- Is there a cap on registrations? May I register on race day?
- Where is the race kit and bib pickup?
- May I camp there?
- May I drive my vehicle on Reserve roads?
- I have not registered. Can I run TLC as an unofficial entrant?
- Is TLC walker friendly?
- What timing system will you be using?
- Will there be an early start for slower runners?
- Does everyone start their race at the same time?
- Will the course be closed to traffic?
- What are the locations of the Aid Stations?
- What are the locations of the porta-potties?
- Are the trails flat and smooth?
- Will there be bugs?
- What about bears?
- What is the scenery like?
- What if it rains. Is there a rain date?
- Can I have support on the course?
- Is there a cut-off time?
- What if I have to dropout?
- What do I do if I get injured?
- Are the results posted at the start/finish on race day?
- Is there real food after the race?
- I am entered in the race, but recently suffered an injury. Can I defer my entry until next year or give it to someone else this year?
- I am not running but would love to watch the race. Are there good places on the course to do this?
- Will there be any professional photography on the course?
- Does TLC have any affiliations with charities?
- I would love to help out. Do you need volunteers?
- Are dogs allowed on the Reserve?
- Are there finisher medals and awards?
- Is there a cut-off date for race t-shirts?
- What are the age limits for the event?
1. Is there a cap on registrations? a) There is a cap for the 14, 28, 42 and 56km of 700 runners total. No race day entries if we reach our cap. Online registration closes on July 3rd, 2020. b) There is no cap on the 7km. Race day entries permitted for the 7km.
3. May I camp there? Basic camping is available on both Friday and Saturday nights. There is one camping area. It is right next to the start/finish. We will supply drinking water and portapotties, but there will be no hydro. Camping is $12 per person per night for adults, payable on registration. Children under 16 are free. You may swim at the beach on Clear Lake if you wish. Note – this is the only beach that participants and spectators may swim at. Please note our Dog Policy.
4. May I drive my vehicle on Reserve roads? To keep congestion down to a minimum we ask that you do not drive your vehicle on any of the Reserve roads. This applies to spectators also. They may walk or mountain bike if they wish.
6. Is TLC walker friendly? Yes it is. You may register for the 7k, 14k or 28k races, and walk the course. Leave plenty of room for the runners to pass you. Walkers will also receive a t-shirt (if you sign up before June 29th) and get a great lunch afterwards. As it will take you longer to get to the aid stations, we suggest that you carry lots of fluids.
9. Does everyone start their race at the same time? So that there is lots of room on the trails , there will be staggered starts: 56km-8:00am, 28km-8:20am, 14km (Wave 1-8:30am, Wave 2-8:35am, Wave 3-8:40am), 7km is at 8:50am. We will send out the 14km runners in three waves to minimize congestion on the first part of the Solitaire Trail. You may enter any of these waves as all results will be combined to determine award winners.
10. Will the course be closed to traffic? No. You can expect vehicles on any of the roads. None of the road sections are heavily travelled and we will have signs to warn motorists of your presence. There are only two significant road sections. One is 650 metres, the other is 30 metres.
11. What are the locations of the Aid Stations? They are at 3.9km, 8.6km, plus at the start/finish. They will be fully stocked with electrolyte, water, cola, ginger ale, sweet snacks, salty snacks, fruit and ice. Later in the day we will add boiled potatoes and sea salt.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no cups. You must bring your own. Our friendly volunteers will help you fill your cup or bottle. We have enjoyed a clean race every year so please help us continue that reputation by not littering. Thank you.
There will be a 20′ by 20′ tent for drop bags located beside the big tent near the finish line. Please, no littering on the course. Use the bright yellow garbage containers for all recyclable litter and the green bins for everything else. The usual and necessary rule is ‘If you litter, you will be disqualified‘.
13. Are the trails flat and smooth? Not really. It is a rolling course and for most of it you are either going up or down. Most of the trails provide good footing and plenty of room for passing. Some have rocks and roots. There are a few creek crossings, a possible wet area at the beginning of Wetland Trail and probably some mud in other areas. The nimble should stay dry! Limberlost is considered one of the more challenging courses in the Ontario Ultra Series. When deciding which race to enter, we suggest that you keep that in mind.
15. What about bears? Wildlife do their best to avoid contact with humans. Once the race starts it is unlikely that you will see anything bigger than a squirrel. (note from RD -“ I have been at Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve many times. I often see wildlife. The count so far is – 2 bear, many deer, one muskrat, plus several otters and beaver”)
18. Can I have support on the course? As it is a 14km loop with three aid stations it is probably not necessary to have a support crew out there. You are welcome to have drop bags at Aid Station #1 (3.9km) and Aid Station #2 (8.6km). We can take them out for you before the race. Sorry, no pacing. There will be a 20′ by 20′ tent next to the big tent that is specifically for drop bags
19. Is there a cut-off time? You will have a total of ten hours to finish the 56km race. Your last loop must start before 7.5 hours (3:30pm). For most people, ultra running is about going out there to complete the event. Don’t push yourself beyond what your body can safely handle. We reserve the right to pull you from the course if we feel that it is medically unsafe for you to continue. On race day we will have qualified medical people who can make that decision.
20. What if I have to drop out? If possible drop out at one of the Aid Stations. We can give you a ride back to the start/finish area in the next sweep vehicle. You must let the medical team know that you are dropping out of your race.
21. What do I do if I get injured? If this happens between Aid Stations, stay where you are. Let another runner know that you will need assistance. We will have several qualified medical personnel on the course, and will get to you quickly. We take runner safety and first aid very seriously and have an effective Emergency Plan in place.
23. Is there real food after the race? TLC is known for putting on an excellent lunch. Bring a fold-up chair or sit at one of the tables in the big tent and enjoy delicious food and a beverage. Lunch is free for participants and volunteers. Make sure that you bring your bib. We will mark the back of it, and give you a ticket. You will then serve yourself some salads and give the ticket to the volunteer when you get your chicken kebab. If you want to go through for a second helping of lunch the cost is $5. If your ‘cheering section’ would like to eat, they may pay $10 ($5 for children) and join you. Our nutritionist, Lowell Greib, does a great job of designing the menu. It is guaranteed to be delicious! In years past we have had vegan/gluten free salads, pasta, pita bread, fruit and a barbequed meat dish. Beverages include juice, pop, water and tea.
25. I am not running but would love to watch the race. Are there good places on the course to do this? There certainly is. For example, there are two spots that are only 200 metres apart. As your runner has to cover over 2km between them you will have lots of time to see them at both locations.We can give you a map that will show you how to get to to this and other great spots to watch the race. Access to them is along gravel roads(1.1km) Vehicles aren’t allowed but you can easily mountain bike or walk to them.
26. Will there be any professional photographers on the course? We will have a photographer there on race day. He will be out on the course. Spectators, we would love to also see your photos and videos.
27. Does TLC have any affiliations with charities We will be making a donation to a few groups following the race. The principal recipient will be the Trails Youth Initiative (www.trails.ca). Their mandate is – ‘Take a group of vulnerable kids from the inner city, bring them to a school in the middle of the forest, provide them with respect and opportunity and they will become a part of the community. So begins a four year journey.’ The Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve is their northern campus. In fact you will see many of their ‘Leaders in Training’ helping out on race day. Each year they do an outstanding job of manning the aid station at Langmead Cabin on Lake Solitaire.
28. I would love to help out. Do you need volunteers? Definitely! As you know, it takes a lot of people to make an event like this a great experience for everyone. There is always lots to do. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Let us know what time of day you will be available. All volunteers get a t-shirt and lunch.
29. Are dogs allowed on the Reserve? You may bring your dog if your dog is good with people and other dogs. It must be kept on a leash at all times. Do not leave your dog in your vehicle. Dogs are not allowed on the race course nor in the Food Tent. Service dogs exempted.
- 7km – first, second and third for male and female
- All other races – first male overall and first female overall, plus first, second and third for 10 year age groups. Note: first place overall winners are excluded from age group awards.
If you are an award winner and have to leave early, please let us know so that we can give you your well-earned plaque.
Awards schedule is:
10:15 AM – 7K Awards
11:15 AM – 14k Awards
1:00 PM – 28k Awards
3:15 PM – 56k Awards (1st overall, and 1st/2nd/3rd in Age Groups)
4:15 PM – 56k Awards (age groups not finished at 3:15pm)
5:00 PM – 56k Awards (age groups not finished at 4:15pm)
31. Is there a cut-off date for race t-shirts? T-shirts are guaranteed to everyone who enters by June 12th, 2020. Beyond that, check with us on race day. Please also note that we have a no t-shirt option. If you choose the no t-shirt option, the equivalent value of the t-shirt will be donated to our charity partner.
32. What are the age limits for the event? The Limberlost Challenge observes the following age limits:
7 km – The limit is 10 years old on race day. Runners between 10 and 12 must be running with an adult friend or relative for the entire race.
14k and up – The limit is 12 years old on race day.
Note: These limits are applied at the discretion of the race director, and are not based on medical concerns.