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The Limberlost Challenge

07-Jul-2018 Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve, South Limberlost Road, Ontario, Canada

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Trail Race Race Terrain
56KM / 35Miles
1 Day

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

This race takes place in the Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve, near Huntsville, Ontario, Canada.

With a combination of technical sections, flat runs and the odd boardwalk, the course is a challenge. The trail runs alongside lakes, ponds and wetlands, beaver dams, steep inclines, creeks and mud holes. 

There is a campsite close to the start/finish line and a free meal will be provided to all runners on race day.

The race is 95% trail and 5% gravel road and fully marked and there are 5 fully stock aid stations along the loop.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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Right Foot Running

08:11 16-07-16

The Limberlost Challenge 56k in Lake of Bays, Ontario CANADA proved to be an ultra challenge, for sure. On July 9, 2016, participants were up against, not only the beautifully technical terrain, but also the elements. The area received much needed rain, in the form of severe thunder/lightening showers, overnight and into the morning of the race. The course, consisting of 4x14k loops, got more difficult to run, as the muddy areas (80% of the route) got deeper & wider. The climbs became almost not runnable, forcing us to grab a hold of rocks, roots, and small trees, in order to pull ourselves up the slippery slopes. A very scenic course, with a good mix of gravel road, soft single track, technical terrain, board walks, grassed areas, etc. The forest canopy served as great protection from the elements. The volunteers & race director were amazing, which just added to the experience. A definite bucket list ultra for those able to get there.

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LilaLyric

04:09 16-07-16

This was my first trail run after doing many road races. I chose Limberlost because it's local to me. Loved it and will be back. Hooked!!

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UltraInspired

03:15 16-07-16

The Limberlost Challenge is a fantasticly run event! The trail is a 14k loop of mostly single track with rolling hills with absolutely breathtaking views. The trail is technical and requires nimble feet at times as well as some challenging climbs. The best part if this race is easily the people, the volunteers and race staff are incredible and the aid stations provided tons of motivation as well as great food. A great race to run for sure!

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pbfvoo

07:50 16-07-15

The Limberlost Challenge takes place on a wilderness reserve that is quite canopied so that even on the hottest of summer days it doesn't make for unbearable race conditions. The terrain is mixed - from technical single track to boardwalks over lakes and short gravel access roads. But make no mistake - it will demand a lot out of you in terms of nimbleness and climbing strength! Oh, and watch out for mud - especially if there has been any precipitation the week of the event! All in all a fabulously run race, a great sense of community among the runners (particularly if you choose to camp out the night before), and some of the most uplifting aid station volunteers around!

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Lahlaw

03:40 16-07-15

Awesome trail race! Will be back next year!! I love the challenge of this course.

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