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Stage 1 – Half-marathon
Conestogo – 1st Sunday 8:00 am
This half-marathon consists of paved roads and paved scenic nature trails along the Conestogo River. Starting and finishing at the Community Park in beautiful Conestogo, this course is characterized by rolling hills and also crosses two bridges. The nature trail winds and loops through pockets of woods and around the picturesque Grey Silo golf course. The 21.1 km course is two loops: the first loop being approximately 13 km and the second loop being approximately 8 km. This certified course is in north east Waterloo and passes through the village of Conestogo.
Stage 2 – 15 km Time Trial
Moyer Landing, 780 Fountain Street South, Cambridge, ON – Monday 8:00 am
The course is an out-and-back time trial on the Grand Trunk section of the Grand River Trail, 60% of which is on gravel/crushed gravel, and 40% of which is on pavement. Runners start at separate and consistent intervals, in reverse order of current standings.
Stage 3 – 30 km Trail Run
Bechtel Park, Waterloo – Tuesday 8:00 am
This multi-loop 30 km cross-country course is run mostly on grass and wood chip paths, mostly through forest trails. The run starts with a flat loop around Bechtel Park’s sports fields for about 1 km then joins a grassy trails with several ravines for another kilometre. The rest of the 5 km course enters a shady forest trail network that follows a local tributary to the Grand River. The trail is well maintained wood chips that has numerous small “ups-and-downs” hills. The trail emerges about 200m from the start-finish line.
Stage 4 – 10 mile [16 km] Hill Run
Heidelberg – Wednesday 6:00 pm
The first of two hill runs, this course is for the fast, strong runner. This 10 miler is on paved and packed gravel roads and is characterized as demanding and hilly. The start and finish are both up hill, mainly along Wilmont Line west of Waterloo. The gathering point is at Camp Heidelberg at 6pm – the only stage to start at the end of the day. After the short hill start, runners run through a low forested region then join Wilmont Line. There are a series of large hills to slow you up, but the descents are long and fast. Approximately half way out the course doubles back straight towards the finish. The rapid succession of hills during the last third of the course draws on all the strengths of the runner. The final 300m finish usually sees the competitors battle to the finish line and a well deserved leg massage!
This race is the first “Mountain” run where the winner of these stages is crowned “King of the Mountain”.
Competitors now are treated to a mandatory rest day before they conquer the next “mountain” run.
Stage 5 – 25.6 km Alpine Run
Chicopee, Kitchener – Friday 8:00 am
This demanding and hilly 25.6 km cross-country course is run through the Chicopee Ski Resort and boasts incredible alpine scenery. This multi-loop course includes many extended hill climbs. With over 700m of cumulative elevation climbs, this course will require a strong hill runner. Running the down hills requires balance and sure footing. One third of the course is a relatively flat narrow trail run that joins an uphill access road at the back of the hill. The last section of the accent is a zigzag narrow trail to the peak. There the competitors are treated to a spectacular view to the east. Then straight down the full length of the slope to the aid station and immediately straight up an equally long steep hill. The loop finishes with another decent and partial accent before the competitor completes the loop.
Stage 6 – 10 km Time Trial
St David’s High School, Waterloo – Saturday 7:00 am
This is a 10,000m track race (25 laps of a 400m rubberized track).
Based on the cumulative standings after Stage 5, the field (Ultimate + Relay) will be divided into thirds, with the fastest heat starting at 7:00am*, the next heat starting at ~ 7:50am, and the final heat at ~ 8:50am (subject to change based on final runner). Heats will be approximately 25 runners.
There is one water station on the course at 200m (inside and outside lanes). There is one portable toilet at the 200m.
There will be a clock at the start/400m line. The heat leader’s laps will be counted on a flip chart at the start/400m line. Runners should keep track of how many times they have been lapped so that they can easily calculate their own lap.
Stage 7 – Marathon
Conestogo – 2nd Sunday 7:30 am
This certified Boston qualifier marathon consists of paved roads, paved bicycle paths, and sidewalks. Starting and finishing at the Community Park in beautiful Conestogo just as the half marathon, this two-loop course is characterized by many flat sections and low rolling hills. The marathon follows only a short section of the first stage’s half marathon.
You’ve strove to this finish line, fought each stage with the determination to succeed. Breaking the tape at the end of this final Stage, you have become the Ultimate Runner! A celebration of excellence – a runner’s dream realized.