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Summit 700 trail running event offers epic trails and a resort atmosphere

Race weekend is scheduled for Sept. 25 and 26

The Summit 700 trail running event is an epic one-of-a-kind race up, down, and along the gorgeous Niagara Escarpment at the Blue Mountain resort in Ontario. And it’s back for the first time since the pandemic and slated for Sept. 25 and 26.

The Summit 700 is a 5K, 10K, or 21K on some of the finest trails one could find with 700 feet of ascents on the escarpment, rock hopping, creek crossing, and sublime forest running. And it’s conveniently located at the resort overflowing with amenities for post-race fun including restaurants and plenty of outdoor patios and an array of accommodations if participants want to make a weekend of it.

“Our venue is probably the most unique thing being at Blue Mountain because it's such a cool atmosphere in the village and the hill,” says Bob Miller, Summit 700’s race director. “It’s a really fun atmosphere, but then we're also on the Niagara Escarpment with those stunning views over Georgian Bay. Every time I'm up there looking out over the bay, it's like, geez, you don't get views like this almost anywhere in the world with this big escarpment over the big body of water.”

Miller is stoked to have the event back and got a taste of the excitement last weekend at a smaller event.

“Racers were super pumped to be back and all the organizers were super excited to be hosting them again,” he says. “It's almost surreal that we can finally do it again after all the uncertainty.”

There will be some changes. Everything happens outside under tents, staggered starts at Blue’s south base lodge, masking rules, and things like that. But it’s outdoors, it’s with the trail running community, and it’s all good on the stunning trails the resort has developed over the years.

“Blue has invested quite a bit in their trail network over the last like 10 years, and they’re really good,” Miller says. “There's like cool steps, you know, made out of rocks and stuff like that.”

The race has been growing in popularity quite rapidly since it began a few years back taking over from the North Face Endurance Challenge and has found a perfect niche in the local trail running scene. Summit 700 draws many participants from the surrounding area around Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, and Owen Sound as well as the majority who head up from the Greater Toronto Area on race day or for the weekend.

The race is capped at 750 participants this season due to COVID-19 regulations, and it is already on its way to selling out so do not delay.

For more information on the race or to register head to the Summit 700 website. See you out there.

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