Events & Attraction Reviews

Hi! And welcome to the Trek and Run Review page of Events we’ve taken part in and Attractions we’ve visited. When you’re ready to go back to the main site, click here – www.trekandrun.com But before then, please browse the categories on the right of the page to see the events and attractions as reviewed by us and our readers. If you’d like to see your own review on these pages then email your report, together with a few low resolution photos, to dave@trekandrun.com

The Grand Caledonia Half Marathon – Oct 7th 2017

The Trek and Run Team were supported during this event by; Kusaga Athletic Salba Chia Dave ran as usual, Virgil ran in a Mudfish costume! Dave – The Grand Caledonia Half Marathon course winds through some built up areas but also lots of rolling country roads and a fair few kms of lovely trail along the Grand River. It’s a hilly, pretty course taking in lovely Ontario countryside at the peak of Harvest time. Here’s a map of the course and a view from it, near the start line. The event…

Run for the Toad Trail Weekend – September 30th 2017

The Trek and Run Team were supported during this event by; Kusaga Athletic Salba Chia Run for the Toad is an annual trail running event for all the family that takes place at Pinehurst Lake Conservation area in Ontario. Before we talk more about the event, here’s a film that’ll give you an idea of what we experienced at the Expo and the race itself Ok, that should answer a lot of questions you might have. Here’s a few more observations. This is my favourite trail event of 2017. The…

Tobermory Trail Race Weekend – September 23, 2017

by Michael Brunelle The 2nd annual Tobermory Trail Race Weekend took place in late September at the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula in the iconic harbour village of Tobermory, Ontario.  Known for the Fathom Five National Marine Park, home to Flowerpot Island with its interesting rock formations, 19th century lighthouses, shipwreck dive sites, and the famous Chi Cheemaun Ferry,  there is plenty to see and do in this popular destination.   The event had many options including a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, and a 5k race Sunday on…

The Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour Self-Transcendence Race, Ottawa – July 2017

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia Brooks Running Tailwind Nutrition & Helly Hansen Dave and Virgil from the Trek and Run Team took on the challenge of this 24 Hour Event. Here’s what they thought of the day. First up is Dave’s film, which will give you some idea of the experience. All photos kindly supplied by Prabhakar Street - http://www.pjtstreet.com/ Dave – The focus of this event was self transcendence, that is, to try to do better than you have done before. For me that…

The North Face Endurance Challenge, Ontario – 2017

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia Brooks Running Tailwind Nutrition & Helly Hansen All the blurry photos of us (and the landscapes) were taken by us, all the really good photos of us in action were taken by Ken Schuh of  Ultra Race Photos  Four of the Trek and Run team took part, Trevor ran the 50k course and Brian, Virgil and Dave took on the 50 mile. Here’s what they thought of the day out. First of all, Dave’s film from last year’s 50…

The Anatomy of a Running Tattoo

The idea started in April with a carpet, the carpet that we’d been sleeping on all week during the Marathon des Sables. Gareth, one of the 5 other runners I’d been sharing the basic shelter with… …looked at the design on the edge of it and said, ‘I think I might use that in some way to add to my tattoo sleeve…’ I recognised the ‘X’ symbol as that of the Berber free man. The Berber’s are a tribe that inhabit many North African countries and it was men from that…

Toronto Waterfront 10k

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia Brooks Running Tailwind Nutrition & Helly Hansen Virgil – The fact that Lululemon was sponsoring this race as well as the race shirts suggested that the event was going to be popular with women. In fact, I read post-race that 68% of the field was female, and that was readily apparent as soon as I got to the corrals. That’s good to see, it felt ‘right’ to have a more even mix between the sexes and it also, to be honest, brought a…

The Marathon des Sables, Morocco – April 2017

Dave was supported during the MDS by Salba Chia – http://salbasmart.com/ Helly Hansen – https://www.hellyhansen.com Brooks Running – http://www.brooksrunning.com Tailwind Nutrition – https://www.tailwindnutrition.com/ Haglofs – http://www.haglofs.com/gb/en Bloc Eyewear – https://www.bloceyewear.com/ The Beehive, Rome – http://www.the-beehive.com/ All aerial photos, impressive landscape shots and full length portraits of me have been kindly supplied by the MDS. The film below that I made should give you a solid idea of what to expect from the MDS experience. There’s a great 10 minute long interview at the end with my 2 tentmates Jeanne and Gareth who between…

The Rome Marathon

Trek and Run were supported during the Rome Marathon by The Beehive, Rome – http://www.the-beehive.com/ Salba Chia – http://salbasmart.com/ Helly Hansen – https://www.hellyhansen.com Brooks Running – http://www.brooksrunning.com Tailwind Nutrition – https://www.tailwindnutrition.com/ Haglofs – http://www.haglofs.com/gb/en Bloc Eyewear – https://www.bloceyewear.com/ We decided that this marathon film wasn’t just going to be about the race, and instead focus just as much on the many great things you can expect to experience on a trip to Rome. The hotel, the restaurants, the museums and the sights (especially the sights you might want to see if…

Five Films

During the lead up to the Marathon des Sables, I travelled from Toronto to London, then to Rome, and Paris before flying to Morocco. There were 3 races in as many weeks and a great many fascinating friends. I took a little video footage of experiences that interested me as I went. I thought of making it into one long film but having done that and seen it come out at nearly three and a half hours, I knew if I wanted anybody to watch it I had to somehow…