Paddlefest Wharf to Wharf 19k and 11k

Paddlefest Wharf to Wharf 19k and 11k

St. Andrews, New Brunswick
May 20th, 2023

The event takes place during Paddlefest with an provisional entry cap of 100 runners. The first 50 people signed up get entry to the afternoon show in the big tent with Live Music by a local artist (to be announced), taking place starting at 12pm. (NOTE: There is a 19km course which includes a loop around Minister's Island and a shorter 11km option which does not cross the bar to the island)

All runners must have proper footware (trail running shoes with good support and protection from sharp rocks and to provide traction on the slippery surfaces) and must carry a cell phone in case of emergency on the remote sections of this challenging course.

With our amazingly pristine and varied beaches, the St. Andrews area is ideally situated to host a Trail Run. Runners will have to choose their own path along the beach and the wide expanse of beach at the start will allow for self-seeding in the first mile. The mix of rock, seaweed, sand, and mud make beach running particularly challenging, yet unique. Poles or a piece of driftwood come in very handy.

As part of Paddlefest each year, this event – the Wharf to Wharf 19k Beach Run (or the newer 11km Mayor's shortcut option) will take place at times dictated by the outgoing/incoming tide. Athletes will start on the West side of Market Wharf, proceed on the beach for the first mile to Pottery Creek, then jump up onto pavement for the next 2 miles from Brandy Cove Road to Marine Science Drive. Then, crossing Bayview Drive to Cornelia St and Mowat Drive, runners would run down the Bar Road, and starting at mile 3, cross over the tidal bar to Minister’s Island. The remainder of the run is entirely on the beach. Beach Maps provided at start, with on course officials at any intersection where you might lose your way.

Once on Minister's Island, runners will stay on the beach circumnavigate the tidal island in a clockwise direction. When they have run the perimeter of Ministers Island and return to the mainland, they will stay on the beach and continue south to the St Andrews Point and peninsula until they arrive back at the East side of the Wharf near the starting location.

The total distance is around 19km and takes an average of about 2.0-3.0 hours, with the 11k option taking less time. The Minister’s Island Crossover opening time on May 20 is expected to be about 6:30am. Runners will depart in a mass start this year. All runners must complete the circuit around Ministers Island and be back across the tidal bar by 9:30am due to the incoming tide.

Insurance and Safety:
Runners will need to check in by 7:00am for instructions.
All runners need to be in possession of a cellphone and have proper sturdy trail running shoes.
The St Andrews Fire Department and Charlotte County Ground Search and Rescue are providing runner support with a sweep vehicle and boat rescue services if needed. An emergency number will be provided at the race start and cell phones are required for all runners.

Post-race refreshments will be sponsored by our good friends at Greystone at the end of the race.

Here is a link for the run: https://fastestknowntime.com/route/st-andrews-ministers-island-beach-run-nb-canada

Here are links for the last two years results:
2021: https://events.runnb.ca/results/paddlefest-wharf-to-wharf-19k/1587/

2022: https://events.runnb.ca/results/paddlefest-wharf-to-wharf-19k/1638/

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Registration Information

  • Online registration: Register
  • Race day registration: No

Contact Us

Kurt Gumushel
kurtgumushel@hotmail.com
Phone: 506-466-8388

Michael Power
powermj@nbnet.nb.ca

Course Information

  • Main distance: 19km
  • Other distances: 11km
  • Start location: town square; market wharf entrance area
  • Start Time: 7:30 am
  • Certified course: No
  • Course records: Chris Watson 1:34:15; Sarah Badger 1:57:39
  • Year established: 2021
  • Course description: Athletes will start on the West side of Market Wharf, proceed on the the beach for the first mile to Pottery Creek, then jump up onto pavement for the next 2 miles from Brandy Cove Road to Marine Science Drive. Then, crossing Bayview Drive to Cornelia St and Mowat Drive, runners would run down the Bar Road, and starting at mile 3, cross over the tidal bar to Minister’s Island. The remainder of the run is entirely on the beach. Runners will stay on the beach around the Island and circumnavigate it in a clockwise direction. When they have run the perimeter and return to the mainland, they would stay on the beach- and continue down the beach all the way around the peninsula until they arrive back at the East side of the Wharf next to the start location. Route is around 19km and takes about 2.0-2.5 hours for a average recreational runner. There are course officials and signage all along the route to ensure all runners stay on course. (NEW: The 11KM option is the loop around the peninsula without crossing the bar over to Minister's Island. Basically the same route, except you take a right at the end of the Bar road for the three miles home)

Prices & Deadlines

Regular deadline:
May 19 at 12:00 noon (Atlantic Time)
110
Days left
:
09
Hours
:
42
Mins
:
52
Secs
Registration fees
  • 19km $45.00 (members only)
  • 19km $50.00 (non-members only)
  • 11km $40.00 (non-members only)
  • 11km $35.00 (members only)

* All prices in CAD $