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!

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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.

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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.

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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYti-_GJpL4

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.

Welcome!

It’s Race Weekend!

Thanks to Parks Canada, Leesides & Blue Heron for being such a big part of the event.

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Bruce Peninsula National Park & Fathom Five National Marine Park make up almost 95% of our racecourses this weekend.  Leeside’s Restaurant is providing our volunteer lunches, and all sorts of prizing.  Blue Heron is our Sunday morning cruise to Flowerpot Island and back, and a massive part of our awards ceremony.

Thanks as well to all our sponsors, volunteers and landowners for supporting the 2nd annual TTRW.

Thanks as well to the racers.  You’re going to have an awesome time.

Here’s what else is going on this weekend in Tobermory.

It’s almost raceday

Weather’s looking warm this weekend.  Keep your fingers crossed for nice conditions for us all.

All the info you need for this weekend, including copies of all 4 newsletters are here:
SATURDAY RACES: tobermorytrail.wordpress.com/marathon/
SUNDAY’S FPI5K:  tobermorytrail.wordpress.com/flowerpot-island-5k

Did you know:

  • This race has 7 different landowners, without whose support we couldn’t deliver such an exciting course.
  • There will be fun activities for your friends and family to discover at the finish line… right on Bay st in front of Tobermory Brewing Co from 10-3pm Saturday.
  • This race is non-profit!  Proceeds benefit Tobermory Primary Place Daycare and local outdoor sport projects via Peninsula Adventure Sports Association.
  • You race entry also gets you an advance purchase opportunity for next year’s race…. helpful considering we sold out the FPI5K in 3 hours.
  • Your race bib will get you a couple of clutch discounts around town.
  • There are 65 volunteers helping out!  This year’s volunteers get access to free first aid training and also get the advance purchase opportunity next year.
  • Tobermory is an absolutely incredible place to visit in the fall!  Laid back & super-scenic.

 

Be a part of the fun

If you weren’t able to get into the race then another option is to volunteer.

We are looking for amazing volunteers for the Tobermory Marathon and Half Marathon Race.  Any volunteers this year will receive a complimentary CPR course prior to the race.  Several dates are available.

Come race weekend, the delicious volunteer sandwiches are generously provided by Leeside’s Restaurant.   All race proceeds go to local causes, including the Tobermory Primary Place Daycare.

To volunteer (the weekend is September 22-23) please email Tien at tien.angus@hotmail.com

Sold Out for 2017

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Incredibly, the 2017 Tobermory Trail Race Weekend is now sold out! Thanks to everyone who picked up an entry in the past 3 days. Peninsula Adventure Sport Association (PASA), Parks Canada and the Tobermory Chamber of Commerce will be sure to provide a great experience for you all. You’re also supporting a great cause in Primary Place Daycare and other non-profits here on the Bruce Peninsula. Please rsvp to our Facebook event if you either need to switch into or out of a registration: an admin fee of $20 will apply.

Thanks for supporting this unique event & although efforts are made to grow the capacity of the race slightly, we respect the privilege of hosting an event in such a beautiful natural landscape and keep within the constraints of the regulations that protect it. On top of this, PASA strives to make all of its races low-waste and low-impact & our mission is to make Bruce Trail ambassadors of you all!

Here is the list of racers vying for the various podiums:
SATURDAY LIST: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=14231&list=1
SUNDAY LIST: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=14233&list=1

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Thanks again & happy training. Please check out the Feb 4th Wiarton Willie’s Groundhog Jog at Wiarton Willie Festival to bridge the gap between the fall and spring running season.

All Races are now on sale!

TO REGISTER: Please click on one of the following:

SATURDAY RACES – Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay Marathon

SUNDAY RACE – Flowerpot Island 5K*

*update: event is sold out!

Also maybe you’ll find one of these great races to be a great training opportunity:

       Subaru BPMR: Aug 12-13 2017                        Groundhog Jog 5K: Feb 4 2017

Click here to learn more about the races.