Cabot Trail Relay Race
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DateMay
LocationCabot Trail, starting and ending in Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Event typeRoad Relay
Distance276.33 km (171.70 mi)
Established1988
Course records16:10:24 - Team: Halifax Road Hammers - Men (2019)
Official sitehttp://cabottrailrelay.com

The Cabot Trail Relay Race is an annual 276.33 km (171.70 mi) relay race around Cape Breton's Cabot Trail.[1] The race takes place over 24 hours in 17 stages and features up to 70 teams and 1,200 runners.[2][3] The race begins and ends in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.[4] The annual event began in 1988, when just 6 teams participated.[5] Since its founding, over 27,000 runners have participated in the event. [6]

Format

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.[7] 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.[8] Leg 9 of the race, which runs over North Mountain, is generally considered the most difficult leg of the race.[9][10]

Race Map

Full Race Map

Runners at the Cabot Trail Relay Race, in costume.
Runners at the Cabot Trail Relay Race, in costume.

Entry lottery

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.[11]

A runner approaches the finish line of the final leg.
A runner approaches the finish line of the final leg.

Requirements

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.[12] 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.[13]

Course records

Male

Team Time Distance (Km)[N 1] Year Pace (Min/Km)[N 1]
Halifax Road Hammers - Men 16:10:24 276.33 2019 3:29

[14]

Female

Team Time Distance (Km)[N 1] Year Pace (Min/Km)[N 1]
The Angels 19:22:57 276.33 2015 4.12

[15]

Mixed

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

Male

The top male record holder is Dan Vassallo who holds five leg records. Burtham's leg 9 record, set in 2000, is the longest standing record at the Cabot Trail Relay Race.

Leg Difficulty[8] Runner Time Distance (Km)[N 1] Year Pace (Min/Km)[N 1]
1 3.5 Matt McNeil 53:58 17.00 2019[17] 3:11
2 3.5 Robert Gomez 57:12 17.92 2014[18] 3:12
3 2 Matt McNeil 43:13 13.46 2018[19] 3:13
4 5 Dan Vassallo 1:06:36 20.01 2014[20] 3:20
5 3.5 Dan Vassallo 55:54 17.50 2015[21] 3:12
6 4.5 Clayton Conrad 57:38 17.50 2011[22] 3:18
7 3 Jesse Orach 44:02 13.10 2018[23] 3:22
8 2.5 Judson Cake 40:00 12.36 2012[24] 3:17
9 5 Frasier Burtham 1:01:51 17.84 2000[25] 3:28
10 5 Ken Akiha 54:02 14.70 2016[26] 3:41
11 3.5 Erik McCarthy 43:48 14.00 2017[27] 3:08
12 3 Spencer McElwain 51:09 15.78 2012[28] 3:15
13 3 Robert Gomez 53:22 15.88 2016[29] 3:22
14 4 Dan Vassallo 1:02:17 19.81 2018[30] 3:09
15 2 Erik McCarthy 50:05 15.42 2018[31] 3:15
16 2 Dan Vassallo 48:11 15.35 2017[32] 3:14
17 4.5 Dan Vassallo 1:00:44 18.7[N 2] 2015[33] 3:15
Total 276.27

Female

The majority of the female records are held by two women. The title of top female record holder is shared by both Sheri Piers (who also has the fastest time run on the longer course used for leg 17 in 2012 and 2013) and her training partner Kristin Barry,[34] with each holding five leg records.

Leg Difficulty[8] 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 Kristin Barry 51:09 13.5 2014 3:48
8 2.5 Dana Ferguson 48:19 12.36 2014 3:54
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 Denise Robson 54:14 14.0 2018 3:53
12 3 Erin MacLean 57:41 15.78 2016 3:39
13 3 Faith Nesdoly 1:02:27 18.18 2001 3:26
14 4 Denise Robson 1:16:59 19.81 2007 3:53
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.
Sheri Piers of the Maine Road Hags approaches the finish line on the final leg of the Cabot Trail Relay Race.

References

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.
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