Monarch Ultra Relay Run
1,800km relay run from Peterborough to Barrie, Ontario
The Monarch Ultra Relay Run is an 1,800 kilometre running event to raise awareness for monarch butterflies. Starting in Peterborough on September 19th, 2021 and heading south towards Toronto, Burlington, Hamilton, St. Catharines, and Niagara Falls, then running southwest along Lake Erie, looping back around towards London, Cambridge, and Kitchener, and ending in Barrie on October 9, 2021. Relay runners, running in pairs when possible, will run approximately 30km and 50km segments over 21 days through a variety of landscapes - dedicated trails, urban, rural and wilderness, and along greenways, waterways and roadways of the Great Trail and Waterfront Trail. The running event is entirely organized by a volunteer team who are passionate about protecting the Earth and are on a mission to inspire communities to get involved in conservation action!
Not only will this be one of the Canada's longest relay runs, it will also be an ultra-memorable experience for everyone involved. Running fast is optional but having fun is guaranteed! Most importantly, the Monarch Ultra is an opportunity to connect communities across Ontario with common goals of Earth stewardship and biodiversity conservation.
84 SPOTS AVAILABLE:
This once-in-a-life time running experience is for those runners who are seeking a physical challenge while sharing a singular adventure with the Monarch Ultra team. Altogether, there are 84 spots available in the 21-day relay run. Each day, the Monarch Ultra team will travel 80km per day, with 4 running segments available - starting the day at 8:00am with two 50km runners, passing off to two 30km runners at approximately 2:00pm, and wrapping up the day before sunset. When claiming a section, please ensure that your request for a date and distance follows this structure. (Please keep in mind that we are organizing dozens of runners, over 21 days, in a 1,800km relay run, through dozens of municipalities!)
*Recommended time to finish each segment: up to 6.5 hours for 50km, up to 4 hours for 30km.
CLAIM A SEGMENT:
Before registering here, please claim your running segment. To claim a running segment:
1. Go to the interactive map of the route: Open the map: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1448501
2. PICK A SEGMENT: The route is marked with coloured runner logos.
A green runner indicates the start of a segment that does not yet have a runner assigned (an open segment).
A yellow runner indicates the start of a segment that has a runner assigned but is open for another runner to join.
A red runner indicates the start of a segment that has at least two runners assigned.
Choose the segment that you want to run and email Race Director Jodi McNeill at email@example.com with your distance and date you want to run.
3. Then you can come back here and register.
Early bird pricingFeb 26 – Apr 30
CA$85.00May 1 – Jul 31
CA$95.00Now registering Aug 1 – Oct 9
Early bird pricingFeb 26 – Apr 30
CA$110.00May 1 – Jul 31
CA$120.00Now registering Aug 1 – Oct 9
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