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At first light on Wednesday June 17th on the edge of the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Niagara Escarpment in Tobermory Ontario Canada, two adventure science athletes will begin what will be an incredible test of endurance and perseverance.

Twenty of Canada’s top adventure athletes on two 10-person coed teams will run non-stop along the entire 894 km length of Canada's oldest and longest footpath in 4 days, finishing in Niagara Falls. The athletes will be challenged by rugged terrain, unpredictable weather, darkness, and ultimately their own bodies as they subject themselves to the task of helping their team win, and set an end-end trail record in the process. The race consists of 45 running legs with an average length of 19.8 km (shortest is 7 km and the longest 26.6 km) and travels through Tobermory, Lion’s Head, Wiarton, Owen Sound, Blantyre, Blue Mountain, Milton, Hamilton, St. Catharines, and Niagara Falls as it winds its way to the trail head in Queenston Heights.

The goal of the run is to spread the message of science, conservation, and active living to youth and the general population. Specifically, we are racing to:

  1. Win this challenge
  2. To learn more about the science and motivation of adventure athletes
  3. To inspire adventure and science for the 10 million people who live near the Niagara Escarpment
  4. To challenge young people to get stronger and healthier by being active in natural world
  5. To talk about the science and the adventure stories that surround this incredible World Biosphere Reserve.

The race will also serve as a scientific laboratory, as internationally renowned MD/PhD Mark Tarnopolsky of McMaster University will be leading a nutrition and human performance study on the 20-elite athletes hand picked to race this event. Results of this study will teach us more about how the human body responds to physical challenges, and the motivation and nutrition required to keep athletes performing.


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