We are so pleased you can join us for the Cumby 23 or 50 km Trail Races.  Please read the following rules and guidelines so that we can keep everyone safe.

  • You must show ID in order to register. No bandits and do not run through the finish chute if you are not registered.
  • If you come across an injured runner you must stop and provide assistance.  Stay with the runner, the next runner will go to the nearest marshal or checkpoint to get help. The contact for Race Central will be provided to you if you carry a phone. There will be mobile first aid attendants, as well as first aid checkpoints available.  Stay with the marshal or aid station and the attendant will come to you.
  • The course will be well marked with lime and ribbons, especially at trail junctions. Stay on the designated trail.
  • If you need to end your race prematurely, go to the next marshal or aid station, and announce your decision. The marshal will direct you as to the possible ways back to race central. You may have to walk or wait until a ride is available. It is very important that you do not leave the race without alerting a race official that you are not completing it. You must also check in at Race Central.  If we have not been alerted that you are not completing the race we will need to send out a search party while you might be happily at home in the bath.  Grrrrr!
  • Mountain bikers pose a significant risk to runners, despite our efforts to advertise the race and provide marshals at critical points. Even on race day we do not take priority. Be particularly aware of bikers coming downhill on uphills with restricted visibility. In some situations it may be advisable to step off of the trail. We have designed the courses such that runners and mountain bikers proceed in the same direction on the most popular trails, however you have a role to play in minimizing your risk. Be aware of your surroundings!
  • If you come across a bear or a cougar do not proceed and alert other racers that there is a bear or cougar in the area. Hopefully they will wander off.  Please see the links about traveling in bear and cougar country on our website.
  • No Nordic poles.  No baby strollers.  No dogs. No smoking. No littering.
  • One ear bud only if you absolutely must. No exceptions as we need you to hear the mountain bikers, animals and marshals trying to get your attention.
  • Walking bridges is recommended. Walking ONLY bridges are signed as such. Assume all bridges and boardwalks are slippery. Keep to the center. Some have a considerable drop off [1.5 to 3 m].  Bouncing may occur.
  • All trails have been inspected and brushed. However there are always hazards . Be especially mindful of branches at eye level, and unstable conditions on steep downhills. Lift your feet!

The Cumby 23 km and 50 km Trail Courses:

Please refer to the maps on the Cumby website. The 23 km race serves as the first part of the 50 km course.  Please know that we are racing in a working forest and the route may change because of active logging. We will post updates leading up to the race if the course changes.  If you use the information on these pages for training runs, you do so at your own risk. As with any training run, head out prepared with typical trail running emergency supplies in case you miss a turn or worse.    https://www.adventuresmart.ca/land/survive-essentials.htm

23 km – begins at 0900 sharp – Briefing at 0840 at Race Central

Please see the maps and altitude profile on the Cumby website. The race will begin at No.6 Mine Heritage Park, go through the yellow gate and up the logging road. Single track trail begins at 1.5 km. The finish is a flat, wide, newly surfaced trail called Colliery Line that runs for about a km.

50 Km – Begins at 0700 sharp – Briefing at 06:40 at Race Central

Please see the maps and altitude profile on the Cumby website.  There will be two distinct loops that do not repeat any trail. The first loop will follow the same course the 23k event runs, returning back to the start/finish area. The second 30k circuit will take you up to the high point of the trail system and back down. Those who go out hard in the initial section may find the climb up to Race Rocks to be an interesting challenge!

Aid Stations
Aid stations will have a some or all of your standard race fare: water, cola/Ginger ale, chips, cookies, candy, bananas, oranges, potatoes, salt, pickles, PB&J sammiches; plus whatever bonus items the volunteers decide to provide.
Energy gels and bars are not provided, please supply your own if you rely on these items.

Be prepared for the longer distances between some of them. Two bottles of water, or a 1.5 litre hydration bladder, are strongly recommended!! These bigger gaps are early in the race and you don’t want to get dehydrated.  Please be aware that parts of both courses have limited forest cover [ maximum sun exposure] which will increase your needs for adequate hydration. There will be water, and energy food available at all aid stations. There will be marshals available to help fill your water containers so please ensure you carry a water container.  Coke and ginger ale will also be available at 11.5 km and 39 km.  There will only be energy food (fruit and snacks) available at the aid stations. If you have a have a specific preference, you should carry your own.
The Cumby – 23k and 50k Aid Stations

Total KM KM from last
AS1 – Two Flats 12 12
AS2 – Race Central 23 11
AS3 – Trent Main 34.2 11.2
AS4 – Race Rocks 39.4 5.2
AS5 – Trent/Blockhead 43.9 4.5
AS6 – Sykes Bridge 48.9 5
Finish 53.6* 4.7

*that’s not a typo, it is longer than 50k – more for your money!

Aid stations will have a some or all of your standard race fare: water, cola/Ginger ale, chips, cookies, candy, bananas, oranges, potatoes, salt, pickles, PB&J sammiches; plus whatever bonus items the volunteers decide to provide.

Energy gels and bars are not provided, please supply your own if you rely on these items.

Drop bags (50km only)

The course will pass by the start/finish area after 23km, and your drop bags will be available at this point only.

Time cutoffs:

23 km cutoff

There is no cutoff for the 23 km race. The last runner in 2016 finished in 3.5 hours on a slightly shorter course.

50 km cutoff

The cutoff is 8 hours at Aid Station 5 (43km), and 10 hours at the finish. Runners who exceed the time limit at AS 5 will be provided with a ride back to the finish area. Please be aware of these limits and train accordingly.

Familiarization Runs

The Cumby is an outdoor wilderness event and you will need to train accordingly for either the 23 km or the 50 km race.  One way to become familiar with the trail system and the degree of ‘gnarliness’  is to join us on familiarization runs. For example the 23 km. leaders will lead different groups on runs that will cover approximately half the course each time and about two thirds the required distance overall. These runs will take place in March and April. We look forward to meeting you there.  The dates, time and location will be posted on the Cumby Facebook site so keep in touch with us through our facebook site.

 Have fun and stay safe!