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When “Run The Edge” was first envisioned by the Peninsula Adventure Sport Association (PASA) and the Tobermory Chamber of Commerce Economic Committee no one had any idea just how popular it would be. Sold out for all events in less than 6 weeks, it became clear that there were big expectations of this event. Racers signed up from far and wide, including several racers from outside Canada. And thanks to fabulous weather, amazingly generous sponsors and partners, friendly volunteers and a dedicated organizing team the 1st Annual Tobermory Trail Race Weekend it was even better than expected.
On Saturday Sept 24th at 715 am 126 runners walked down Hwy 6 to Bay St to cheer on the 18 Marathon Runners and 12 Marathon Relay teams as they headed down the Bruce Trail toward Cyprus Lake. The remaining half-marathon runners then jumped on buses to be driven to Cyprus Lake Campground in Bruce Peninsula National Park to begin their run north at 8:30 am. All racers took on the tough terrain with grit and determination. Every single runner completed their chosen distance, despite the occasional bumps and bruises and wasp nests.
At 10 am sharp the Finish Line Team closed off Bay St. from the Cenotaph to the LCBO so that the race celebration, which included a lemonade stand, a book sale, face painting and a bouncy castle, could be begin. It was a good thing that they were prompt as the first runner, Spencer Summerfield (London) crossed the finish line just before 10:30 am. The atmosphere at the finish line was just what the Race Committee was hoping for – fun, upbeat and lively. Awards, including 1 of a kind Run The Edge beer tankards by Goose Creek Pottery were presented to the fastest male and female runners in each group. The fastest relay teams were presented with paddles, hand burned with the race logo by the race committee’s own Terry Heffernan. And while they didn’t make the podium, FULL CODE, a local relay team made up of Dr. Jonathon Thomas (Lions Head), Dr. Ali Appelton (Lions Head), RN Rusty Campigotto (Lions Head) and RPN Goldie Bain (Lions Head) won the relay team draw prize of gift certificates to the Tobermory Brewing Company and Grill. And Craig Moore (Cambridge), a half-marathon runner won the overall draw prize package which included accommodation, boat rides and meals courtesy of Dan Welsh and The Blue Heron Company.
The fun continued bright and early the next morning as just before sunrise 72 racers and several volunteers loaded onto one of the Blue Heron zodiacs to head to Flowerpot Island for a sunrise run and breakfast. Huddling for warmth against the early morning chill the racers were treated to peacefully still waters as they charged off towards Flowerpot. There they were met by their safety crew from Parks Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard and just as it got light enough at 6:50 am they took off on the trail for a 5 km loop and a half of the island. The race ended at the Lighthouse Keepers cottage with a delicious breakfast served by the Friends of Bruce District Parks. Again all racers completed the course with Jack Van Dorp (Wiarton) coming in first, just as the race volunteers got the finish line banner tied up. The racers were then treated to a tour by boat around the island and then it was back to the shore for awards and more coffee. It should be noted that 13 of the racers actually competed both days!!
The goal of the race was not only to raise money for its beneficiaries Tobermory Primary Place Daycare and The Friends of Bruce District Park. It is also to share the beauty of the Bruce Trail in this area and encourage outdoor sport on the Bruce Peninsula. It is through events like this that PASA is able to support programs like the gear library currently housed at the Outdoor Education Centre that schools can rent winter outdoor gear from.
The race committee hopes to continue with this great event, which would not have been possible without the dedication of the race committee, the hours and hours of volunteer time given and the generosity of the local community. The race committee, Tobermory Primary Place Daycare and the Friends of Bruce District Parks would like to thank all the volunteers, sponsors, land owners, partners and the Peninsula Bruce Trail Club who made this event possible. The race raised over $6,500.00 for Tobermory Primary Place Daycare and over $1,200.00 for the Friends of Bruce District Parks.
Full Results can be found here.
Photo Credit: Jack Salen
While the main events of the Tobermory Trail Race Weekend (TTRW) – the Full, Half and Relay Trail Marathon on Sept 24th and the 5km Flowerpot Island run on Sept 25th are for runners there will be other events that weekend for those less interested in testing their endurance skills against the Bruce Trail.
The weekend will start off on Friday night with a Pasta Dinner at the Tobermory Community Centre from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The dinner is being provided by the Ferndale/Lions Head District Lioness Club and is open to the public so come out and join the 150 racers participating in Saturdays runs who get a meal ticket in their race bag. Tickets will be limited so come early! Race registration will also be taking place on Friday night at the Community Centre and there will be a guest speaker. The Tobermory Primary Place will also be hosting a Silent Auction which will open for biding on Friday at 5:00 pm and items will being closing Saturday evening, starting at 6:00 pm.
At 7 am Saturday morning all of the racers participating in the Full, Half and Relay Trail Marathon will gather at the Community Centre for their race briefing and then they will be piped down to the start line at the Tobermory Cenotaph. The Full and Relay categories will take off from Tobermory down the trail at 730 am and the ½ Marathon runners will be bused to Cyprus Lake Campground in Bruce Peninsula National Park and start north on the trail at 830 am. We welcome anyone wanting to cheer racers on to join us at the start line in Town or as the race mostly follows the Bruce Trail those willing to hike can walk out at Cyprus Lake or Little Cove and cheer racers on as they tackle the trail.
The Finish Line for all of Saturday’s races is at the Bruce Trail Cairn on Bay St. This means Bay St will be closed from the Cenotaph to the intersection with Brock St until between 2-3pm on Saturday Sept 24 th . Runners love to finish with a cheering crowd so to draw attention to that area the Library will be putting on a book sale, so if you have any donations they would love to have them. There will also be a bouncy castle, information booths and you can wet your whistle as you are cheering at the Primary Place Lemonade Stand.
Saturday ends with the Awards Ceremony at 4 pm, a Silent Auction, a Fish Fry 5 pm – 8 pm and Dance 8 pm – 1 am at the Community Centre all of which are open to the public. The Snowmobile Club is providing the Fish Dinner. The Silent Auction and Dance are to support the Tobermory Primary Place Daycare. The Daycare will be looking for items for the Silent Auction, if you have a donation please contact Sarah Peacock at 226 668 7707.
On Sunday morning, anyone who wishes to wake up super-early can come to the Blue Heron dock at 5:45am to wish the Flowerpot Island 5K racers well as they board the boat. The race is not open to spectators due to the limited transport options but the racers would love to be greeted at the dock on return to Tobermory around 9 am.
The goal of this weekend is for racers and their families to enjoy a weekend in Tobermory and support outdoor adventures on the Bruce Peninsula. In return for everyone’s generosity that weekend, they will be assisting the Tobermory Primary Place Daycare with their winter program.
–From OwenSoundSunTimes.com, June 7, 2016, Nathan Buckton–
Photo: Kelsey Dickinson
This September, the Bruce Peninsula will see a brand new sporting event, which promises to bring locals and tourists together by embracing an active lifestyle.
Peninsula Adventure Sports Association (PASA), in partnership with Blue Heron Company and the Tobermory Chamber of Commerce, and in collaboration with Parks Canada, is excited to announce the inaugural Tobermory Trail Race Weekend on September 23-25, 2016.
The festival features a Trail Marathon with both solo and relay categories, taking place on Saturday, September 24th. The trail marathon will stretch from downtown Tobermory to the heart of Bruce Peninsula National Park at Cyprus Lake, and then back again for a downtown finish in front of the Tobermory Brewing Co. There will also be a half-marathon (21km) solo option, which with the rugged terrain of the Bruce as its racecourse will be a considerable achievement for any runner.
There will also be a spectacular trail run Sunday morning: The inaugural Flowerpot Island 5K will include transportation to & from the scenic island in Fathom Five National Marine Park by one of Blue Heron’s tour boats, as well as a sunrise breakfast served by the Friends of Bruce District Parks Association at Flowerpot Island lightstation.
Tara Harpur is the race director for both races.
“As someone who frequently enjoys running this section of the Bruce Trail I am excited to be part of this,” says Harpur. “It offers runners a supported chance to challenge themselves on the Bruce.”
“It is a tough run, more of a scramble at times, but breaking it into 4 legs for relay teams makes it a very achievable goal.”
“I can’t describe how awesome the Flowerpot Island 5K is going to be,” continues Harpur. “An island run with a sunrise breakfast, what could be better?”
This festival will also be a great way to experience all the fun & excitement that Tobermory and the surrounding parks have to offer.
During Friday night’s registration in Tobermory a Pasta Dinner will be served. There will also be a self-guided fun run.
Saturday evening will be a Whitefish Dinner for all Saturday racers at the Tobermory Community Center, followed by an evening of music and dancing. The public can also purchase tickets at the door.
Proceeds from the event support the Tobermory Primary Place daycare. Board Member Tien Angus is volunteering on race weekend.
“The Tobermory Primary Place Daycare is excited to help bring edgy trail runners to the Bruce Peninsula for a challenging race that showcases the raw beauty that Tobermory has to offer,” says Angus. “We look forward to sharing the weekend with our guests in our own little piece of paradise.”
PASA was founded in 2011 and organizes the popular Bruce Peninsula Multisport Race and Groundhog Jog in Wiarton. The non-profit states its mission as “supporting outdoor sport on the Bruce.”
Registration for all races will be capped at numbers that will ensure the event is low-impact to its surrounding environment. Both race events take place in the morning, which should avoid peak tourist crowds in both parks.
Race registration opens Monday April 11 at 7pm at www.runtheedge.ca & those who purchase both the Saturday and Sunday races will receive a discount of $10 on the 2nd purchase. Full details can be found at www.runtheedge.ca.