Ontario’s race with the smallest footprint!
Get Out There Magazine – 2014 Race Report
Get Out There Magazine – 2013 Race Report
Come be a part of Northern Ontario’s longest, toughest and most remote trail run! Enjoy breathtaking scenery of the Laurentian Mountains in the peak of the autumn colours. The 5th annual Run Off-the-Grid is gearing up to be the best year yet!
There are no roads and no pavement. The course is 100% trail and completely remote. It is you, your footsteps and the quiet of the wilderness. Are you ready to break away from the Grid?
The course is a 12.5 km loop with a mix of terrain from various single track sections, old forest logging roads, rolling hills, super steep hills, fast flatter sections, technical rocky sections, creek crossings and a short section through a gravel pit with a sand dune to slide down. Each additional loop is completed in the opposite direction, which makes it feel like a 25 km loop….. plus everyone loves the community feeling of the lapping runners cheering each other on.
New to trail running or long distance running? Not sure you can handle the challenge?
Participants are welcome to hike the 12.5K or 25K course and complete it at your own pace. The focus is on ‘completion’ and not the time that it takes to get it done. All that is required is the right motivation and anyone can do it!
What are the runners saying about the Run Off-the-Grid?
“I was delighted yet again by the scenery of the lakes, forests and people…traversed over 3 creeks, wiggled sharply around technical aspects of the forest and released the kid from within for 25 kms of balancing varieties of undulating earthy terrain. What a blast! Was splendidly welcomed with warm friendly volunteers and compassionately supportive race directors, serving up the finest lentil chili and the coldest pint of beer that a weary beat up body could ever crave. If this hasn’t been a part of your running experience, for any trail enthusiast or adventurist, this little gem in Mattawa is a race to endure…purely magical.”
“I haven’t been that dirty and intentionally gone in mud holes that deep since I was a kid….what a rejuvenating feeling. There were moments where I thought it was nuts and not sure how many times I ran up to a bog or an obstacle and said “what the ….”, but now all I remember is how much fun that was! If it’s nice weather next year, the challenge is to figure out how to still have mud holes and bogs! Please.”
“I spent most of the race thinking ‘why would anyone do this on purpose?’. And now I can’t wait to start training for the next one. Thanks for making my first race ever a terrific experience. Dinner and the eco-shower alone made it all worthwhile!”