Running the Bruce Trail is not for the faint of heart. The trail is rugged, slippery and requires runners to adapt to scrambling and slower pacing where safety dictates.
2018 COURSE LENGTH
The course is for the most part the Bruce Trail between Tobermory and Cyprus with a few different connections. Full details of the course will not be released until race day.
42km of scenic trail. Difficulty Level: High
21km of scenic trail. Difficulty Level: High
Trail Marathon Relay Option
42km in total. Difficulty Level: High.
Relay teams consist of 2, 3, or 4 members to split up the 42km marathon distance. There are 4 trail running stages to the Relay of roughly (within ~2km) equal distance. Relay team members can race any stages that are consecutive, or if they want they can race stages 1 and 4. (example: It’s ok for Jon to race stage 1 & Bob races stages 2, 3 and 4) (example: Bob is not allowed to race stages 1 & 3, neither in a 2-person nor a 3-person team)
NEW: Minimum Age Requirements for 2018
All half marathon racers must be age 16yrs or older. All marathon racers must be 18yrs or older. All marathon relay racers must be 16yrs or older with no runner under 18yrs old completing more than 21.1km. If you would like to race underage you will need to contact us to be considered for an exception, certain restrictions may apply.
1. 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 and roads
- Cobble stone beaches
- Root and rock covered trails
- Rocky steep cliffs
- Rock crevices
- High cliff edges
- Uneven footing
2. All racers (or just one member of Relay Team) must register on Friday night at the Tobermory Community Centre.
3. All racers (including all relay team members) must attend the Race briefing at TBD in the Tobermory Community Centre.
4. Start for the Marathon and Relay are in downtown Tobermory, Ont. Start for the Half Marathon is at Cyprus Lake Campground – Bruce Peninsula National Park.
5. The Finish Line for all Races at the Bruce Trail Cairn in Tobermory.
6. Marathon runners and Relay Team Member 1 start at TBD. Half-Marathon runners start at TBD.
7. The Race cut off for all events is TBD. Marathoners’ midway cut-off is TBD at the Cyprus Lake Checkpoint (21.2 km) and Relay midway cut-off is TBD, also at Cyprus Lake Checkpoint.
8. Transportation to and from the Half-Marathon start line and Relay Exchange Points will be provided by Race provided Transportation. Approximate bus times are here, but a final version will be available in the race kits. If you take your own vehicle parking is limited and there is a risk you will not get to the area in time for your race.
9. At all times runners must follow the directions of race officials. If you are withdrawing from the race, you must inform the nearest race marshal or official (friendly volunteer with race lanyard & badge) or else you risk being missed by our sweep team. If you do not notify a race official, a search & rescue operation will take place at your expense.
10. 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. Headphones/earbuds are not allowed during the race. Mandatory gear is only a small whistle, but we recommend carrying a small list of first aid supplies and enough water carrying capacity to get you to the next checkpoint.
- Spectators are welcome to join the racers at various places over the course. Due to constraints on parking in certain areas spectators may be transported by Race Transport – details TBA.
- Start or Finish Line in Tobermory
- Little Cove – Needs Race Transport
- Cyprus Lake – Needs Race Transport
11. Runners are expected to be courteous and respectful to volunteers, other racers and visitors.
12. 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.
13. 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.
- Whistle protocol (three blasts if lost, two blasts in response if heard)
14. 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.
15. Headphones/earbuds must not be worn while on the course! There will be a spot check for headphones at some point on the trail this year with a ½ hr time penalty for those found using them.
Once registered, racers will receive 3-4 newsletters with relevant info. Until then here are last year’s, purely for reference:
2017 NEWSLETTERS (PLEASE DON’T PRINT)
The Spring 2017 racer newsletter #1 is here.
The July 2017 racer newsletter #2 is here.
The August 2017 racer newsletter #3 is here.
The September 2017 racer newsletter #4 is here.