The 32nd Cabot Trail Relay gets underway Saturday morning in Baddeck, on Cape Breton, NS, and the area has had some unseasonably wintry weather. Runners are being advised to dig their cold-weather gear and micro crampons out of the closet just in case, since although the forecast is not bad, it still gets chilly at night, there is a frost advisory, and flurries remain a definite possibility.

Seventy teams will be competing in the 17-stage, 24-hour race this year. Most are from the Maritimes, Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario and Maine, but there is also a team from Alberta this year. Last year’s winning time was 16:25:16 for the men and 21:01:18 for the ladies. The course record is 16:11:38, set by the Maine-iacs in 2016.

Given the crazy weather forecast, we’re likely to see some upsets. Canadians will be rooting for the defending champions, the Halifax Road Hammers, whose men’s team beat out the Maine-iacs last year, the first time in eight years the team from south of the border did not win. (The Road Hammers ladies’ team was also victorious in 2018.)

Here is the complete team list for 2019:

TEAM LOCATION
1 HALIFAX ROAD HAMMERS – WOMEN  NS
2 MAINE ROAD HAGS  ME
3 TRS RACING  ON
4 HALIFAX ROAD HAMMERS – MEN  NS
5 EASTERN Z DESCENDANTS  NS
6 BACK2SQUARE1  ON
7 BLACK LUNGS  ON
8 BLOWING KISSES  NS
9 BOONDOCK HARRIERS  NS
10 BRUCE TRAIL MIX  ON
11 CABOT TRAILER PARTY  NS
12 CAPE BRETON ROAD RUNNERS  NS
13 IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA IN DECEMBER  PEI
14 RAGING BULLS  NB
15 MAINE-IACS  ME
16 COASTBUSTERS  ON
17 CUMBERLAND CRUSADERS  NS
18 LABRADORABLE  NL
19 FAST WOMEN HAPPY MEN  NS
20 FEMME FATALES  NB
21 FREDERICTON TRAILMASTERS  NB
22 FUNDULATORS  QC
23 GLORY DAMES  ON
24 GOT THE RUNS  NS
25 GREAT CANADIAN HONKING GOOSE  NS
26 GREATER MONCTON RUNNING CLUB  NB
27 CAPE BRETON EAGLES  NS
28 CAN’T TOUCH THIS  NS
29 HANGING WITH MY GNOMIES  NS
30 HERD OF CATS  NS
31 HIGHLAND HOPEFULS  NS
32 12 WING SHEARWATER  NS
33 OAR THE MOUNTAIN  NS
34 LONGBOAT ROADRUNNERS  ON
35 MAINE RHINO REDUX  ME
36 16 CAPERS AND HAZEL  NS
37 ACADIANS  NS
38 MIRAMICHI LUCKY CHARMS  NB
39 MOUNTAIN VIEW RUNNERS  NB
40 NEEDS MORE COWBELL  NS
41 NO PAIN NO GAIN  NS
42 NORTH END RUNNERS  NS
43 NOT FAST BUT KINDA FURIOUS  NS
44 ALVA ROAD RUNNERS  NS
45 OVER THE HILL GANG  NS
46 WE’RE A PEPSI FAMILY  NS
47 PINK PANTERS  NS
48 PURPLE REIGN  ON
49 PATTERSON VS CABOT  NS
50 RED SOLES  PEI
51 RESEARCHERS ON THE RUN  ON
52 ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS  NS
53 RUNNING FOR LOBSTER  ON
54 SALT MARSH TRAIL RUNNING CLUB  NS
55 SEVENTEEN RUNNERS  ON
56 SIXERS  ON
57 SMOKEY MOUNTAIN DAREDEVILS  NS
58 SQUID JOGGERS  NL
59 SUCKERS FOR PUNISHMENT  AB
60 TEAM 71  NB
61 TEAM PEI  PEI
62 THE B TEAM  NS
63 THE INTENSE MARGAREE SALMONIDS  NS
64 TORONTO HARRIERS  ON
65 TOTALLY 80’S  NS
66 TOUCH NOT THE CAT  NS
67 CAPE BRETON FIDDLER RUNNERS  NS
68 50 SHADES OF TARTAN  NS
69 WE’VE GOT A RUNNER  NS
70 WHERE’S MY BIKE  NS

 

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The daytime high in Baddeck is expected to be 15 C on Saturday and 13 C with showers on Sunday. Winds are out of the northwest at 19 kph, gusting to 30 kph.

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