Save the date(s)

The Tobermory Trail Race Weekend will take place on Sept. 16-17, 2023. Registration will open for both Saturday’s Half & Full Marathon Events and Sunday Flower Pot Island 5K on Thursday January 19th at 9:00am. We hope to see you all on the trails in 2023!

2022 General Public Registration Opens Friday January 14th, 2022 @ 9:00am

Our extremely valuable 2021 volunteers may register beginning Monday January 10th, 2022 @ 9am. 2021 Volunteers may only sign themselves up, but they are permitted to sign up for both the Trail Marathon and Flowerpot Island 5K if they wish.

The General Public On-sale date is Friday January 14th, 2022 @ 9am. The entire TTRW weekend takes place in late September with the racecourses traversing the beautiful Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five Marine National Park. These races sell out extremely quickly, so if you’re interested in participating be ready when registration opens!

Prices have been kept the same as last year.

Proof of Vaccination against Covid 19 will be required for all participants and volunteers in 2022 as per our sports governing body, Athletics Ontario.

TTRW 2021 – Registration Update

We’ve had numerous inquiries about registering for the next event scheduled for Sept 18/19, 2021. At this point the event is sold-out as all entries from the sold-out, postponed 2020 event were transferred to 2021. We may have some entries to sell later in the summer based on how the pandemic unfolds and what limitations are in place for outdoor gathering limits.

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Consider the Tobermory Daycare

Peninsula Adventure Sports Association (PASA) has some heartwarming news to announce this morning.

In cooperation with the Primary Place Child Care Centre and the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club (PBTC), and with the cancellation of the 2020 Tobermory Trail Race Weekend (TTRW) due to the ongoing covid19 pandemic, PASA has continued to provide some vital support to the daycare located in Tobermory.  The Primary Place has received a substantial donation each year from the proceeds of the TTRW, and those funds are used to help keep the daycare running throughout the winter months when enrollment decreases substantially.

This year more than ever Primary Place needed the support of the community, so PASA created The Great Bruce Trail Scavenger Hunt to adapt to the region’s Public Health priorities.

Daycare board member Gillian Ceasar, Tobermory Press designer Tanya Early, and PTBC outreach/membership coordinator Marg Glendon also helped to pull off this fun and exciting event that put a challenge out to PASA’s race community who, for the most part, live up and down the entire length of the Bruce Trail.

The daycare was able to raise approximately $1000.00 thanks to generous racers, some of whom also donated their 2020 TTRW entry fee. 

In all, 72 people participated in the Scavenger Hunt, hunting down up to 20 items such as waterfalls, stiles, and sugar maple trees.  There were a few easy ones like “fall colours” and “single blaze” to make sure kids were engaged.

“We were happy to support PASA in organizing the Great Bruce Trail Scavenger Hunt,” states Glendon, “and to raise funds for Tobermory Primary Place Daycare. Planning for a virtual event with in-place participation (wherever you are) is a complicated task, and PASA should be commended for its quick planning and initiative.”

“Looking at the photo submissions, it appears the participants had a lot of fun, explored the Bruce Trail and shared it with friends and family.  Peninsula Bruce Trail Club looks forward to supporting the Daycare and PASA at the Tobermory Trail Race next year, once again.  Kudos to PASA!”

“We are thrilled we were able to get people out and active this fall with a fun event,” says PASA’s Leigh Grigg, “and we know the participants will enjoy receiving their awards in the mail.  We encourage the residents of Grey Bruce to stay vigilant in preventing the community spread of Covid-19 by following public health guidelines, and we’ll see you on the other side of this pandemic with our great events returning in 2021.”

PASA, a non-profit, was founded in 2011 and supports outdoor sport on the Bruce Peninsula.  More information on PASA’s events can found at

Tobermory Primary Place donations can be made by e-transfer to Please provide your contact information if you would like to receive a tax receipt. 

You can also support the project by joining your local Bruce Trail Club, or making a donation to the Bruce Trail Conservancy. To find out more see the following link:

TTRW 2020 Postponed to 2021

Greetings Trail Runners!

We’d been holding out hope that the Tobermory Trail Race Weekend could proceed in 2020 as planned, however it’s become clear we won’t be able to host the event. The safety of participants and volunteers is our primary concern, and mass participation events of this nature are simply not possible with this goal in mind. In Ontario, we currently have indoor gathering limits of 50 and outdoor gathering limits of 100 which require 2m of space between each person. We also have restrictions on public transportation, our host site (the community centre) remains closed, plus there’s no clear indication if these restrictions could tighten once again.

We’re sure you share in our disappointment at having to make this decision. The organizing team at TTRW loves nothing more than introducing participants to the natural beauty of the Bruce Peninsula and seeing all those hard-earned, brilliant finish line smiles. These are challenging times for us all, but with the support of our participants, volunteers, partners and communities we are confident we will return to racing stronger than ever, when it is safe to do so.

The next TTRW is now scheduled to take place on Sept. 18/19, 2021. With respect to entries and fees paid we’re providing the following 3 options. Please bear in mind we’re a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting, supporting and advocating for outdoor sport initiatives. We have annual fixed costs and derive 100% of our revenue from organizing these events. A portion of proceeds from TTRW also support the Tobermory Primary Place Daycare.

Option 1. Deferral. Your entry will automatically be transferred to the Sept. 18/19, 2021 event. What do I need to do to defer my entry? Nothing, all entries from the 2020 event will be automatically deferred to the 2021 event unless participants choose Option 2, or Option 3 below.

Option 2. Donation. Some participants have inquired about donating their entry fee. All donations will be directed the Tobermory Primary Place Daycare. In this instance we can donate 65% of your race entry, plus 100% of any fees paid for; extra meals, or extra swag. You’ll receive a charitable tax receipt for the amount of the donation. What do I need to do? Email your request to donate before Sept. 18th, 2020.

Option 3. Refund. We’re able to provide a 65% refund for the race entry portion of fees paid, plus 100% refunds for the cost of any extra meals, or extra swag purchased. We’re not able to refund the transaction/system fee charged by Zone4, our registration provider. What do I need to do? Email your request for a refund before Sept. 18th, 2020. Let us know if you’d prefer a cheque mailed, or Interac e-transfer sent along with the applicable email address (plus the security answer you’d appreciate.) For teams, please have only one person on the team request a refund.

Stay tuned for more news. We’re planning a Bruce Trail themed Scavenger Hunt for the month of October to help raise funds for the daycare. Full details will be released in the coming weeks.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding. We appreciate every one of our valued participants, volunteers and partners as we manage through this together.


The TTRW Organizing Committee

Covid-19 Planning Update

Greetings Trail Runners!

We hope everyone is staying safe, healthy and with loved ones during these especially trying times. We wanted to provide an update on where planning sits for the Tobermory Trail Race Weekend given the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not events of this nature will be permissible in late September. Ontario’s emergency order limiting group gatherings currently sits at 10 and we need to see that climb closer to 100 for the Flower Pot Island event to proceed, or 200 for the trail marathon and ½ marathon to proceed as planned. The event has other hurdles to overcome, including guidelines, or restrictions related to mass transportation on buses and boats, plus gaining access to community centres, which are currently closed province wide.

For the time-being, we’re continuing to monitor all provincial and national emergency orders, restrictions and guidelines. We plan to make a final decision about whether or not we can host the event the week of July 20th.

Thank you all for your continued patience, support and understanding. We appreciate every one of our valued participants, volunteers and partners as we manage through this together.


The TTRW Organizing Committee

2020 Public Registration Opens next Thursday December 12th, 2019

We’ve decided to change the Pre-Sale details for TTRW in order to give more people a chance to participate in the TTRW weekend events, but also provide our extremely valuable volunteers a guaranteed method to enter. All 2019 TTRW volunteers may register beginning Monday December 9th, 2019 @ 10am. 2019 Volunteers may only sign themselves up, but they are permitted to sign up for both the Trail Marathon and Flowerpot Island 5K if they wish.

The General Public On-sale date is Thursday December 12th, 2019 @10am. The entire TTRW weekend takes place in late September with the racecourses traversing the beautiful Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five Marine National Park. These races sell out extremely quickly, so if you’re interested in participating be ready when registration opens!

Prices have been kept the same as last year.



  • Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay on Saturday, live results will be here
  • Flowerpot Island 5K Run on Sunday, live results will be here

NOTE: Full weekend festivities (including the new trail running film tour screening) can be found here …the public is welcome “by donation” if there’s enough room.


TTRW banner 2019

Special thanks to Max at

Fastest Times in History

Tobermory Trail Race Weekend continued its tradition of hosting a community-led and strongly-supported event in Tobermory with the proceeds again being forwarded to the Primary Place Child Care Centre.  The event is put on by Peninsula Adventure Sports Association (PASA) which is a local non-profit promoting outdoor sport on the Bruce Peninsula, along with the help of a local committee.


2018 organizing committee – absent Monique, Sarah and Sheila!

Friday’s wind gusts created some challenges for the organizers, however with the help of committee members Ashley Salen, Sara Gowland, Tien Angus, Monique Wall, Terry Heffernan, Leigh Grigg, Tara Harpur, Sarah Peacock and Sheila Buckingham, along with extra assistance from race volunteers and key sponsors, everything was set up in time for the weekend.

The poor weather on Friday undoubtedly frightened away a number of racers entirely, resulting in 35 racers and 5 relay teams not attending the weekend.  However the event added 20 spots to last year’s capacity thanks to its close partnership with Parks Canada and a continued commitment to safety planning. Keeping the event environmentally sustainable is at the forefront of planning and the event this year ceased use of plastic cups.

Despite the gusty evening, a group of outdoor enthusiasts cozied up in the Community Centre for the guest speaker Shannon Miller listening to her fascinating talk on Adventure Racing.

Saturday morning saw the marathoners and relay teams start with PASA directors Tara Harpur and Leigh Grigg at 7am, subsequently producing a mad dash through downtown Tobermory.  The half marathoners were then brought to Cyprus Lake campground for their start at 8am.  From that point onward, as racer Jay Myatt succinctly put it, it’s “run time now.”

Jay was certainly correct. This year was by far the fastest race weekend yet, with 14 course records being broken by the winners, including all the big ones: overall Trail Marathon, overall Trail Half Marathon, Trail Marathon Relay and overall Flowerpot 5K.

Despite some downed trees and the occasional (temporarily) lost racer, race weekend was relatively incident-free and plenty of smiles were found at the finish line street party.  After two years of fun activities along the pedestrian-only Bay St. the community knows now to bring along their kids to check out the exhibits.  Cheering on the finishers as they cross the line is always the most popular activity but this year there were inflatable Zoo Guts to compliment the bouncy castle and face-painting.  Saturday evening there were a lot of familiar faces at the Tobermory Brewing Company for dining, and at the Painted Turtles Silent Auction event at the Parks Visitors Centre.  There were racers literally everywhere you looked in town Saturday evening, even some who were due to be ready at 6am the following morning for the sailing to the Flowerpot Island 5 km run.

All finishing times in all divisions can be found on the website and then by clicking on “results”.  An achievement that stuck out was Owen Sound’s Brian Dubeau and David White winning their third set of relay paddles after taking the relay division for the 3rd straight year. What made it unique this year though was that they finally beat the 4hour mark (finishing in 3 hours 53minutes and 53 seconds) although a minute later the men’s trail marathon solo winner Zack Reimer from St. Catherines also achieved the same feat, posting a 3 hour 54 minute and 35 second result.


Brian Dubeau and David White on top of the Relay podium (again!)

Sunday’s 3rd annual Flowerpot Island 5K had fewer no shows than it’s counterpart marathon, so the new glass-bottom tour boat Blue Heron 8 had a lively atmosphere on its sunrise trip to the island.  Race director Tien Angus started everyone at 7:05am and finishers came into the Flowerpot lightstation not long after, the fastest of whom was Jake Harpur of South Bruce Peninsula, at 24 minutes and 1 second; a three-peat victory for Jake.  Lola Bater, a track and XC star from Kitchener, posted a 28min 59sec result to claim the women’s title this year.

The Friends of Bruce District Parks provided an incredible breakfast after the run, complete with hors d’oeuvres of every popular breakfast treat from waffles to quiches.  The awards were handed out at the Blue Heron dock with each racer receiving a medal and a Tobermory stainless steel water bottle.

In total, 230 racers and approximately 75 volunteers took part in the weekend, each of whom received a treat from the Sweet Shop, a hearty meal (Leeside’s brown bag lunch for volunteers) and a commemorative t-shirt.  Keeping proceeds local and providing a great race experience is what PASA does in close consultation with Parks Canada, and the event couldn’t have taken place without the generous support of Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five Marine Park.

The organizers would also like to thank the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club, the Friends of Bruce District Parks, Leeside’s Restaurant, the Blue Heron and all the other partners and landowners who donated cash or prizes or simply time and effort to help make the 3rd annual TTRW a success.

Breeze through Registration

See y’all between 5pm and 10pm at the Community Centre for registration.

Want to breeze through our Registration, and optimize your time in Tobermory?  Here’s how:

  1. Print the waiver forms now, by downloading them from here.
  2. Read the waiver forms over the next while (don’t forget this part!).
  3. Complete the waiver forms with a pen.
  4. Submit the completed waiver forms when you arrive at the Community Centre.  Note: Waiver forms cannot be sent via email or electronically this year, we apologize for this inconvenience.

This small task, done in advance, helps you enjoy your pre-race dinner (vegan options will be available) Friday evening… but dinner is only served from 5pm until shortly after 7pm, so be prompt!  Guest speaker is right after the close of the silent auction, at 8pm.  This year it’s Shannon Miller, an international Adventure Racer and new race director.

Here’s a snapshot of the rest of the weekend schedule:

2018 schedule


The Starters Lists are ready!

Unfortunately for some, that also means the deadline has now passed to transfer their registration to somebody else, a small service we’ve been providing up to this point, and continue to do each year.

From this point forward in 2018, bib swaps will not be allowed, but if you now find yourself unable to attend and unable to get anything in return for your race fee, feel free to COME AND TAKE IN THE WEEKEND AS A SPECTATOR and experience the finish line fun, grab your welcome package which includes the official tshirt and a gift from the The Sweet Shop and not forgetting the yummy dinner on the Friday evening.  Your can take some comfort in also knowing this event’s best kept secret… it’s a fundraiser for the Tobermory Primary Place Childcare Centre and your race fee means a lot… it basically helps the centre stay open during the winter months in Tobermory.

The confirmation list is here for Saturday Sept 22:

The confirmation list is here for Sunday Sept 23 2018’s Flowerpot Island 5K Run:

SOLOISTS: Sorry, but the deadline to swap out to a different name has come and gone. There are no exchanges or refunds or credits at this late stage. If you can’t attend the event please don’t advertise your bib for sale any longer.  We cannot change disciplines for any full marathoners looking to run the half marathon at this stage either, thanks for your understanding.  If you are concerned with your ability to complete the full trail marathon, please email us at

RELAY TEAMS: please look over your team makeup by clicking the link above, and let us know if anything needs changing. You are able to make changes until September 14th 2018 without any admin fees. is our email address.

Newsletter #2 is expected sometime this weekend and Newsletter #3 of 3 is expected shortly before you depart for the race.  These will have important information included so PLEASE add our addresses to your safe list or your list of contacts, depending on how your email client works, so that we don’t get filtered out of your inbox.  Our emails are and

Regardless if you’re racing Saturday or Sunday, a copy of the most important Racer Newsletter #1 is available here (on this website) under “NEED TO KNOW”.

Thanks all, and happy training!


Bib Swaps


reposted from PASA blog:

UPDATE: The deadline for registration transfers has now passed.  TTRW relay teams can make changes without fees until September 14th, 2018

The most frequent question we get is “I missed the race going on sale, and now the race I want is sold out.  Do you have a wait list?”

The second-most frequent question we get is “I just found out I can’t make it, can I get a refund or defer it to next year?” 

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate any of these scenarios.  We offer no refunds, we cannot defer until the following year and we don’t organize a wait list.

We do allow transfers between parties.  Be it the TTRW or Subaru BPMR, the process is the same.

We encourage all racers to check out your race’s associated Facebook Event (links below) to see if anyone is looking to go (“wanters”) or to see if anyone is looking to get out of a registration and recoup some of their fee (“cannoters”).  If and when a “wanter” finds a “cannoter,” either on Facebook or simply by word of mouth, then the “cannoter” just needs to let us know who the “wanter” is by emailing us at and if there’s sufficient time between the request and the race we can change the name & details.  There will be a $20 admin fee payable by e-transfer to our non-profit association in order to complete the administrative change, typically paid by the “wanter” …but not always.  Each party interested in swapping a bib will have to discuss and agree on the specific financial details with the other party directly, the race will only receive the admin fee(s) for the change(s).
In an effort to be more accommodating and have fewer DNS’s we will send a blurb in at least one of our e-newsletters to our mailing list to find some “wanters”, and a blurb in at least one racer newsletter to suss out some “cannoters” with the same call-to-action to the relevant Facebook event.  This is the effort we find ourselves able to make within the constraints of the non-profit association that we run.

If you don’t use Facebook, you can certainly search Twitter and Kijiji as well.

In every case, remember:

  • we kindly ask that racers do not charge more for the registration than what they paid.
  • if you use these forums, you leave your contact info at your own risk, and
  • if you suspect a scam or illegitimate offer DO NOT SEND CASH OR E-TRANSFERS until you confirm with us that the race registrant you’re dealing with actually holds a valid registration.

Our third most frequent question is “can I drop down/ante up to a shorter/longer distance?” in which case you’ll have to do the above (you’re a wanter) and then do the same in reverse (as a cannoter) to find someone who wants to buy your other registration.

Our organization has to do what makes sense to be financially sustainable, and thus be able to continue putting on great events, each with their own great race experience.   Exact deadlines for switches are posted on our social media channels but are typically a month prior to the race.

Check out the discussions here:

Aug 11, 2018 Subaru Bruce Peninsula Multisport Race Facebook Forum

Sept 23-24, 2018 Tobermory Trail Race Weekend Facebook Forum

2018 public on-sale coming soon

2018 will mark the 3rd edition of the challenging & uber-scenic Tobermory Trail Race Weekend.  Saturday September 21 will be the Trail Marathon, Relay and Half Marathon and Sunday September 23 will be the Flowerpot Island 5K.

The public will get access to both these dates on Sunday January 21st at 10am at

Please note:  Although the event sells out quickly, it’s important to know and research its level of difficulty BEFORE SIGNING UP.  These racecourses take place on VERY CHALLENGING TERRAIN, as described here.  Please be honest with yourself, and with your capabilities, and sign up for the distance you believe you can complete in the allotted time.  Cutoffs for 2018 have not been announced but will be similar to 2017 cutoffs.

2017 Cutoffs (2018 will be very similar)

  • Marathon & Relay (7am start) must reach the 1⁄2 point by 11:00am.
  • Marathon, Relay (7am start) and Half Marathon (7:30am start) must reach the Little Cove CP on their northbound leg of the trip by 2pm.
  • Flowerpot Island 5K racers need to be able to complete a 5km trail run with some difficult sections in under 1h.

Previous racers and volunteers, as well as those who signed up to this promotion will receive an advance opportunity for both events from Wednesday January 17th at 5pm until Friday January 18th at 3pm. Everyone eligible for the pre-sale will receive an email invite by noon on Wednesday January 17th and only one registration will be allowed per eligible person.  Sorry, but pre-sale registrations are not transferable during the pre-sale window and must be claimed using the email address on file, and the name of the eligible person.  After the pre-sale window closes, any registration changes are subject to the usual $20 change fee.  Full details on the pre-sale will be here (coming soon) and will be emailed.

NEW THIS YEAR: Trail Marathon Relay teammates may be added or changed until August 25th for no charge.

50% of the total registration capacity will be available during the pre-sale window and 50% of the total registrations (plus whatever is not sold during pre-sale) will be available during the public onsale starting at 10am on Sunday January 21st at 10am.

Thanks to Parks Canada, Blue Heron Company and Leeside’s Restaurant and other partners for their incredible support.

Event Website:  Facebook Page

PASA events:  Facebook Page

2018 Date Announced

The date for the upcoming 3rd annual Tobermory Trail Race Weekend (TTRW) has been announced as September 21-23, 2018.  The event will take on a familiar format and will again feature both the Saturday Trail Marathon, Half & Relay as well as the Sunday Flowerpot Island 5K.

If you would like to be notified of the date of the public on-sale for the 2018 TTRW, please join our mailing list here.

The dates for both the pre-sale and the public on-sale will be announced shortly.

If you’re just discovering the TTRW and/or did not race or volunteer last year, there is still a way to get access to the pre-sale window with this promotion currently being run by our sister event, the Subaru Bruce Peninsula Multisport Race. This exciting event combines trail running with mountain biking (and even some paddling options!) and takes place August 11th 2018.  As of the time of this writing, only the sprint distance is left, or the “self-supported adventure race” Buff Long Course relay.

Exactly half of the registrations of all TTRW racecourses are available during the pre-sale window.  Pre-sale registrants will be allowed one registration per email address provided, will have to register under their name only, and any transfers thereafter will be subject to additional fees.  The other half of the TTRW registrations (plus whatever is not sold during the pre-sale window) will be available during the public on-sale a few days later.

Both events, plus the upcoming Wiarton Willie Groundhog Jog, go a long way to fundraise for outdoor sport on the Bruce Peninsula.  For this, we thank you sincerely for your support, and look forward to hosting you up here on the beautiful Bruce!

Enjoy your day.  Get outside!

2017 Event Proceeds: $14,000

The Tobermory Trail Race Committee would like to thank everyone – racers,
volunteers, and sponsors – who helped to make the 2nd annual Tobermory Trail
Race Weekend a smashing success and helped raise money for local causes.

Trail Marathon, Relay & Half photos are here and results are here.
Flowerpot Island 5K photos are here and results are here.

Friday’s Pasta dinner & guest speaker photos are here:

After a delicious pasta dinner, provided by the parents of Primary Place Daycare, 120 racers headed out early Sept 23 to tackle one of the toughest runs in Ontario. The course progressed mostly on the Bruce Trail through Bruce Peninsula National Park between Cyprus Lake and Tobermory.

At 7:00 am, accompanied by Kathryn Hauck on bagpipes, the 28 Marathon and 9 starting Relay racers were escorted to the start line on Bay St.  After cheering them on, the 82 Half Marathon runners loaded onto buses to head to their start line at Cyprus Lake. The rain the previous night combined with the humidity making temperatures reach well over 30 degrees Celcius made for a slippery hot run. Everyone was very careful to run within their abilities & the safety team was called on only a handful of times to coordinate aid for racers.


The finish line festivities began with a repeat of last year when Spencer Summerfield was the first racer across the line, holding onto his Half Marathon Open Male title. Don Graham, Steven Forrest, Bryan Dubeau & David White, and Joan Matthews also retained their respective titles from 2016 – Half Marathon Masters Male winner, Marathon Masters Male winner, Marathon Relay winners and Marathon Open Female winner.

These are amazing accomplishments but the talk of race day was Benjamin Jagdeo, who is just 12 years old and running with his teachers.  He finished the Half Marathon in 3:49:22, apparently high-fiving fellow runners all the way.


The amazing weather continued on Sunday morning when, in the still greyness of
dawn, 73 racers were transported by the Blue Heron Company to Flowerpot
Island to compete in the Flowerpot Island 5km race.  Jake Harpur (aka. Jack Van Dorp) retained his title of Flowerpot 5km winner.  Steven Forrest, Mary Thompson and Lisa Wardell were the other category winners.  Of note Steven and Lisa were just two of a group of racers who competed on both Saturday and Sunday!  The dedication of these athletes is extra impressive.

At the finish line of the Flowerpot Island 5K, the much sought-after Friend’s breakfast did not disappoint.  Have a taste for yourself with this Youtube clip:

The purpose of these events is to draw tourism in the off season, fundraise for the Primary Place Daycare & the Friends of Bruce District Parks, and share our amazing trails and natural environment.  The event raised over $10,000 for the daycare this year, plus an additional $4,000 for outdoor sport ventures via PASA.  By this bar, we consider this weekend a huge success and look forward to planning next year’s run.