Frequently Asked Questions (Updated January 2022)
1. What’s new for 2022?
We’re planning a return to our normal point-to-point style of event generally following the Bruce Trail from Cyprus Lake to Tobermory. If Covid restrictions require, we may utilize our 2021 course, which was more loop-based to prevent much passing/interaction amongst participants on the trails.
The Marathon Relay has been removed from the event program as it’s logistical challenges have become too onerous, namely parking and busing to the hand-off locations, which have become much more popular with weekend tourists.
All participants and volunteers will need to provide proof of vaccination against Covid-19.
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 on Saturday September 24th, 2022 and/or the Flowerpot Island 5K on Sunday September 25th, 2022.
3. How much does it cost?
Pricing is listed in the online registration pages, prices will go up as deadlines come and go. 2022 pricing was kept the same as in 2020. 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?
Proceeds support the Tobermory Primary Place daycare and outdoor sport on the Bruce Peninsula via PASA.
5. Are there any refunds?
Sorry but there are no refunds available for any reason, however bib transfers are permitted.
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, 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 21st, 2022. After this deadline you will not be able to transfer, or 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?
Unfortunately, spectators are not permitted to travel on the ferry to Flowerpot Island. The awards presentation will be back in Tobermory at 9am at the Blue Heron Dock and all are welcome to cheer on the winners and podium presentations.
7. Where can I pick up the Race Kit?
Race Kit Pick-Up details will be provided closer to the event. If Covid pre-screening is required we’ll have all participants pick-up their kist on the morning of their respective events.
8. How is the trail marked? What will I encounter on the way?
The course is marked with a mix of:
- Bruce Trail White Blazes (saturday races)
- Florescent orange pin flags anywhere 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 can I familiarize myself with the trail marathon & half marathon courses?
The Bruce Trail is a public hiking path and individuals can make use of it at anytime. The 1/2 marathon course generally runs from Cyprus Lake to Tobermory on the Bruce Trail. The Marathon is an out & back beginning in Tobermory, going to Cyprus Lake and then returning.