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The Bad Thing 50k

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32.7 mile 52.7 kilometer point to point
96% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,516' 767 m
Descent: -2,221' -677 m
High: 1,014' 309 m
Low: 589' 180 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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Trail shared by Jeremiah Sommer

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The Maitland River Valley becomes the setting for the challenging Maitland Trail ultra marathon

Jeremiah Sommer

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

This trail is maintained by volunteers and runs through private property. Please observe all signage and stay on trail.

Overview

The Maitland Trail is a beautiful and challenging hiking trail the follows the Maitland River from Goderich Ontario on the shore of Lake Huron to the village of Auburn Ontario. Racers will travel between the two towns in a challenging route.

Runner Notes

There are many sections that are covered with roots and rocks. After it rains these areas become incredibly slippery and very challenging.

Description

This trail is mostly singletrack and offers a great challenge for runners from all ability levels. in October TheBad Thing Ultra-Trail Maitland race takes runners from Goderich On to Auburn. The Maitland Trail is very well marked with white blazes on trees, rocks & sign posts.

As one of the only point to point trail races in the area, you won't want to miss this great event! Aid stations are located at the 8k, 16.5k, 28.5k, 36.5k and 40.5k marks, giving racers a chance to refuel and continue to crush this great course!

Runners will enjoy climbing on this scenic course, especially as the trail weaves in and out of natural preserve and along the Maitland River.

Flora & Fauna

You may encounter Deer, Coyote, Raccoon, Skunks and Wild Turkey. Bald Eagle have been spotted along the course. Poison Ivy can grow along the trail in some areas so make sure not to leave the trail.

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Photos

Climbing the log steps in the Boundary Bridge - Sharps Creek section.
Mar 29, 2016 near Goderich, ON
Another racer experiencing the tough technical section from Sharpe's to boundary bridge.
Nov 8, 2016 near Goderich, ON
Technical section through Sharpes Creek.
Nov 8, 2016 near Goderich, ON
Finisher medal.
Nov 7, 2016 near Goderich, ON
Maitland River crossing to finish the race off.
Nov 8, 2016 near Goderich, ON
A welcome break after some gnarly trail!
Nov 7, 2016 near Goderich, ON

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