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About Capes 100

Race Location: 32 MacDonald Road, Mabou, NS

Race Distances: 46k, 87k, and 160k (distances and routes may vary slightly come race day)

Difficulty: If you did the 2019 Capes 100, you’re in for a bigger and sweeter treat! We have significantly more vertical gain and loss for everyone this year…and a lot more singletrack with easily more stunning vistas than the 2019 course!

Routes & Maps

**All distances start and finish in Mabou at 32 MacDonald Road**

All distances start at 6:00am on August 13th

*Better quality maps can be found under “Photos & Video”*

**March 18, 2022 — the course has been simplified between kms 11 and 20. Distance only changes by ~1km and the elevation gain is basically the same. Aid stations have also been simplified! ūüôā

  • Aid Station #1 =¬†11k Mabou Trailhead
  • Aid Station #2 =¬†20k MacKinnon’s Brook Bridge 1
  • Aid Station #3 =¬†26k¬†MacKinnon’s Brook Bridge 2
  • Aid Station #4 = 35k Mabou Trailhead
  • Finish = 46k!

 

  • Note that distances are +/- 2km…so don’t get too flustered if your watch distance doesn’t match up.
  • NO CREW ACCESS for 46k.
  • NO PACERS for 46k or 87k runners.
  • Check the updated MANDATORY GEAR list under “FAQ” section.
  • Aid station locations and course revisions may happen up until race day.
  • Stashing gear on the course is prohibited.

*See FAQ section for MANDATORY GEAR list and crew access points.

Price: $115. See registration page for what’s included!

 

**All distances start and finish in Mabou at 32 MacDonald Road**

*Better quality maps can be found under “Photos & Video”*

**March 18, 2022 — the course has been simplified between kms 11 and 20. Distance only changes by ~1km and the elevation gain is basically the same. Aid stations have also been simplified! ūüôā

  • Aid Station #1 =¬†11k Mabou Trailhead
  • Aid Station #2 =¬†20k MacKinnon’s Brook Bridge 1
  • Aid Station #3 =¬†26k¬†Cape Mabou Trailhead (Cow Pasture) Unmanned – Water Only here
  • Aid Station #4 =¬†35k Broad Cove Banks Road 1
  • Crew access at “Beach Road No. 1, Inverness” — 41.5k — not an aid station/no Capes volunteers will be here
  • Aid Station #5 =¬†45k Broad Cove Banks Road 2
  • Aid Station #6 =¬†58k¬†MacKinnon’s Brook Bridge 2 (cut-off time here is 13h30m race time)
  • Aid Station #7 =¬†66k¬†MacKinnon’s Brook Bridge 3
  • Aid Station #8 =¬†75k Mabou Trailhead
  • Finish = 87k!

 

  • Note that distances are +/- 2km…so don’t get too flustered if your watch distance doesn’t match up.
  • Only crew access for 87k runners is at KM ~41.5 (Beach Road No. 1, Inverness)
  • NO PACERS for 46k or 87k runners.
  • Check the updated MANDATORY GEAR list under “FAQ” section.
  • Aid station locations and course revisions may happen up until race day.
  • Stashing gear on the course is prohibited.

*See FAQ section for MANDATORY GEAR list and crew access points.

Price: $160.¬†See registration page for what’s included!

 

**All distances start and finish in Mabou at 32 MacDonald Road**

*Better quality maps can be found under “Photos & Video”*

**March 18, 2022 — the course has been simplified between kms 11 and 20. Distance only changes by ~1km and the elevation gain is basically the same. Aid stations have also been simplified! ūüôā

  • Aid Station #1 =¬†11k Mabou Trailhead
  • Aid Station #2 =¬†20k MacKinnon’s Brook Bridge 1
  • Aid Station #3 =¬†26k Cape Mabou Trailhead (Cow Pasture) Unmanned – Water Only here
  • Aid Station #4 =¬†35k Broad Cove Banks Road 1
  • *Crew access at “Beach Road No. 1, Inverness” — 41.5k — not an aid station/no Capes volunteers will be here
  • Aid Station #5 =¬†45k Broad Cove Banks Road 2
  • Aid Station #6 =¬†58k¬†MacKinnon’s Brook Bridge 2 (cut-off time here is 13h30m race time)
  • Aid Station #7 =¬†66k¬†MacKinnon’s Brook Bridge 3
  • Aid Station #8 =¬†75k Mabou Trailhead
  • Turn Around Point for 100 mile runners at Mabou Harbour Rd/NE Mabou Road = 85k¬†(cut-off time here is 18h00m race time) *Crew Access.
  • Aid Station #9 =¬†94k¬†Mabou Trailhead
  • Aid Station #10 =¬†103k¬†MacKinnon’s Brook Bridge 4
  • Aid Station #11 =¬†109k¬†Cape Mabou Trailhead (Cow Pasture)¬†(cut-off time here is 24hrs)¬†*Crew Access*PACER PICKUP HERE*¬†Unmanned – Water Only here
  • Aid Station #12 =¬† 118k Broad Cove Banks Road 3
  • ***100 milers turn left and head to Sight Point Trailhead on loop 2 *DO NOT do run into Inverness a 2nd time!***
  • Aid Station #13 = 132k MacKinnon’s Brook Bridge 5 (cut-off time here is 29hrs)
  • Aid Station #14 = 140k¬†MacKinnon’s Brook Bridge 6
  • Aid Station #15 =¬†149k Mabou Trailhead
  • Finish = 160k!

 

  • Note that distances are +/- 2km…so don’t get too flustered if your watch distance doesn’t match up.
  • NO PACERS for 46k or 87k runners.
  • Check the updated MANDATORY GEAR list under “FAQ” section.
  • Crew access anywhere else on the course is prohibited and will result in the runner getting a DQ.
  • 1 pacer per runner and they can only start at Aid Station #11 – Cape Mabou Trailhead (Cow Pasture) at 109k
  • Aid station locations and course revisions may happen up until race day.
  • Stashing gear on the course is prohibited.

*See FAQ section for MANDATORY GEAR list and crew access points.

Price: $235.¬†See registration page for what’s included!

 

Weekend Schedule

Friday August 12, 2022

  • 12:00pm-7:00pm — Check-in/Swag pick up at the Mabou Gaelic College (32 MacDonald Road, Mabou)
  • 7:00pm —¬†Pre-race meeting (mandatory — also at the Mabou Gaelic College)

Saturday August 13, 2022

  • 6:00am — all events start at the Mabou Gaelic College
  • 2:00pm — Awards for 46k¬†at the Mabou Gaelic College

Sunday August 14, 2022

  • 12:00pm — Awards for 87k and 160k¬†at the Mabou Gaelic College
  • 6:00pm — 100 mile course closes

Aid Station Fare

Water, Coke, Ginger Ale, Tailwind.

Gummies, M&Ms, chips, pretzels, beef jerky, bananas, and watermelon.

We’ll most likely have other oddball items thrown into the mix as well.

From KM 103 to the finish of the 100 miler, we will have some warm food through the night (soup/broth, grilled cheese sandwiches/quesadillas and potatoes).

Crewing Rule #1: If it doesn’t say “crew accessible”, your crew is not allowed.

Crewing Rule #2: “Receiving aid” anywhere outside the designated areas from your crew (or another crew) will result in a DQ.

Mandatory Gear

It is MANDATORY that all runners, in every distance/event, have the following items with them at all times:

  • bottles/flasks/reservoirs that can hold up to 1L of fluids
  • a waterproof jacket
  • a basic 1st Aid kit (2 metres of duct tape, a tensor bandage, band-aids, emergency blanket)
  • food & drink
  • whistle
  • a charged cell phone (with the RD’s phone number)
  • headlamp(s) and spare batteries for 88km and 162km (can be picked up later in the race)
  • toque or buff
  • course map (on your phone or printed)
  • lighter/matches
  • knife

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:

  • gloves
  • sunscreen
  • bug repellent
  • warm layer for upper body
  • rain pants
  • compass

OFFICIALLY PROHIBITED:

  • any music playing device that requires earbuds
  • music/podcasts/etc being played on a speakerphone is also not allowed
  • dogs and/or other pets on the course

Pacers…

Only the 160km runners will have a pacer option. Your 1 and only pacer can only be picked up at KM 109 (Cow Pasture Trailhead on Cape Mabou Road)

Note: “muling” is prohibited. This means that your pacer cannot carry any¬†gear for you and you can not borrow any gear from your pacer.

 

Closest Airports

Sydney Airport: 1h55m drive

Halifax Stanfield International Airport: 3hr drive

Moncton Airport: 3h45m drive