Breaking news: New trail race: Elgin 40

Atlantic Canada has a new trail race – and it’s going to be a tough one.

Organizers of the Tour of Elgin, a grueling mountain bike race in the hilly southern highlands of New Brunswick, announced that they will also host a 40-kilometre trail race.

Set for October 6th, the course will likely traverse double and single-track and dirt roads. Previously for the mountain bike race, it’s been well-marked and well-supported with all-terrain support vehicles, first aid on site and neutral feed stations.

Elgin is 10 kilometres north of Fundy National Park. The area contains long, steep hills, with climbs as high as 1100 feet. It’s also stunningly beautiful, particularly because of the hardwood trees peaking with their fall colours.

That beauty will help take runners’ minds off the demanding course; among mountain bikers, Elgin is regarded as one of the toughest and most daunting races in Atlantic Canada.

Registration information will be up on Atlantic Chip soon. (For information on the mountain bike race, go here:

The trail race will cost $35 until September 24. After that date, the price will increase to $45.

The Elgin Eco Association hosts the race as a fundraiser. The association consists of a group of dedicated volunteers who work together to promote the natural beauty of the Elgin area through eco-tourism and by organizing local events.

“This event is exciting, lots of fun and a celebration of both athletic ability and the beauty of this forest landscape,” say race organizers.

The association is also currently looking for more sponsors for the race.

The sponsorship letter, elevation maps, route maps and more can be seen on the group’s Facebook page:


About subthree

A multiple award-winning journalist, I'm currently a contributing editor with both Canadian Running and Canadian Cycling magazines. My articles have appeared in Explore, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many other magazines and newspapers. Formerly a competitive cross-country mountain biker, I switched to running in 2006. I've run seven marathons, qualifying for Boston five times (and which I've run once). Generally, I've placed or won in my age group in races, in distances ranging from five and 10 kms to half and full marathons. I've also taught spin classes at a number of leading Eastern Canadian gyms. Sub-three was a 2012 #Runchat finalist for Best Overall Blog.
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2 Responses to Breaking news: New trail race: Elgin 40

  1. SeeAlliRun says:

    Intriguing. Are you going to run it?

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