County Marathon makes its return Oct. 2

John Bauer, of Hamilton, runs up Lake Street toward the finish of the 14th annual County Marathon. The 23-year-old finished 10 minutes ahead of the second-place runner. (Adam Bramburger/Gazette staff)

The runners will be hitting Prince Edward County roads next month as the County Marathon returns to the local sporting landscape.

After a two year pause in the annual fall distance running event that generally attracts upwards of 1,000 participants, organizers are informing the community that the race will take place on Sunday, Oct. 2.

As usual, runners will start in Wellington on Niles St. and make their way east along the Loyalist Parkway before coming into the village of Bloomfield.

A route that takes runners south around West Lake and into Sandbanks Provincial Park remains static as does the trek along County Roads 11 and 10 that leads to the finish line in Picton.

Marathon organizer Mark Henry notes that, as was the case in 2017, participants will finish on Gladstone Ave. due to construction on the east end of Picton Main Street.

“It will be a 2 km detour like we had back in 2017,” Henry told the Gazette. “With the OPP and local volunteers on the course,  we hope no one is overly inconvenienced by this19th annual Prince Edward County Hospital Foundation fundraising event.”

In its first year of operation since 2019, organizers have chosen not to run the Team Challenge this year.  Always a popular draw, the team event was logistically too much for group to take on in the post- pandemic world. 

“We do have a new event year which is the 50 KM Ultra.  The course for this race is a 7.8 KM loop off of our main course in the Sandbanks Park.  The scenery is spectacular – and with Ultras so often run on trails this should prove to be an increasingly popular course in future years,” Henry said. 

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