Sulphur Springs Trail Run

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Location Ancaster Community Centre


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Discipline Trail Running
Start Date/Time May 27, 2017 @ 8:15 am
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Address Ancaster
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Trish Benoit
May 30th, 2017 5:27 pm

I cannot recommend this race highly enough! I ran the 100 miler this past weekend, and last year ran the 50k race. First of all the course is beautiful, and full of rolling hills that will challenge any runner. Throw in a little mud like this year and it will test your trail running abilities! They recently changed the course which has made it more challenging, but I like the changes!

As for the event itself, it is fortunate to have two of the best race directors around! Despite the 36 degree humid in 2016, it was well planned and all the runners were cared for extremely well. They had freezies at the aid station. When I participated again this year (where multiple days of rain preceded the event) the directors were well prepared and made runners safety their priority. The added some ropes and helped redirect to higher safer ground with caution tape. The conservation authority even came in and re-graded the course after the 200 miler start and before the 100 miler start. This is a team that really cares about the runners and their experience. The aid stations are well stocked with lots of goodies, very cheerful and welcoming volunteers (which is critical at 3am in a 100 mile race). Each finisher in the 100 miler was handed their medal by the race directors, which I loved that personal touch. We also received awesome swag in the race kit, and then MORE swag upon finishing. To top it all off, in honour of the 25th anniversary, they are engraving each of the finisher buckles with the individuals name and finishing time the back. How cool is that? It shows a thoughtfulness that goes above and beyond.

This is definitely an event you want to be a part of. Between the scenic course with rolling hills and the stellar raced directing, there are few that can beat it!

Jeremy Ferguson
May 30th, 2017 4:16 pm

Sulphur Springs 100 Mile Trail Ultra Marathon:

This race was the finest! A well laid out course, with Extremely friendly volunteers.
The race directors Tim & Andrea always had heightened energy for all participants in all of the offered distances.

I HIGHLY recommend signing up to this race next year, to experience it yourself!

Jeremy Ferguson
May 30th, 2017 4:14 pm

Sulphur Springs 100 Mile Trail Ultra Marathon:

This race was the finest! A well laid out course, with Extremely friendly volunteers.
The race directors Tim & Andrea always had heightened energy for all participants in all of the offered distances.

I HIGHLY recommend signing up to this race next year, to experience it yourself!

May 30th, 2017 1:42 pm

One of the best trail races out there, and this year was no exception.

Well organized race, great trails, very challenging (especially this year being so muddy). That hill at the end is a killer.

Highly recommend this race.

Only complaint is the distance. They say it's 10K but each year my GPS reads about 8.5-8.7K.

June 1st, 2016 10:44 pm

I love this race! I did the 50k in '14, the 100 in' 15, and the 50 this year. The volunteers at the aide stations are phenomenal. They move me to tears with their love and assistance of the runners. The nutrition on the course is plentiful and varied. And the terrain of the course gives you a bit of everything! I'd love for them to add a 100k distance, but if they don't, I'm still coming back next year for the 100m.

May 31st, 2016 9:10 pm

As always, an excellent race. Course was excellent, aid stations were absolutely fantastic (never thought I would enjoy salted potatoes that much) and everyone involved was so happy and friendly. It was too bad that there were no photographer this year, but small complaint for an otherwise fantastic race. I will be back next year, and I would highly recommend any trail runner to try this race. You will not regret it.

May 31st, 2016 11:19 am

Tim and Andrea rocked it.

I have no suggestions on changes - The stat/finish area was great, the aid stations were fantastic (very helpful people volunteering to work them - assisting every runner who came through) and every other aspect of the race is top notch.

Will be back next year for sure - my favorite race!

May 30th, 2016 9:09 pm

Showers would be nice. Volunteers were amazing. Race was well prepared for the heat

May 30th, 2016 8:30 pm

My first 50km! Trail marking, aid stations and volunteers were great. Trails were awesome. A changing room and a shower at the finish line would make sulphur springs the perfect race! Except for the was an oven around noon..but I can't blame the organizers for that!
I hope i'll see you next year for the 100 mile

May 30th, 2016 5:08 pm

This year the run was predicted to be placed on a hot day, and boy was that true! Although the course was challenging like always, the crew that organises and runs the race tirelessly was amazing at providing nutrition and hydration for all. Unbelievably, I beat my PB for the 25k time, even in the heat! I believe it is all thanks to the crew for making us comfortable, safe, and fun!

In Motion
May 24th, 2015 10:07 am

Absolutely fantastic race! I ran the 25k distance and it was a real pleasure. The trails are just beautiful and late May is a great time of year to hold this event. The temperature is generally mild and, if the weather is clear, it makes for a great experience!

The course is run mostly on dirt trails under the canopy of trees, so you are almost always in the shade. There are a few sections of gravel and even fewer on paved roads. (No more than 300 metres are run on pavement. It's only a short part of the race where you have to cross a country road before resuming the trails.) The course is well marked with signs. The marshals are great too. They are located throughout the circuit, especially at key locations. So it is nearly impossible to get lost.

There are well-stocked aid stations. They have plenty of drink options (water, soft drinks, energy drinks), fruits (oranges, bananas, apples), cookies, potato chips, gummy bears, etc. They really make a difference in helping you reach the finish line.

The trails themselves are fairly gentle and easy to navigate. There are a few technical sections with roots, rocks, and small streams that you can stride over. And there are quite a few hills! The terrain is undulating throughout, so you need to train accordingly.
Also, the paths do not have kilometer markings. Even though the route is well indicated, I would still recommend studying the maps beforehand so that you have a rough idea of where you will be running and have some idea of how far you are along the race at any given time. This is an off-road trail race after all!

Altogether, this has been a wonderful experience and I would love to run this race again.

Agnes Jung
May 26th, 2014 9:41 am

This race deserves 6 bananas! The course was well marked, plenty of aid stations with a great selection of food, amazing, kind and helpful volunteers! Beautiful course! Easily accessible start/finish area with plenty of parking space. Overall, a really well organized race!!

May 25th, 2014 10:39 am

My 1st time doing this race, and I will definitely be back next year. Eric Cameron, the Burlington Runners club and the excellent volunteers should be commended for the job that they did.

I did the 50km race and to say it was challenging was an understatement. This course truly defined a trail running race. Technical in some areas and lots of hills. However, the course is very scenic, fairly cool in most areas due to the forest cover and overall, the trail is fairly manageable. Even got to see a deer during the race.

Totally advisable to bring a Camelbak or some type of water storage device on this course because you do go approximately 5-6 km between stations. However, I have never seen stations like this before. The volunteers had a huge, and I mean huge assortment of drinks and food laid out for the runners, ranging from sandwiches and hot meal items to cookies and chocolate. Honestly, first time in a race where I wanted to hang out at a station. The volunteers were so great and enthusiastic, made the run so much better.

The finish area was well laid out, and the swag that you get is great. Not only do you get a really nice technical shirt from New Balance, you get your race photos for free. That in itself is worth the price of admission.

The Burlington runners club definitely showed what it takes to coordinate an event of this size, and to give the competitors a reason to come back. Totally impressed with every aspect of this race. Awesome job.

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