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Salmon Run

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NEW EARLY BIRD PRIZE! Register by Feb 28 at 11:59:59pm for your chance to win a Suunto Spartan Trainer GPS watch!!

Come join us for the first trail running races ever in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in beautiful Cape Breton!

2 different trails. 2 different races. 2 awesome days in Cape Breton. 1 HUGE Prize Lot!! By far our biggest chunk of prizes ever!! Think ~18 pairs of Salomon Sense Ride 2s, ~12 Salomon ADV SKIN 5L packs, Salomon hats, buffs and more!!

*100 runner limit Saturday.

*100 runner limit on Sunday.

Exciting times in the Highlands! The first 50 people that register AND call the park will get a tent site (Check-in June 1st/Check-out June 2nd at 11am) included with their registration fee! First come, first served. The park is also offering a 10% discount (Check-in June 1st/Check-out June 2nd at 11am) on oTENTiks and camp/RV sites with electricity (limited availability). Keep in mind, other accommodations are available nearby. 

Call 902-224-2306 to book your spot!

Located just outside of Cheticamp, the Cape Breton Highlands National Park is the gateway to amazing adventures, flowy single track, and stunning scenery. Come join us at the at Robert Brook campground (within Chéticamp campground) for 2 days of trail running fun!

Both days start and finish at the Robert Brook campground, so once you're there, you don't have to go far to find the start line.

Saturday's race is an out-and-back run on the Salmon Pools trail (or upstream and downstream if you're a salmon).

"Ideal for a fitness walk or a stroll, this level trail follows the bottom of the Chéticamp River canyon with cliffs almost 400 metres (1,300 ft) high towering above. The First Pool is about 3.6 km up the Chéticamp River. The trail narrows and continues to Chance Pool where polished, exposed bedrock makes a great location for a picnic. Walk on through the forest and along the river past gravel bars interspersed with rapids and deeper pools for another 600 m where the trail currently ends. Watch for Atlantic salmon in the deeper pools."

Sunday's race is a ~9k loop with an awesome climb up onto the plateau, followed by a very nice and fast downhill on the Acadian trail. This is one of the nicest and most fun trails in the park!

"Climb 365 metres above the Chéticamp River for panoramic views of the Acadian coastline, the Chéticamp river valley and the park's highland interior. Benches along the way let you rest periodically and enjoy the scenery. Watch how the forest changes as you climb steadily to the top and be on the look-out for black bears and moose."

Stay tuned for more announcements!

*No refunds. No deferrals. No transfers. No dogs/pets on the course during the races*

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Registration fees

SATURDAY RACE -- Salmon Pools Trail Race

Upstream/Downstream Race....err...Out-and-back. 5k out. Turn Around. 5k back to where you started. Roughly 130m of elevation gain and 130m of elevation loss.

  1. CA$60.00
    Feb 11 - May 31
    Register

SUNDAY RACE -- Acadian Trail Race

9k loop. Head up the steep side of the Acadian Loop and enjoy the long, sweet descent (clockwise)! Elevation gain is ~380m of climbing and ~380m of descending.

  1. CA$60.00
    Feb 11 - May 31
    Register

Saturday June 1st Schedule

11:00am - 1:30pm - Salmon Pools Trail Race Check-in at Robert Brook Campground

1:30pm - Race check-in ends

2:00pm - Race begins!

Sunday June 2nd Schedule

7:00am - 8:30am - Acadian Trail Race Check-in at Robert Brook Campground

8:30am - Race check-in ends

9:00am - Race begins!

Contact Information

Event Location

Cheticamp Campground - National Park, Cabot Trail, Petit Étang, Nova Scotia, Canada

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