By definition, an ‘ultra marathon’ is any endurance race longer than the standard marathon length of 42.2 km (or 26.2 miles). A marathon alone is nothing to take lightly, so going beyond that benchmark is a major physical feat. But you don’t need to be fitness fanatic to enjoy a marathon, especially one as picturesque as the Niagara Falls Ultra Marathon.
In 2017 the Niagara Ultra Marathon is taking place on Saturday June 17. The full distance for 2017 is 50 km, but entrants can also sign up instead for the standard marathon-length of 42 km, a half-marathon or the 10 km run – the track has finish lines at all these points.
Niagara Falls Ultra Marathon
Registration is online and anyone participating in the even must register beforehand. As a bonus, register before May 31 and you'll get free swag, a hoodie sweater as an early bird gift.
The track for the marathon begins on King Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake and travels southward, taking the scenic running route along the Niagara River and following the parkway. Passing through Queenston, the allocated path continues down to just past the Table Rock Welcome Centre, right near the falls themselves, where the 50 km runners turn around and head back the way they came to finish where they began at King Street.
The track is green most of the way, using the Parkway Trail to keep close to the river where possible and surrounded by natural forestry. This isn’t a marathon known for many onlookers or massive crowds of spectators – the journey is relatively quiet. If you opt to walk one of the shorter available lengths, the experience becomes quite peaceful. Race registration costs also go towards the Bruce Trail Conservancy, protecting the natural ecosystem, so you’re by participating you’re helping keep that view preserved as well.
Run Past Niagara's Best Attractions
Along the way the sights range from natural beauty and Canadian history – from the Niagara River and Gorge itself, to Fort George, the Floral Clock, and for architectural enthusiasts the trails runs right by the massive hydroelectric generators just south of Queenston.
The distances of the ultra marathon may be intimidating to the layperson, but events with varying distances like the Niagara Falls Ultra have a variety of options for all fitness levels, to make it an accessible and enjoyable experience for everyone.
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