside, be active and enjoy the snow.


Penetangear’s first ever Kids Toboggan Grand Prix will be held Jan. 30 in Alps Park at the north extension of the Kincardine Trails, at the east end of Kingsway Street. Penetangear owner Darrel Perry attended last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council meeting to discuss the event and request approval to hold it on municipal property.

The toboggan races, sponsored by McDonald’s, are meant for children ages 12 years and younger, Perry said, and children will race in age groups.


“It’s a fun family day on the trails,” he said.


Participants are asked to register by Jan. 28. Children are asked to bring their own toboggan and wear a helmet. Parents and guardians will be expected to sign a waiver.


Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke said he didn’t want to throw a wet blanket on the plans, but said it was incumbent on him to advise Perry of the provincial risk management parameters around tobogganing on public land.


“This is the kind of event we want to encourage and support,” he said, but added there are liability issues that everyone should be aware of.


There is playground equipment and a tree stump at the bottom of the hill and there should be spotters in place to ensure children avoid the hazards, Clarke advised.


Perry said the event will be run as safely as possible.


To register for the Kids Toboggan Grand Prix, call Penetangear at 519-396-7791.