Running on trail is not for the faint of heart. This trail is rugged, slippery and requires runners to adapt to scrambling and slower pacing where safety dictates.
Course Length: Trail is 5 km
Difficulty Level: Moderate to High
NEW: Minimum Age Requirements
All racers must be age 13yrs or older. If you would like to race underage you will need to contact us to be considered for an exception, certain restrictions may apply.
NEW: YOU’RE INVITED TO EVERYTHING THIS YEAR!
All Flowerpot Island 5K racers are invited to join us at all events throughout the weekend this year, including our Trails in Motion Film Screening, details here
UPDATED: Complete your waiver in advance and save a bit of time at check-in
Just click here to download the 2019 copy of the forms you’ll need to submit at registration, complete and sign them… then bring them to check in, grab your package and go!
(NOTE: SOME OF THE EAGLE-EYED OF YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE THIS PRIOR TO SEP2, 2019, AND THEREFORE YOU MAY HAVE COMPLETED THE 2018 WAIVERS BY MISTAKE. SORRY, but PLEASE GIVE IT ANOTHER SHOT NOW THAT THE 2019 WAIVERS ARE UPDATED AT THE ABOVE LINK.)
2019 RACE RULES/GUIDELINES
- Trail Conditions – The Bruce Trail is a fabulous hiking trail but it can be incredibly strenuous, runners should accept the fact that they may occasionally have to walk or even scramble due to trail conditions.
Trail conditions include:
Brief gravel packed trails
Root and rock covered trails
High cliff edges
- Race Kit pickup times are Fri 5:00pm-10:00pm at the National Park Visitors Centre and a second chance Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm at the TTRW finish line on Bay St. in front of Tobermory Brewing Co.
- All racers must attend the Race briefing at 6:45am on Dock at Flowerpot Island. The boat leaves shortly after and waits for no one!
- Start is the on a rocky beach close to the dock at Flowerpot Island where the boat will disembark. Details on Flowerpot Island Terrain are here.
- The Finish Line is at the Flowerpot Island Lightstation.
- The race will begin AT SUNRISE and will begin in waves of 5-10 racers.
- There will be a tentative race cutoff time of TBD so that racers can enjoy a breakfast, after which time if the racer is still on course they may be forfeiting the breakfast. The return transportation to Tobermory is again by boat and will depart at 8:45am. There is a 1km walk from the finish line to the departure point.
- Awards will take place back in Tobermory dockside at approximately 9:00AM.
- At all times runners must follow the directions of race officials.
- Due to the narrow trails and steep drop-offs, slippery rocks, etc. no dogs, push buggies, supporters or bicycles are allowed. Take care with and be courteous to other trail users. These are public trails and other users can use the trails while the race is underway. If you see a hiker or a biker, let them know you are coming and try to avoid disrupting their trail experience.
- Live tracking of race times will be available on our results page.
- Runners are expected to be courteous and respectful to volunteers, other racers and visitors.
- Exercise care and caution and common sense on trails. Especially when passing other runners on the trail. Let others know you are coming and that you intend to pass.
- Safety on this course requires racers look out for one another:
If you leave the race for any reason, make sure you tell the nearest race volunteer.
If you encounter a runner in distress, offer assistance and/or report the situation to the nearest aid station.
- Racers are expected to pack in and pack out or make use of the garbage receptacles provided. Any racers found littering will be disqualified from the race.
- Headphones/earbuds must not be worn while on the course.
In case of the small craft weather warning of such strength that the Boat Captains (Blue Heron Company), Parks Canada, or the organizers deem it unsafe to proceed to the island, the race course will be changed to the Burnt Point Loop on the mainland with breakfast being served at the Community Centre. Racers will be notified as early as possible of such a change, and if severe weather is forecasted, racers will be notified at check-in.
Once registered, racers will receive 3-4 newsletters with relevant info.
The first racer newsletter for 2019 is here
The second racer newsletter for 2019 is here
The third racer newsletter for 2019 is here