Hamilton runners to take to Bruce Trail for ultra-relay race
We Run the Bruce will raise money to support marginalized women who are survivors of violence
A group of Hamilton runners will be hitting the Bruce Trail this spring to raise funds to support marginalized women who are survivors of violence.
The run project, titled We Run the Bruce, will see around a dozen athletes from different Hamilton run clubs take to the more than 900-kilometre footpath — which stretches from Tobermory down to the Niagara Region — for a non-stop, ultra-relay race.
Their goal? To run the entirety of the trail in just five days.
Stephanie Jetté, head organizer of the run, said the idea for the project came together after she and a handful of other Steeltown runners watched a screening of “Escape,” a film about the 2021 Escape to Chicago run, last spring.
The documentary left her and others feeling inspired to create their own ultra-relay — but instead of racing between two cities, they set their sights on the nearby trail system they all loved and many had wanted to run solo.
“It was one of those aha moments,” Jetté said in an interview with The Spectator. “We realized that we didn’t have to run the entire trail alone and that we could plan it as a group and endure it together.”
Runner André Morgan said the project will see each runner complete different segments of the trail before eventually tagging off to the next sprinter.
The participants will make their way along the footpath, which mostly hugs the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, at all hours of the day and through rain or shine.