We were the first female relay team to run the Bruce Trail, uninterrupted, from end to end.
The Nous Bruce Project was an end-to-end relay run of Ontario’s Bruce Trail. In May 2016 , together as a team of women, we covered the 894km distance of the Bruce Trail from Tobermory to Queenston, uninterrupted.
It took 5 days, 17 hours, and 56 minutes.
Thank you to everyone who supported our adventure.
Our Bruce Trail relay was a story-telling project. Our blog has plenty of stories about why we attempted the relay, pre-run jitters, and our reflections on setting the first time for an end to end female relay of the Bruce Trail.
My first thought when asked to be a part of the Nous Bruce project was, “I’m not going to be able to do that.” Looking back on my reaction I think it is a common one for people who are not used to doing things outside of their comfort zones. What made me feel that way? Was it my anxiety? A lack of self confidence? There were many reasons.
Taking part in the Nous Bruce Project helped to reinforce the fact that when women support each other, incredible things happen. In a world where most sports events are driven by competition and jealousy, it was a breath of fresh air (literally) to be included in this project that stood for inclusion and encouragement.
Participating in the Nous Bruce Project has changed my relationship with running, and helped me learn enormously about sustained motivation. For me, the most challenging part about being able to realize this project, and the most notable outcome, has been about the mental game.
It’s over. It doesn’t feel like it yet, but this morning we finished our relay - the first and fastest uninterrupted relay run of the entire Bruce Trail by an all female team. We ran the last 5 km to the southern terminus cairn all together. We ran as the sun came up, we touched the monument, we giggled and whooped for joy as we armed each other in a big group hug, and then we took a bow.
When we were planning the Nous Bruce Project we had a number of questions about how we were going ensure the safety of our runners. How were we going to communicate in an area with patchy cell reception? How would we know if we were getting off-trail? If a runner was going off-trail would we be able to let them know? What if something bad happened to a runner? How would we get them out of the woods?
We're excited to announce that Enterprise Carshare is the newest member of the #NousBruce team! They're helping us surmount some of the challenges you face when you're planning an incredibly large project while living car-less in Canada's largest city.
The last three months have been a lesson in patience and about learning to go with the flow (or as I like to call it: “planning not to plan.”)
We all have it in us to harness our discomfort for the better. I consider myself an endurance athlete because I have the mentality of an endurance athlete: I don’t do athletic feats because they come easy to me, I do them despite the fact that they come hard.
Karolina has decided to join various run crews in the heart of Toronto in the hopes that doing so will make me progress from “non-runner” to “runner” and eventually “better runner”. In this post, Karolina shares some of her experiences.
We hope to inspire other women to make the most of their lives - to participate, get outside, and to get active - despite the fears we all face.
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Many thanks to the following sponsors!
Christine Elliott, Gwen Brydso, C Ellwand, Phil Brasseur, Barb Castellan, Dianne Ytsma, Cindy Shapton, Matt Roorda, Erin Toop, Susan Tomovcik, Nathaniel Brown, Emily Wilson, Kim Lowry, Tejas Madhur, Gil Penalosa, Stephen Gillis, Emmy Podell, Lisa Fox, Punky Brewster, Robert Baxter, Audrie VanderWerf, Kristina Frappier, Emily Harrison, Janice & Chris Cleary, Denise Price, Nora Fyles, Deborah Cauley, Ruth Calman, Tasha Diloreto, Brenda Thorne, Erin LeCompte, Laura Bicknell, Steve Thorne, 8 80 Cities, Alanna Magder, Mark Whitcombe, Sarah Ralston, Chris Mansbridge, Candice Ng, James Malone, Judi Wilson, Felix Whitton, Lauren English, Stephanie Ireland, Miranda Priestman, Emily Munroe, Audrey Madsen, Alison Ramsay, Emma Ramsay, Caitlin Allan, Daniel Gutierrez, Michelle Nadler, Isabel Costa, Denise Wittmann, Tina Kainth, Julie Holmes, Katherine MB, Avery Bird, Dale Semple, Vicki Lee, Laurie Bell, Anita Bird, John Bird, Louise Hansen.
& our friends and family for all your support!
The Nous Bruce Project is an initiative of The Nous Adventure Co. We're a platform to encourage women to participate in sports, recreation, and physical activity.