Cabot Trail Relay Race

Competitive runners who are at least 18 years old by race weekend are welcome. However, please note that this is a very demanding race and all runners should be able to run a 5:36 minute/km (9:00 min/mile) to participate.


In 1988 the idea of holding a relay race around the Cabot Trail was created, and 6 teams of 17 runners per team tested out the feasibility of the idea. Thus was created one of the largest and most popular running events in eastern Canada. Now 70 teams from across Canada and the US compete in an event marked by team spirit and camaraderie. More than 1000 runners travel the Cabot Trail which offers some of the most challenging and spectacular terrain in North America.

The race takes place at the end of May in the shoulder tourist season and has done much to boost the economy of the small area, and encourages community groups to host fund raising events at the time of the relay. The race makes a contribution to the 3 hospitals along the race route, and in 1995 was instrumental in setting up bursaries for each of the four high schools on the Cabot Trail.

The race is organized by a dedicated group of volunteers who work hard to ensure that this event is truly memorable for all runners from recreational to highly competitive. In accordance with our mission statement we invite you to be a part of our truly unique event in the name of friendship and safety.

Mission Statement

The Cabot Trail Relay Association is committed to the promise of a unique running event, characterized by camaraderie, good sportsmanship and technical efficiency.

The Cabot Trail Relay will be organized and run in a manner that supports the sense of community and economic development of the Cabot Trail.