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The Bruce Peninsula Multisport Race (BPMR) is blessed with a natural advantage: location, location, location. Hosted within the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Preserve at the northern tip of one of Ontario’s favourite destinations, the rugged course offers stunning views of Georgian Bay’s storied turquoise waters, dramatic cliffs and ancient cedar trees, even as it showcases the region’s mixed forests, back roads and gentle farmland.

Launching its sixth iteration on August 13, 2016, near Wiarton, Ont., the BPMR presents elite athletes with the daunting 100-kilometre Buff Long Course. Open to solo competitors, tandem and relay teams (there is also a masters category), the race kicks off as participants embark on an early-morning 16-kilometre kayak with the sun rising over Georgian Bay. The lake leg is followed by more than 60 kilometres of intensive mountain biking on single and double track boasting what organizers describe as “gut-busting climbs,” while the 21-kilometre running portion that follows challenges racers with its uneven terrain, steep hills, loose rocks and narrow passages.

Less overwhelming races are available in the 25-kilometre Suntrail Course (paddle-bike-run) and a pair of duathlons that toggle paddle-bike-paddle and run-bike run formats. Kids can compete too—there’s a crazy-obstacle bike course and a fun-obstacles trail run. Not only do these events mean families can play together, but it inspires adventure-race passion in the next generation. At the BPMR, participants and visitors alike enjoy the laid-back hospitality of a race that takes elegant advantage of the natural world. After all, you’re in the Bruce: It’s a hard venue to resist.

For more information, please visit brucepeninsulamultisportrace.ca