Chantal Warriner sets new FKT for Ontario’s Bruce Trail

Chantal Warriner lays claim to the fastest end-to-end run, among women, for the Bruce Trail, a 900K journey through central and southern Ontario

July 21st, 2017 by | Posted in Trail Running | Tags: , ,

There’s a new end-to-end fastest-known time (FKT) for women on the Bruce Trail, a more-than 890K route through central and southern Ontario between Tobermory and Niagara Falls.

Chantal Warriner began the Bruce Trail at Tobermory, Ont. on July 1 at 6:01 a.m. and finished on July 13 at 9:15 p.m. at the south terminus at Queenston Heights Park near Niagara Falls. Her FKT is 12 days, 15 hours and 14 minutes.

“The fastest-known time (FKT) world is growing every year and I’ve been intrigued by the Bruce and a few other trails around the world,” the Barrie, Ont. resident and mother of two says. “Because I’ve spent many hours on there, I wanted to do the one in my backyard first.”

You can see Warriner’s day-to-day mileage on her Strava account.

Like Warriner, the Wild Bruce Chase, the current holders of the women’s relay FKT of the Bruce Trail set a new end-to-end record beginning on Canada Day on the Rideau Trail between Ottawa and Kingston, Ont. Warriner was on the Wild Bruce Chase’s FKT in 2016.

Virginia Gingras held the previous women’s FKT on the Bruce Trail from 2015. She completed the end-to-end journey in 13 days, six hours and 28 minutes and joined Warriner for parts of her recent record attempt. Warriner, a full-time paramedic, says one of the toughest challenges of the end-to-end was getting enough sleep as well as battling pain in her foot, which regularly throbbed in the night. Warriner says she slept in a guest’s home four times throughout the attempt and spent the remaining nights in a renovated van with an inner flatbed near the trail-head.

900km. 12 days 15 hrs 14min New women's Bruce trail FKT Way to go Chantal we are so proud of you! #aspirebrucecelerity

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To fuel the attempt, Warriner said she consumed a wide range of foods: quesadillas, soup, fries, burgers, sandwiches, bagels with peanut butter, to name a few — adding that there was “lots of bacon.” The final tally for distance covered was 906K, which averages out to approximately 74K per day, shy of her initial 80K per day goal.

The longtime trail runner (she won the Fat Dog 70-miler in 2014) says she will race Run Rabbit Run in Steamboat Springs, Colo. on Sept. 8-9.