Frequently Asked Questions (Updated September 2019)
1. What’s new for 2019?
Registration has moved to the Fathom Five National Park Visitor Centre (121 Chi sin tib dek Rd, Tobermory, ON N0H 2R0) All Saturday runners must register on Friday night between 5 pm and 10 pm at the Visitor Centre. The Friday night Pasta Supper has been cancelled since there are no catering facilities at the Visitor Centre. However, the visitor centre has a fancy theatre, so we’ll be hosting a stop on the Trails In Motion Film Tour Friday evening from 6:30pm-9:00pm free to all participants and volunteers.
2. How many races are there?
The Tobermory Trail Race Weekend consists of two unique race experiences. You can sign up for the Tobermory Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay on Saturday September 21st, 2019 and/or the Flowerpot Island 5K on Sunday September 22nd, 2019. The rest of the Tobermory festival schedule is here.
3. How much does it cost?
Pricing is listed in the online registration pages, prices will go up as deadlines come and go. 2019 pricing was a small increase over 2018. If you’ve already registered, you will have been emailed a receipt from firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Where do the proceeds of the event go?
5. Are there any refunds?
Sorry but there are no refunds available for any reason. Example scenario: If you switch from a solo to a friend’s relay team you’ll be responsible for selling your solo registration or forfeiting the amount you paid for the solo registration.
If you do not know anyone who will race in your place if you can’t make it, you can certainly post it for sale in our Facebook event discussion forum, once we create one, or elsewhere. There are typically a lot of people in our Facebook forum(s) so chances are often good that you’ll find someone. Once you’ve found someone to take your place, email us at email@example.com. The deadline for any name changes or transfer requests will be September 1. After this deadline you will not be able to allow anyone to race on your behalf.
Although we simply administer name changes and don’t get involved in the financial transactions between racers, WE KINDLY ASK THAT YOU NOT SELL YOUR RACE BIB FOR MORE MONEY THAN YOU’VE ORIGINALLY PAID. Let’s all work together to keep this event registration simple, fun and flexible.
6. How can I watch the Flowerpot Island 5K Run?
As always, the awards presentation will be back in Tobermory at a time 9pm at the Blue Heron Dock, so you’re more than invited to come cheer on the winners and podium presentations.
7. Where can I pick up by Race Kit?
All racers (Saturday events and Sunday race) can pick up their race kits on Friday from 5pm to 10pm at the Fathom Five National Park Visitor Centre (121 Chi sin tib dek Rd, Tobermory, ON N0H 2R0). FPI5K Racers can also pick up their race-kit Saturday at the Merchandise Tent near the finish line of the Marathon events in downtown Tobermory next to the Northern Terminus Cairn of the Bruce Trail between 10am and 4pm.
8. How is the trail marked? What will I encounter on the way?
The course will marked with a mix of:
- Bruce Trail White Blazes (saturday races)
- Florescent orange pin flags any where Bruce Trail markers are scarce or a trail intersection has happened
- Arrows will be used to clarify some turns
The scenery is beautiful but the trail is not without it challenges. The marathon & half marathon trail races have a very high level of difficulty, occasionally with extremely technical segments. See FPI5K & Trail Marathon pages for more information.
9. What facilities are there on the trail?
Aid stations – with water, electrolytes drink & first aid are available at ~10km to 12km intervals. Port-a-potties will be available at intervals.
10. How many team members are allowed per relay team, what distance can they do?
Relay teams must complete the full Marathon distance. Teams can be made up of 2-4 people. The relay checkpoints are preset and the distances will be announced shortly. See the Trail Marathon page for more info on Relay Teams & “like” our Facebook page to get up-to-date information as it becomes available.
11. How can I familiarize myself with the trail marathon course?
The Bruce Trail is a public hiking path and individual can make use of it at anytime.