The Sulphur Springs Trail Race is an annual event hosted by the Burlington Runners in Ancaster, Ontario. 2017 marked the events 25th year, and it did not disappoint!
Offering 8 distance options from 10K up to 200 miles, there truly was a distance for everyone. I was there for my first 50K.
Leading up to the main event on May 27th, there were several organized training runs. I was able to attend one, and was afforded the opportunity to train on the actual race course ahead of the race. Mentally I found this really helped me to be more prepared for race day; it was also a good opportunity to meet the race director and other experienced ultra runners.
Race day was extremely well organized; from ample parking, to race kit pickup, as well as lots of port-a-potties, I had no trouble navigating the site and getting myself ready in time for the race despite arriving late due to getting stuck in traffic.
The race course itself is beautiful and hilly, with wide, packed trail for the majority of the route. With not a lot of technical terrain, it was a great choice for my first ultra.
At the finish line there were photographers, medals, and wonderful food to go with the party atmosphere.
If you’re looking for a challenging yet not overly technical trail race, I highly recommend Sulphur Springs.