The Wild Bruce Chase, a team of 18 women, set the fastest known time, unofficially, on Ontario’s Bruce Trail on Friday capping off a four-day relay run. They completed the continuous, end-to-end run in four days, one hour and 39 minutes to break the previous fastest known time by an all-women’s team by more than 24 hours.

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The Bruce Trail is one of the most popular trails in Ontario and runs between Tobermory and Niagara Falls spanning more than 900 kilometres. The previous best for an all-women’s team was five days, 17 hours and 56 minutes before the Wild Bruce Chase’s successful run.

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The end-to-end record attempt began on Canada Day and finished on July 5. The team of 18 began their run at the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula and made their way south to Niagara. According to one of the runners, the team completed 901.5 kilometres.

The Wild Bruce Chase received help from male volunteers to help pace runners during the night legs for safety purposes. It’s believed to be only the second time an all-women’s relay team has completed the Bruce Trail continuously.

Team members ran different distances, typically between seven and 25 kilometres at a time, and were assigned to portions that they were most comfortable with. Sections of the Bruce Trail are quite technical and some of the women were more comfortable with night running than others.

After the four-day run, the team enjoyed some well deserved recovery beverages and are sure to be back on the trails soon.

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