Falling hard for Red Bull Crashed Ice

If the tiny maple leaf in our logo, photos of us bundled on snowy streets, or constant references to all things ‘true North strong and free’ haven’t given it away … we’re a pretty proud group of Canadian girls.

And with that, comes an innate love for all things maple, woodland or ice related.

So when the opportunity presented itself to attend the Ottawa qualifiers for the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Tournament, to be held in Québec City, over St. Patty’s Day weekend, three out of five nuts (+ Shannon) couldn’t think of a better Tuesday evening activity.

didn't know what we were in for...

I must also say, that there were other factors that drew us to the not-so-close Bell Sensplex in Kanata. Our homegirl, Allison (who we’ve gushed about before here), runs the SHOW at Red Bull.

Hiiiiiii. I'm the BAWSE.

Any opportunity to see our Field Marketing Specialist, who we don’t get to see often enough, is a reason to trek to any distance. We also had some boy competitors we were there to see … who ended up giving us a lot to cheer about.

So, after making our way to the rink, spotting Al from afar and settling in with Starbucks in our mitted hands, I don’t think we were really ready for what we were about to see.

Hundreds of competitors were divided into heats where they were asked to perform an obstacle course at high speed. The top ten with the best time would advance to the finals in March.

Basically it went a little like this: skate around a marker, dive under a pole, skate around another marker, speed to the end of the ice, around two other markers, dive under a pole, jump over a pole, dive under a pole, sharp turn around another marker, one more and skate to finish line. Oh, and if you touch anything it doesn’t count. Easy right!?

Pretty sure Kate made this guy fall by banging on the glass...

As the whistle blew, Kate’s blood pressure skyrocketed and even though we didn’t know any of the competitors in the first few runs, we were cheering them on like they were our first born children.

Skaters knocked down polls, collided into barriers, slipped at the corners and had all of us in serious hysterics. For four ladies who would have probably not made it without Bambi’ing onto all fours, two seconds in to the race ….. this was some serious entertainment.

In the end, not only did we get to watch our gurl Allie in action, have a full evening of belly aching laughs and a new atmosphere to appreciate, but two of the boys we were cheering on held it DOWN with first and third place finishes, sending them to the finals in Q-City. As if we needed another excuse to jump up and down, squeal like little girls and cause a scene we had basically started since we set our knee-high-boot-clad feet into the arena. Full. Blown. Shrieks.

Our new friend and two-time RBCI finalist, Adam Skube, just owning the competition. Too bad we were too busy hopping up and down to snap one of Paul Tremblay. (Photo: Courtesy of Ottawa Citizen)

So in conclusion, if #RBCI is coming to your city, you’d be wise to cancel your plans for the evening, convince your most athletic friends to try out and get a seat by the glass.

You won’t regret it, and much like us, you’ll hardly be able to resist the prospect of a roadie in March to Québec City… in a nutshell.

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About Catherine Kitts

Catherine (@catkitts) has been known to put her party dress on at the drop of a hat and will rarely say no to a new adventure. After completing her Bachelor of Journalism at Carleton University, she worked at the editor of a local newspaper for three years before trading hard news for the world of communications, marketing and advertising. Constantly juggling hectic work and social schedules, she always makes time for some of her biggest passions: news, sports, pop culture, cuisine, literature and many others. You can expect her to cover a wide variety of topics, keeping her finger on the pulse of Ottawa, her hometown - a city she's grown to love. *Bad Habit: never wanting to miss out *Favourite Food: pickles *Favourite Restaurant: El Camino *Wine of Choice: whatever Kate is drinking *Favourite Band: (solo artist?) Justin Timberlake *Favourite Song: Dancing in the Dark - Springsteen *Fashion Icon: Lauren Conrad *Political Affiliation: none *Favourite Movie: Back to the Future, Kindergarden Cop, Jurassic Park, Drive. *TV Series: Seinfeld *Sport: Hockey / Football *Team: Ottawa Senators / Seattle Seahawks *Favorite Book: Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, Freedom - Jonathan Franzen. ** To contact Catherine write her at : inanutshellca@gmail.com

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