New team relay trail running event set to launch

Trail Fix features a 110-km mixed course in the hills of Caledon, Ontario

There are team relay events in Ontario, but this province may never have seen anything quite like Trail Fix. The new competition from the team behind Storm the Trent is launching the inaugural event on Sept. 7 in Caledon, Ont., and according to Sean Roper, founder of Storm Racing, it owes its inspiration to one of the country’s most infamous runs, the Canadian Death Race — a legendary 125-km romp through the Canadian Rockies.

“Being trail runners ourselves, we decided to try and create something that allowed for that same sense of accomplishment that comes with covering big distances from point A to point B, but more so on trail than on road,” says Roper. “Events like Alberta’s Canadian Death Race have been doing this for years with great success, and it’s been our dream for some time to bring this concept to Ontario.”

Trail Fix is a 110km point-to-point trail run relay for teams of four, featuring 10 distinct stages designed to suit a wide range of runner types. Unlike many other relay events, the vast majority, some 90 percent, of the course is on the trail and off the roads. Teams are free to divvy up the route however the please but can expect an average breakdown of anywhere from 22 to 33 kilometres per runner.  

“The unique feature of Trail Fix is the incredible diversity of trail and terrain elements between the race stages, which allows teams to split up the legs based on each members' individual strengths and skill levels,” says Roper. “Whether it be escarpment ridge running, wide open meadows, countryside rail trail, technical rock-hopping or smooth rolling singletrack, this course has a little something for everyone!”

According to Roper, the team has been scouting and testing the course for the better part of a year, and lucky for Toronto area residents the Caledon location is just an hour outside of town. The course includes some of the most diverse trail running terrain in Southern Ontario.

“Our finish site at Albion Hills Conservation Area is also host to North America’s largest mountain bike relay, and features over 200 campsites throughout the park,” says Roper. “Proximity; amenities; awesome trails – check, check and check!”

For those concerned with post-race festivities, rest assured, Trail Fix has that too, with a BBQ and a beer garden at the ready.

“Albion Hills features lots of open grassy space for setting up comfy team transition sites, and with the final three stages all culminating at the main transition, it will be a fantastic spot to hang out and swap race stories,” he says.

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