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Gruelling Cape to Cabot race Sunday

Ed Durnford, shown here closing out a recent Cape to Cabot road race on Signal Hill, is the course record-holder in the masters division.
Ed Durnford, shown here closing out a recent Cape to Cabot road race on Signal Hill, is the course record-holder in the masters division.

The 11th Cape to Cabot 20 kilometre run, perhaps the most challenging race on the provincial road race calendar, is slated for 8 o’clock Sunday morning.

Registration is closed, with 500 runners set to toe the start line at Cape Spear. The race takes runners out Blackhead Rd., through Shea Heights, downtown St. John’s, concluding with the grind of a run up Signal Hill, ending at Cabot Tower.

Some numbers associated with the race are: 550 meter elevation gain, 450 metre elevation drop, only three of the 20 kilometres are run on flat ground, and the course features four major climbs.

Defending champions are Jason Guy, who finished in a time of 1:17.35 last year, and Kate Bazeley (1:21.34). The course record-holders are Will Fitzgerald (1:12.24 in 2008) and Bazeley (1:21.19 in 2013). Masters record-holders are Ed Durnford (1:18.03 in 2015) and Carolina McIlroy (1:24.19 in 2014).

To kick off race weekend, the Orangetheory Fitness Cape to Cabot 2017 Health Expo is set for 1-5 p.m. today at the Marine Institute in St. John’s.

Curler Mark Nichols will speak about “Fitness at Any Level” at 2 p.m.

Running-related health and product vendors who will be represented at the Expo include Orangetheory Fitness, Outfitters Adventures, Splash ’n Dash, YMCA, Active Health Chiropractic, The Healthy Root, Canadian Mental Health Association, Avalon Laser Health, Live Without Pain, Premier Athletic Therapy, Voxxlife Socks, Nova Physiotherapy, Core Insight, Academy Canada Massage Therapy, Running Room, Gina Rideout, Robyn Reynolds RMT, Canadian Cancer Society, Forever Living, Winterholme, Crossfit Islander and Lululemon.

Admission is free.

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