Cabot Trail Relay Race

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Cabot Trail Relay Race
Cabot Trail Relay Race logo.png
Cabot Trail Relay Race Logo
Date May
Location Cabot Trail, starting and ending in Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Event type Road Relay
Distance 276.33 km (171.70 mi)
Established 1988
Course records 16:16:45 - Team: Dennis Fairalls Grey Hair (2010)[1][2]
Official site http://cabottrailrelay.com

The Cabot Trail Relay Race is an annual 276.33 Km (171.70 mi) relay race around Cape Breton's Cabot Trail.[3] The race takes place over 24 hours in 17 stages and features up to 70 teams and 1,200 runners.[4][5] The race begins and ends in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.[6] The annual event began in 1988, when just 6 teams participated.[7]

Format[edit]

The race takes place over approximately 24 hours, beginning on a Saturday morning and continuing to Sunday morning. The race is divided into 17 stages which are unequal both in distance and difficulty. Typically each leg is run by a different runner, but runners can run multiple legs. In 2010 ultramarathoner Mark Campbell attempted to run the entire relay solo, but fell ill and could not complete it.[8] The race begins at the Gaelic College monument outside of Baddeck and completes the Cabot Trail in a counter-clockwise direction, ending in front of the Baddeck Court House. Although some sections of the race are relatively flat, others ascend mountains including Cape Smokey, North Mountain, and MacKenzie Mountain—climbing as high as 460 meters.[9] Leg 9 of the race, which runs over North Mountain, is generally considered the most difficult leg of the race.[10][11]

Runners at the Cabot Trail Relay Race, in costume.

Entry lottery[edit]

The race is limited to just 70 teams. 45 teams are drawn from a hat of registered entrants. Another 25 teams are selected by members of the tech crew and organizing committee. The remaining teams are placed on a wait list. A list of accepted teams is posted in January of the year of the race.[12]

A runner approaches the finish line of the final leg.

Requirements[edit]

Runners must be 18 years of age to participate in the race. Additionally, runners must be able to run a minimum pace of 9:30 per mile.[13] Runners are expected to finish each leg within the time allotted by this pace. Runners who fail to finish a leg within the allotted time are assigned the time of the slowest runner to complete the leg, plus 5 minutes.[14]

Course records[edit]

Male[edit]

Team Time Distance (Km)[N 1] Year Pace (Min/Km)[N 1]
Dennis Fairalls Grey Hair 16:16:45 276.33 2010 3:32

[1][15]

Female[edit]

Team Time Distance (Km)[N 1] Year Pace (Min/Km)[N 1]
Maine Road Hags 20:03:06 276.33 2010 4:21

[15]

Mixed[edit]

Team Time Distance (Km)[N 1] Year Pace (Min/Km)[N 1]
Cardio Arrest 19:14:39 276.33 2013 4:11

[15][16]

Leg records[edit]

Male[edit]

The top male record-holders are Randy Bullerwell and Judson Cake who each hold three records. Bullwerwell's leg 15 record, set in 1992, is the longest standing record at the Cabot Trail Relay Race.

Leg Difficulty[9] Runner Time Distance (Km)[N 1] Year Pace (Min/Km)[N 1]
1 3.5 Judson Cake 55:13 17 2012[17] 3:15
2 3.5 Drew MacAulay 57:21 17.92 2009[18] 3:12
3 2 Gilles Gautreau 41:17 13.46 1993[19] 3:04
4 5 Randy Bullerwell 1:09:47 20.01 1994[20] 3:29
5 3.5 Judson Cake 57:04 17.5 2011[21] 3:16
6 4.5 Clayton Conrad 57:38 17.5 2011[22] 3:18
7 3 Stanley Chiasson 44:41 13.5 2009[23] 3:19
8 2.5 Judson Cake 40:00 12.2 2012[24] 3:17
9 5 Frasier Burtham 1:01:51 17.84 2000[25] 3:28
10 5 Brent Addison 54:47 14.7 2012[26] 3:44
11 3.5 Trevor Boudreau 47:54 14.7 1999[27] 3:16
12 3 Spencer McElwain 51:09 15.78 2012[28] 3:14
13 3 Randy Bullerwell 53:49 18.18 1995[29] 2:58
14 4 Evan Graves 1:05:06 19.81 2007[30] 3:17
15 2 Randy Bullerwell 51:02 15.42 1992[31] 3:19
16 2 Josh Zola 49:33 15.35 2011[32] 3:14
17 4.5 Drew MacAulay 1:02:14 18.7[N 2] 2009[33] 3:17

Female[edit]

The majority of the female records are held by two women. The top female record holder is Sheri Piers who holds records in 6 of the legs. Additionally, Piers has the fastest time run on the longer course used for leg 17 in 2012 and 2013. Her training partner Kristin Barry[34] holds 5 female records.

Leg Difficulty[9] Runner Time Distance (Km)[N 1] Year Pace (Min/Km)[N 1]
1 3.5 Kristin Barry 1:03:09 17 2010 3:43
2 3.5 Kristin Barry 1:06:23 17.92 2008 3:42
3 2 Sheri Piers 47:47 13.46 2012 3:33
4 5 Sheri Piers 1:17:43 20.01 2008 3:53
5 3.5 Sheri Piers 1:04:29 17.5 2013 3:42[35]
6 4.5 Sheri Piers 1:03:59 17.5 2009 3:39
7 3 Kelly Knowles 52:06 13.5 1999 3:52
8 2.5 Janine MacLeod 49:12 12.2 2004 4:02
9 5 Sheri Piers 1:13:29 17.84 2010 4:07
10 5 Caroline Schlosser 1:03:54 14.7 2010 4:21
11 3.5 Laura McIntyre 54:49 14.7 2008 3:43
12 3 Kristin Barry 58:26 15.78 2012 3:42
13 3 Faith Nesdoly 1:02:27 18.18 2001 3:26
14 4 Sheri Piers 1:20:45 19.81 2007 4:05
15 2 Kristin Barry 58:46 15.42 2010 3:49
16 2 Kristin Barry 55:25 15.35 2008 3:37
17 4.5 Gina Stewart 1:16:38 18.7[N 3] 2010 4:06[37]

[15]

Sheri Piers of the Maine Road Hags approaches the finish line on the final leg of the Cabot Trail Relay Race.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Courses are not certified and distances (and therefore paces) are only estimates.
  2. ^ A longer 19.3 Km course was used in 2012 and 2013 due to a bridge closure. Adam Goode holds the male record on the alternate course, completing it in a time of 1:06:51 in 2012.[33]
  3. ^ A longer 19.3 Km course was used in 2012 and 2013 due to a bridge closure. Sheri Piers holds the female record on the alternate course, completing it in a time of 1:17:43 in 2013.[36] Her 4:03 minute/Km pace is the fastest pace run by a female on leg 17.
Citations
  1. ^ a b "2010 results for Cabot Trail Relay (General event)". Atlanticchip.ca. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  2. ^ Greg MacVicar Published on May 30, 2010 (2010-05-30). "Ontario entry defends Cabot Trail Relay title in record fashion - Sports". Cape Breton Post. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Cabot Trail Relay Race - Things to Do - Cape Breton Island - Trip Planner". Cape Breton Island. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  4. ^ http://www.novascotia.com/en/home/thingstoseeanddo/listingdetails.aspx/cabot-trail-relay-race/-21700
  5. ^ "Cabot Trail Relay Race underway - Local". Cape Breton Post. 2011-05-28. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  6. ^ "Cabot Trail Relay Race". Cabottrailrelay.com. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  7. ^ "About | Cabot Trail Relay Race". Cabottrailrelay.com. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  8. ^ "Ultramarathoner sidelined on Cabot Trail". CBC. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c "Leg Descriptions". Cabot Trail Relay Website. Cabot Trail Relay. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Trail Blazers". Cape Breton Post. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "1,200 runners headed for Cabot Trail Relay". The Chronicle Herald. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Registration". Cabot Trail Relay Website. Cabot Trail Relay. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "About". Cabot Trail Relay Website. Cabot Trail Relay. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "CTRR Rules". Cabot Trail Relay Website. Cabot Trail Relay. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  15. ^ a b c d Cabot Trail Relay Race Program. Baddeck: Cabot Trail Relay Association. 2013. 
  16. ^ http://www.atlanticchip.ca/events/results-show.php?result=1803
  17. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (General event)". Atlanticchip.ca. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  18. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 2)". Atlanticchip.ca. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  19. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 3)". Atlanticchip.ca. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  20. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 4)". Atlanticchip.ca. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  21. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 5)". Atlanticchip.ca. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  22. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 6)". Atlanticchip.ca. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  23. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 7)". Atlanticchip.ca. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  24. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 8)". Atlanticchip.ca. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  25. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 9)". Atlanticchip.ca. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  26. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 10)". Atlanticchip.ca. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  27. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 11)". Atlanticchip.ca. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  28. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 12)". Atlanticchip.ca. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  29. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 13)". Atlanticchip.ca. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  30. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 14)". Atlanticchip.ca. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  31. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 15)". Atlanticchip.ca. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  32. ^ "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 16)". Atlanticchip.ca. 2012-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  33. ^ a b "2012 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 17)". Atlanticchip.ca. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  34. ^ "Top American Sheri Piers Defies Age - Competitor.com". Running.competitor.com. 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  35. ^ "2013 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 5)". Atlanticchip.ca. 2013-05-26. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  36. ^ "2013 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 17)". Atlanticchip.ca. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  37. ^ "2010 results for Cabot Trail Relay (Leg 17)". Atlanticchip.ca. 2010-05-30. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 

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