TTRW 2021 Event Update

An email was just sent to all registered TTRW participants. If you are registered and did not receive the email it can be seen at this link. The confirmed registrant lists can be seen at the following links:

Tobermory Trail Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay

Flower Pot Island 5k

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