The first 200-mile (~320K) ultramarathon and relay event in Canada–part of the Sulphur Springs Trail Race–is set to start at 12:00 p.m. EST today.
In addition to the 200-mile solo and relay race, Sulpher Springs also hosts a number of trail races including a 100 miler (161K) and relay; a 100K, 50M (80K), 50K, 25K and 10K. More than a thousand participants are expected across all the races which take place all weekend and conclude on Sunday.
All races start from ‘Base Camp’ located at the Ancaster Community Centre in Ancaster, Ont. Courses run in and around the Dundas Valley Conservation Area with is part of the City of Hamilton. 2017 will be the 25th anniversary of the event which is proudly hosted by the Burlington Runners Club.
To take part in the 200 miler, participants must have run 100 milers in the past three years or one mountain 100 miler– defined as an elevation gain of more than 6,000m. They must also provide a volunteer. After the races begin, there are a number of cut-off times for the ultramarathon events to ensure participants finish in a timely manner.
All races are run on loops of “the basic course,” a 20K loop that has changed in previous years. It is now slightly longer and has slightly more elevation gain but is also more scenic.