Covid-19 Update - May 7, 2020
Greetings Trail Runners,
We hope everyone is staying safe, healthy and with loved ones during these especially trying times. We’d been holding out hope that Summit 700 presented by Salomon could proceed in 2020 as planned, however it’s become clear we won’t be able to host the event this year. The safety of participants and volunteers is our primary concern, and mass participation events of this nature are simply not possible with this goal in mind. All provincial, national and international guidelines recently released concerning the re-opening of economies and resumption of extracurricular activities have large gatherings either; “postponed for the foreseeable future”, not permissible until a vaccine is widely disseminated, or permissible only in the final phases of these plans, which are many many months away. We’re sure you share in our extreme disappointment at having to make this decision. As organizers, we love nothing more than watching participants achieve amazing goals and not being able to provide the platform for those experiences is heartbreaking. These are challenging times for us all, but with the support of our participants, volunteers, partners and communities we are confident we will return to racing stronger than ever, when it is safe to do so.
We’d been considering a postponement of the event to September 26th, 2019, but again all signs point towards mass gatherings over 50 people not being permissible at that time. If there is a sudden change in this forecast, we’ll host a more grassroots, fun event at Blue Mountain on that date, which can incorporate all physical distancing measures in place.
The next Summit 700 will now take place on July 10th, 2021. With respect to entries and fees paid, anyone registered will automatically be transferred to the 2021 event. If someone already registered is not able to attend the event in 2021, they will receive a credit for any future edition of Summit 700. Unfortunately, we’re not able to issue refunds as many costs associated with the event have already been absorbed.
Thank you all for your continued support and understanding. We appreciate every one of our valued participants, volunteers and partners as we manage through this together.
Summit 700 Trail Runs
Covid-19 Update - April 15, 2020
Greetings Trail Runners,
I hope you’re all enduring the physical distancing measures we have in place and are still able to get outside in a safe way for a daily dose of exercise. While we’re all doing our part to slow the spread of Covid-19 it’s hard not to look forward to a time when things return to normal and we can get back to being with the people we love and partaking in activities that bring us joy!
As an event organizer these times are particularly challenging as we try to figure the safest way forward with limited clear direction from government officials on when events of this nature may be permitted again. At the moment we’re unsure if we’ll be able to host Summit 700 on July 11th, 2020. We’ll be making a final decision about hosting the event on May 7th and will communicate that decision by email, on Facebook and on this website. We apologize for not having a clear answer at this time, but please bear with us as we await better information and guidelines from the government.
For the time being the early-bird entry fee deadline has been extended to May 14th, 2020. If the event is unable to proceed on July 11th, 2020 we’ll be looking at postponing the event to September 26th, 2020, or July 2021.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. I hope everyone is staying safe, healthy and with loved ones during these trying times.
Summit 700 Trail Runs
JULY 11th, 2020 - Blue Mountain Resort - Event Postponed
The next edition will take place on July 10th, 2021
6K - 10K - 21K - Trail Runs
Summit 700 is an epic trail/mountain running experience flowing through Blue Mountain Resort’s challenging single-track trail network. Each course will tackle a 700ft ascent of the Niagara Escarpment in addition to endless; rock hopping, creek crossing, root dodging, up & down sublime forest running!
New for 2021!
The Start/Finish, Festival and Beer Garden is moving into Blue Mountain Village Square creating an awesome finish line atmosphere!
Re-Designed Courses! The 21k will now ascend the iconic Cascade Trail taking its name from the babbling brook it follows up the escarpment. The timed Summit 700 climb will now take place on the step-strewn Village Way trail finishing near the top of the gondola and offering spectators a chance to cheer runners on as they crest the climb
A Live Band on the Village Stage will welcome runners at the Finish
Expanded Festival with more vendors and Sunday activities including a hill-climb challenge
Date: July 11, 2020
Location: Blue Mountain Resort, Ontario, Canada
Distances: 6K, 10K, 21K
Wednesday July 8th and Thursday July 9th, 2020
10:00am-6:00pm Race Kit Pick-Up at VO2 Sports in Collingwood (*online registration must have been received by Tuesday July 8th in order to pick-up at VO2*)
Friday July 10th, 2020
5:00pm-9:00pm Race Kit Pick-Up at The Inn Cafe within Blue Mountain Inn
Saturday July 11th, 2020
6:30am-9:00am Race Kit Pick-Up at The Inn Cafe within Blue Mountain Inn
8:00am 21K Race Start
9:00am 10K Race Start
9:15am 6K Race Start
9:30am First finishers expected
10:00am Patio & BBQ opens
12:30pm Last Finishers expected
Prizing: 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall in each distance, plus King and Queen of the mountain for the Summit 700 Hill Climb for each race distance. Age Groups recognized in results (age as of July 13th, 2019): 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over. The minimum age for the 6K is 12, the 10K is 14 and the 21K is 16. Age limits were determined using Athletics Canada GUIDELINES FOR THE INCLUSION OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN ROAD RACES.
Cut-Offs: All runners on all courses; 6k, 10k and 21k are expected to be off the course by 12:30pm.
21k specific cut-offs: 21k runners must clear the 10k mark by 10am (2 hours after the start) and the 16.8k mark by 11:30am (3.5 hours after the start).
To help spectators find their way around the course consider downloading Blue Mountain's new GPS powered smartphone app. Search for Blue Mountain in the Apple App Store, or Google Play.
Use code: GB00003841 to access a 30% discount off the market lodging rates if booked more than 30 days before the event. The discount is reduced to 15% if booked less than 30 days before the event. A 2 night minimum stay applies to any Saturday reservation. Guests can either call the resort and use the code or reference the event “Summit 700”, or they can go online (https://bmrbooking.bluemountain.ca/) and use the code through the website to book their room.
Canadian Mountain Running Championships Qualifier
Summit 700 is part of the 2020 Canadian Regional Mountain Running Qualifying Series.
Finishing in the top 5 in your age group in two races in the qualifying series, including this race, will allow you to be eligible to enter for the 2021 Canadian Mountain Running Championships. Every distance at Summit 700 (6k, 10k and 21k) counts as a qualifier.
For more information about the 2020 Canadian Mountain Running Qualifying Series Races, go to: www.mountainrunning.ca/series.php
All registrations occur online by credit card with our secure provider: RaceRoster.com
Entry Fees (not including taxes & online processing fees):
21K 6K & 10K
Super-Early by Jan. 3rd, 2020 $49 $39
Early-Bird by May 14th, 2020 $59 $49
Regular by June 11th, 2020 $69 $59
Late by July 9th, 2020 $79 $69
Race Day Entry* $100 $90 (cash only)
Online Registration Closes Thursday July 9, 2020 at 11:59pm. *Race Day Entry fees include taxes.
Entry Includes: Event T-Shirt, Free Post-Event Beverage, Chip-Timing (course and hill climb), Finishers Medal, Aid Station Drinks, Finish Line Snacks, Sponsor Swag
Refund Details: There will be no refunds for any reason, however participants can transfer their entry to another individual for a fee of $1.95 plus tax. There are no refunds due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances that would place participants, volunteers, or staff at risk.
Transfer Details: Registrants can transfer into another race distance by accessing their RaceRoster profile. There is a fee of $1.95 plus tax for all transfers. If registrants are transferring to a longer distance additional fees will apply. If registrants are transferring to a shorter distance there will be no refunds on the price difference. Registrants are also permitted to transfer their entry to another individual for a fee of $1.95 plus tax. All transfers must occur by Thursday July 9, 2020 at 11:59pm.
Volunteers are crucial to the success of any outdoor, endurance sporting event. Without their time, effort, encouragement and dedication these events simply wouldn’t be possible. If you’re interested in volunteering send Bob an email @ email@example.com and let him know what role you’d be interested in tackling. If you have friends or family coming with you please consider asking if they’d be interested in helping as a volunteer. All volunteers receive an event T-shirt, a BBQ Lunch and our everlasting gratitude.
Race Kit Pick-Up: Friday July 12th, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Race Kit Pick-Up: Saturday July 13th, 6:30am-9:00am
Aid Station #1: Saturday July 13th, 7:30am-9:30am
Aid Station #2: Saturday July 13th, 8:30am-12:00pm
Pre-Runners: Saturday July 13th, 6:30am-9:30am
Sweep Runners: Saturday July 13th, 8:00am-12:00pm
Course Marshals: Saturday July 13th, 8:00am-11:30am
Finish Line: Saturday July 13th, 9:00am-12:00pm
Q. Are headphones permitted?
A. Headphones are not permitted in the event to allow for better communication amongst participants. The different distances end up over-lapping with faster 21k runners intermingling with 10k and 6k participants and being able to hear their request to pass on single-track is required.
Q. What will be available at the Aid Stations?
A. Aid Stations #1 and #2 (see course map) Water, GU Energy Electrolyte Drinks, GU Energy Gels, Bananas. Limited amounts of ice will be available for emergency use only.
Aid Station #3 (for the 21k course only) will only have water available.
Q. Can I have someone else pick-up my race kit?
A. Yes. However, they'll need to have a copy of your registration email/receipt from RaceRoster, plus you will need to provide them with a filled-out, signed and witnessed hard copy of our waiver (download here), in addition you will have needed to fill out the Blue Mountain Electronic Waiver at this link before your race-kit will be released.
Q. Can the courses be pre-run before the event?
A. The 6K and 10K course can be pre-run, however portions of the 21k course cannot be pre-run as it travels on downhill mountain bike trails. For details on accessing Blue Mountain's trails please see their summer trail map at this link.
Q. Would spectators be able to see me on the 21K course, or just at the Start/Finish?
A. How much spectators can see you on the 21k course would depend on their propensity to get around. If they were keen they could watch the start at Blue Mountain Inn, then without wasting too much time drive up to Aid Station #1 on the 21k course, which would let them see you at the 4.5 and 5.5k marks (this location also provides a nice view out over Georgian Bay, here is a Google Map Link). They could then drive back to Blue Mountain Inn and catch you at the 11k mark, which goes back through the start/finish area. Again, if they're keen, they could then hike up to the roughly 16.7k mark (an 800m hike from the start to where the course exits the "Village Way" trail). Then they could return to the Start/Finish area and catch your finish.
Q. Are results based on total time or just the climb?
A. There will be results for both the total time and the climb. The main race will be the full distance runs (6K, 10K and 21K) where we'll provide prizing for the top 3 men and women at each distance. However, within each race distance we'll also be tracking the hill climb times and will award 1st prize (King and Queen of the mountain) for the climb alone, but again for each race distance, so we'll have 3 Kings and Queens.
Q. How do I transfer my entry?
A. Please see this link for an explanation on how to transfer your entry (either to a shorter/longer distance ("sub-event"), or to another person).
Q. Are hiking poles permitted?