Race profile: Head to the Bay of Fundy for Race the Cape

Stunning wilderness setting should make for memorable event

Race the Cape is an East Coast gem, formerly under the 5 Peaks banner, is under new management as Eric D’Arcy and the Crazy Cat Adventures team moves in to carry on the Race the Cape tradition. The event, scheduled for Oct. 12, features a beautiful course along the Bay of Fundy with plenty of technical and climbing to satisfy most trail runners.

Cape Chignecto is perched atop towering sea cliffs rising above the Bay of Fundy, home to the highest tides anywhere. The wilderness park features 29 km of coastline, deep valleys, sheltered coves, rare plants and remnant old-growth forests. It would be hard to find a more dramatic and beautiful setting for a race.

“The race offers a full loop (48K) of Cape Chigneto in Nova Scotia with many incredible views and beautiful scenery,” says D’Arcy. “And there is a multitude of terrain types with predominantly single track running with more than 2,500 metres of elevation for the 48K and 1,200 metres for the 24K”

The 12K, 24K and 48K routes out of Millbrook Canyon include an 800-metre climb at an average of 16 to 20 per cent grade. The loop may also include water crossings depending on the weather leading up to race day.

“Some say it’s easier to crawl up then walk,” says D’Arcy.

D’Arcy decided to take over the race because of the sheer beauty of the park, but also the people of the Maritimes.

“They are just so kind and giving,” he says.

D’Arcy is capping the race at 100 participants this year and says there are some camping spots available with Airbnb in the area and out in Parrsboro, the nearest city, which is about 45 minutes from the park. There are three fully stocked aid stations along the route.

“There seems to be a mixture of both locals and travellers from across Canada and from the States,” says D’Arcy.

With a stunning location and solid people behind the event and participating in it, Race the Cape is shaping up to be a top destination race this season. 

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