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Hopewell Rocks Multi-terrain 8k Race 2018
Hopewell Rocks - Hopewell Cape - Sunday 20 May - 11.00am

We have closed Online registration for the race as we have reached our limit of 200 medals. We will accept new registrations tomorrow morning but please be advised that you may not receive a medal - than you to everyone who has registered.

We are excited to be back for year 4 of our Hopewell Rocks Multi-terrain 8k. In the last 3 years we have had so many people visit Hopewell for the first time because of the race and they love the park. Our race is entirely within the park boundaries and will feature a variety of surfaces including asphalt, gravel trails, grass, beach and stairs - and there will be beer at the end.

Hopewell Rocks is one of the leading Tourism destinations in Canada and located in the Bay of Fundy, home of the Highest Tides in the World so what better way to celebrate one of our wonderful tourism venues than by having a running race on the ocean floor at Low Tide.

As usual we will have our top quality finishers medals to the first 200 registrations.

FREE PUMPHOUSE BEER TO ALL ADULT FINISHERS - we are thrilled that Pumphouse Bewery will be our main race sponsor again in 2018, Pumphouse have been supplying our athletes at Hopewell with a complimentary beer after the race each year and we are excited to continue with them through 2018. (excludes virtual runners).

Due to tide times race start will be at 11.00am on Sunday 20 May and your race registration fee includes entrance into the park for 2 days during race weekend. We have also negociated a highly discounted price of $4.75 taxes in, for friends and family coming with you to watch you race (payable locally). This is roughly an 8k race but distances may vary due beach conditions on race day - this is not a PR course.

New for 2018 - Hopewell Rocks 8k Virtual Race

WHAT IS A VIRTUAL RACE? A virtual race is a race that can be run (or walked)  from any location you choose.  You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym or on the track. You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself.  We will mail your race bib and  medal directly to you and you can participate on your own schedule and at your own pace. Here's how it will work.

  • Register for our Virtual Race
  • Close to race date we will mail you your medal and race bib
  • Choose your location and distance to run/walk/jog/bike. Your 8K, your way!
  • Set a date and run your race!
  • Celebrate your victory! Wear your medal with pride! You’ve earned it!
  • Send us a photo of you completing your virtual race with your medal

Upload your results to our Facebook page "Hopewell Rocks 8k Multi-terrain 8k Race" or email us at

Please note that due to problems in the past we will not be able to hold entries over for future years or issue refunds. All registrations are non-transferable, non-refundable and must not be sold on without the prior consent of the Race Director.

Here are a few of the comments from our previous Hopewell Rocks Runs.

"Just a quick note to say thank you, and congratulations, for the wonderful event on Saturday. It was incredibly well organized, the volunteers were amazing, the location/route was gorgeous, and the kit bags were full of awesome treats".

"Thank you for another great event! We had a great time and I cannot think of one thing that was not done well (except my running speed maybe). Thanks again--can't wait for next year".

"I just wanted to say thank you for such a wonderful event yesterday. In my 30 years of racing I can honestly say it was one of the best organized and most fun races I've ever done. The course was perfectly marked, the after race was fun and great value! I'll definitely be sharing my positive experience with all my running buddies and look forward to racing on the ocean floor again next year"

Registration fees

Running Race Closed

Registration closed
    1. $35.00
      Nov 11 – Jan 31
    2. $39.00
      Feb 1 – May 12
    3. $44.00
      May 12 – May 18

Virtual Hopewell Rocks 8k Multi-terrain Race Closed

Registration closed
  • Virtually Run Hopewell Rocks 8k Multi-terrain 8k Race - steps to race success. 1) Register for our Virtual Race 2) Close to race date we will mail you your medal and race bib roughly 2 weeks prior to race day. 3) Choose your location and distance to run the 8k your way. 4) Set a date and run your race! 5) Celebrate your victory! Wear your medal with pride! You’ve earned it! * Send us a photo of you completing your virtual race with your medal • Upload your results to our Facebook page "Hopewell Rocks 8k Multi-terrain 8k Race" or email us at

    1. $25.00
      Nov 11 – Jan 31
    2. $29.00
      Feb 1 – May 12
    3. $34.00
      May 12 – May 18

Course Description

We have designed a fantastic 8k course that takes in as much of the park as possible. I have created a link for you to see the download
from my Polar GPS which will give you an idea of the route. Please copy this into to your web browser or click on the link:
Race start - It is important to note that the race start location and race finish are in a different part of the park. We will start the race 
in the coach parking area and will follow a clearly marked route down to the Interpretive Center before turning right and following the
path down to Demoiselles Beach. We will run a section of the beach for roughly 200m where there will be a turnaround to re-trace your
steps all the way back to the Interpretive Center. From here runners will join the main walking trail to run down past the Canteen towards
Baymount Outdoor Adventure and will continue straight on, on Rocks Road before taking a sharp left turn onto Discovery Road and 
following this uphill to turn left at the Maintenance offices and picking up the trail down toward the Cafe before Baymount. From here 
runners will follow directions to take the steps down to the beach and turn right to follow the beach all the way to the Emergency steps 
running on the Ocean Floor and through many of the famous Hopewell Rock formations before turning around and retracing your steps 
all the way back to the iron staircase back up to the cafe. From here you will turn right and run downhill to finish in the area close to 
Baymount Outdoor Adventure. The race course may need to re-designed close to race date subject to Spring Beach 
conditions. We will retain the original course described above but changes may need to be made in consultation with
our partners at Hopewell Rocks - no refunds or amendments will be allowed due to a change in the course.

Hopewell Rocks Pre-Race Info

1) There will be mud, how much depends on the tides, but expect to get very, very muddy.

2) Even if there is no mud still expect to get mucky as sections of the race are on a beach and the sand may be soft and wet.

3) Wear old sneakers - we don't want to get your new, shiny, race shoes all dirty, wet & mucky.

4) While on the beach and trails take care over wet rocks, slippy seaweed, soft sand and wet stairs. Please exercise caution.

5) The park is NOT closed to the public on race day so please be aware of vehicles and pedestrians on the course.

6) On the road section of the course please run on the left and do not cut corners as you are sharing the road with vehicles.

7) Please be courteous to other park users.

8) The start and finish points of the race are in different locations so you may have to walk or take the shuttle cart (for a fee) back to the parking lot.

9) On the beach sections the less muddy routes are those that hug the coastline.

10) When you reach the turnaround on the second beach section of the race through the Flowerpots there will be no signage so you will choose your own route back to the iron staircase.


Event Schedule

  • May 20 9:00 AM ADT - Registration Opens

  • May 20 11:00 AM ADT - Hopewell Rocks 8k - Race Start Time

Contact Information

Event Location

The Rocks Provincial Park, Hopewell Cape, NB, Canada

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