2017 Event Proceeds: $14,000

The Tobermory Trail Race Committee would like to thank everyone – racers,
volunteers, and sponsors – who helped to make the 2nd annual Tobermory Trail
Race Weekend a smashing success and helped raise money for local causes.

Trail Marathon, Relay & Half photos are here and results are here.
Flowerpot Island 5K photos are here and results are here.

Friday’s Pasta dinner & guest speaker photos are here:

After a delicious pasta dinner, provided by the parents of Primary Place Daycare, 120 racers headed out early Sept 23 to tackle one of the toughest runs in Ontario. The course progressed mostly on the Bruce Trail through Bruce Peninsula National Park between Cyprus Lake and Tobermory.

At 7:00 am, accompanied by Kathryn Hauck on bagpipes, the 28 Marathon and 9 starting Relay racers were escorted to the start line on Bay St.  After cheering them on, the 82 Half Marathon runners loaded onto buses to head to their start line at Cyprus Lake. The rain the previous night combined with the humidity making temperatures reach well over 30 degrees Celcius made for a slippery hot run. Everyone was very careful to run within their abilities & the safety team was called on only a handful of times to coordinate aid for racers.

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The finish line festivities began with a repeat of last year when Spencer Summerfield was the first racer across the line, holding onto his Half Marathon Open Male title. Don Graham, Steven Forrest, Bryan Dubeau & David White, and Joan Matthews also retained their respective titles from 2016 – Half Marathon Masters Male winner, Marathon Masters Male winner, Marathon Relay winners and Marathon Open Female winner.

These are amazing accomplishments but the talk of race day was Benjamin Jagdeo, who is just 12 years old and running with his teachers.  He finished the Half Marathon in 3:49:22, apparently high-fiving fellow runners all the way.

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The amazing weather continued on Sunday morning when, in the still greyness of
dawn, 73 racers were transported by the Blue Heron Company to Flowerpot
Island to compete in the Flowerpot Island 5km race.  Jake Harpur (aka. Jack Van Dorp) retained his title of Flowerpot 5km winner.  Steven Forrest, Mary Thompson and Lisa Wardell were the other category winners.  Of note Steven and Lisa were just two of a group of racers who competed on both Saturday and Sunday!  The dedication of these athletes is extra impressive.

At the finish line of the Flowerpot Island 5K, the much sought-after Friend’s breakfast did not disappoint.  Have a taste for yourself with this Youtube clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYti-_GJpL4

The purpose of these events is to draw tourism in the off season, fundraise for the Primary Place Daycare & the Friends of Bruce District Parks, and share our amazing trails and natural environment.  The event raised over $10,000 for the daycare this year, plus an additional $4,000 for outdoor sport ventures via PASA.  By this bar, we consider this weekend a huge success and look forward to planning next year’s run.

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It’s almost raceday

Weather’s looking warm this weekend.  Keep your fingers crossed for nice conditions for us all.

All the info you need for this weekend, including copies of all 4 newsletters are here:
SATURDAY RACES: tobermorytrail.wordpress.com/marathon/
SUNDAY’S FPI5K:  tobermorytrail.wordpress.com/flowerpot-island-5k

Did you know:

  • This race has 7 different landowners, without whose support we couldn’t deliver such an exciting course.
  • There will be fun activities for your friends and family to discover at the finish line… right on Bay st in front of Tobermory Brewing Co from 10-3pm Saturday.
  • This race is non-profit!  Proceeds benefit Tobermory Primary Place Daycare and local outdoor sport projects via Peninsula Adventure Sports Association.
  • You race entry also gets you an advance purchase opportunity for next year’s race…. helpful considering we sold out the FPI5K in 3 hours.
  • Your race bib will get you a couple of clutch discounts around town.
  • There are 65 volunteers helping out!  This year’s volunteers get access to free first aid training and also get the advance purchase opportunity next year.
  • Tobermory is an absolutely incredible place to visit in the fall!  Laid back & super-scenic.

 

Be a part of the fun

If you weren’t able to get into the race then another option is to volunteer.

We are looking for amazing volunteers for the Tobermory Marathon and Half Marathon Race.  Any volunteers this year will receive a complimentary CPR course prior to the race.  Several dates are available.

Come race weekend, the delicious volunteer sandwiches are generously provided by Leeside’s Restaurant.   All race proceeds go to local causes, including the Tobermory Primary Place Daycare.

To volunteer (the weekend is September 22-23) please email Tien at tien.angus@hotmail.com