Skate the Lake is a community event that depends on a team of dedicated volunteers. It was first held in 2004 and was initially known as the International Big Rideau Lake Speed Skating Marathon. Skate the Lake is traditionally held on the last weekend of January. We typically organize 5K, 10K, 25K and 50K races along with a 5x1K relay and a 5K kids race. 

We want to thank everyone for their assistance large or small over the years: it’s all greatly appreciated. Please contact us if you would like to join this dedicated group of volunteers and help with the Skate the Lake event.


Founding members: 

Marco Smits, Colin Horsfall, Chris Allan and Jen Kelly

President – John Bongers, Vice-President - Ken Maxwell, Secretary/Treasurer –June Finless


Set up and ice prep
John Bongers, Clayton Battams, Gary Gaboury, Bob Petrie, Sue Warren, Tom Gifford, June Finless, Bob Montague, Ken Maxwell and Marcia Maxwell, Connie Scott, Bruce Haskin and Marco Smits

Food and merchandise
Connie Scott, Tracy Battams, Vicki Stevenson, June Finless, Tom Gifford, Richard Scott, Carolyn Breese, Claire Jacobs, Jessica French, Karl and Shelley Fiander, Lori Gilbert, Sue Warren, Melissa Willis and Marcia Maxwell

Administration and registration
Ken and Marcia Maxwell, Josee Gunville and Larry Cochran

Marketing, media relations, sponsorship and promotions
Ken and Marcia Maxwell, Marco Smits, John Vandusen, John and Christine Bongers and Tom Gifford