The Long Run returns runners to the original N89 Courses, the Main Tract of Dufferin County Forest! These trails are fun, fast and flowy, but shared with mountain bikes, so please be careful, wear bright clothing and enjoy your run! For the shorter courses, this is also a pup friendly run if you want to take your 4-legged buddy out with you, provided they have good recall against horses and wildlife. There are no water/facilities on the course. All runners must be prepared for a fully self supported endeavour, and pack out what you pack in.
Below we’re providing Garmin Connect links as well as course descriptions and Strava maps (coming soon).
After your run, head north on Airport Road and visit Creemore Springs Brewery for your race kit pick up and free beer!
The first N89 Half Marathon course follows the perimeter of the forest and takes runners through some of the more intermediate track. There’s a reasonable amount of elevation gain, just enough for a challenge!
Follow TEAL Half Marathon Markers (11k and 6k will still be in pink). Park in the main lot, and start at the entrance to the mountain bike trails. Follow Teal/Pink arrows to the pine forest, then look for a teal arrows to take you around the course. The Course follows: the Stick to the pine forest, then Ken & Steve’s trail, the Trail to Nowhere, a FULL Lollipop, then the Ridge and back out on the Max trail, through the meadow and back to the parking lot. Download the course file if you have a Garmin device or click below to view on Strava.
The 11k Course is following the same route as last year!
Follow the PINK signs out on the Stick, go LEFT at the Canada Flag and complete a full loop of the Lollipop, then come back on the stick and come out on the double track to finish at the red marker 14–you will not finish at the same spot as where you started! Turn left at marker 14 and have a nice cool-off walk back to the parking lot (200m). Note: the Garmin Connect reads 10.31k because GPS is highly unreliable in the woods, and Strava always believes in chopping off a little bit to keep us humble. It is closer to 11.1km by wheel sensor.
The 6k Course is following the same route as last year!
Follow the PINK signs down the double track to Red Marker 14, and follow the 6K signs in and connect to the Stick, TURN AROUND at the Canada Flag and come back on the Stick and come out on the double track to finish back at the red marker 14. Turn left at marker 14 and have a nice cool-off walk back to the parking lot (200m). Note: the Garmin Connect reads 5.84k because GPS is highly unreliable in the woods, and Strava always believes in chopping off a little bit to keep us humble. It is closer to 6.3km by wheel sensor.
Getting to the Dufferin County Forest Main Tract is easy once you’re on Airport Road. Use the link below to get coordinates on Google Maps. Park in the main lot (Straight in the driveway: if you go up a hill into a field, you’ve gone to the wrong parking area).
Part of your registration is being donated to the volunteers who manage the single track in Dufferin County. As N89’s “home base” trail network, we’re proud to be part of the team who wield pruners, tampers, chainsaws and all manner of bushwhacking tools to make user experiences awesome!
Please obey all Dufferin County Forest Bylaws. To see the complete document, click here.