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The Eco-Endurance Challenge (E2C) is an exciting and challenging adventure hosted outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, using an event area of more than 100 km2 of forest, bogs, streams and trails. It will challenge your navigational abilities as well as endurance in the backcountry of Eastern Canada.  This fundraising event promises to be equally fun and challenging for the seasoned adventure racer or the first time participant.

Teams of two or more have a fixed time (4, 8 or 24 hours) to visit as many of the 60 checkpoints as possible. The winner of the event is the team that obtains the highest point total within the specified time, or is the fastest to return to the start after visiting all the markers on the course.

All profits from the Eco-Endurance Challenge are used to support the life-saving activities of Halifax Regional Search and Rescue and provide assistance to the Orienteering Association of Nova Scotia.

Are you a Search and Rescue volunteer? Enter the promo code "SARvolunteer" to receive a discount on registration. We may contact you to verify which SAR team you volunteer with.

Are you a youth participant? Youth (18 and under) receive 50% off the entry fees!

Registration fees

4hr Recreational Closed

The 4hr event is Recreational only (use of GPS permitted). This sub-event is geared towards people who want to try orienteering for the first time or are competing with younger family members. **Please note that 4hr participants will register at the race site itself rather than at the Goffs Fire Hall. The start/finish location will be sent to 4hr participants before the event weekend.**

8hr Emergency Responders & SAR Closed

In the Emergency Responders & SAR sub-category, 50% of the team must be Emergency Responders or SAR volunteers/personnel.

8hr Public Competitive Closed

Public Competitive teams in the 8hr race are playing for prizes! The top team in this category will win $250; the second team will win $150 and the third team $80. Plus bragging rights...

8hr Armed Forces Closed

In this sub-category, at least 50% of the team should be Armed Forces members (regular or reserve)

8hr Recreational Closed

In the Recreational category, use of GPS is permitted. As with all events, there must be a minimum of two people on a team.

24hr Emergency Responders & SAR Closed

In this sub-category, at least 50% of team members should be Emergency Responders or SAR personnel/volunteers.

24hr Public Competitive Closed

Teams in this sub-event are competing for prizes! The top 24hr PC team will win $1,000 and their name will be engraved on the race trophy. The team finishing in second place will be awarded $500 and the third placed team will win $250.

24hr Armed Forces Closed

Teams in this sub-category must be made up of at least 50% Armed Forces members (regular or reserve). The winning team will also have their names engraved on the Canadian Forces Challenge Trophy, which will be displayed at their home unit.

24hr Recreational Closed

Teams in this sub-event may use GPS if they wish.

Event Info

Challenge I – Emergency Responders & SAR – 8 or 24 hour events
Challenge II – Public Competitive – 8 or 24 hour events
Challenge III – Recreational – 4, 8 or 24 hour events
Challenge IV – Armed Forces – 8 or 24 hour events

Please note that all 4hr event registrations are Recreational.

ENTRY OPTIONS: 

Registration Fee:  $40 per person CAD (4hr event) / $60 per person CAD (8hr event) / $80 per Person CAD (24hr event)

Search and Rescue Training Discount: $20 per person (enter promo code "SARvolunteer" at the bottom of the registration page)

Youth entry (age 18 or under) – 50% off the adult ticket price. Please note that there must be at least one adult (over 18) on a team.

Join the challenge and live the adventure!

Event Schedule

  • May 5 6:00 AM ADT - Registration begins (8hr participants have priority).

  • May 5 7:00 AM ADT - 8 hour participants begin to depart registration hall for start/finish

  • May 5 7:30 AM ADT - Mandatory equipment check at start/finish opens (8hr race only)

  • May 5 9:00 AM ADT - 24 hour participants begin to depart registration hall for start/finish

  • May 5 9:45 AM ADT - Mandatory pre-challenge briefing & distribution of punch cards (8hr race only)

  • May 5 10:00 AM ADT - Start of 8-hour event

  • May 5 10:05 AM ADT - Mandatory equipment check at start/finish begins for 4hr and 24hr races

  • May 5 11:45 AM ADT - Mandatory pre-challenge briefing & distribution of punch cards (24hr race)

  • May 5 12:00 PM ADT - Start of 24-hour event

  • May 5 12:05 PM ADT - On-site registration and equipment check for 4hr participants

  • May 5 1:45 PM ADT - Mandatory pre-challenge briefing & distribution of punch cards (4hr race)

  • May 5 2:00 PM ADT - Start of 4hr event

  • May 5 6:00 PM ADT - Official end of 4hr and 8hr events; post-race dinner and awards

  • May 6 12:00 PM ADT - Official end of 24hr event – post-race dinner and awards

Contact Information

Event Location

Goffs Fire Hall, 2040 Old Guysborough Rd (registration for 8/24hr teams - 4hr teams go to race site)

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