The trail, which is entirely on private land, is a 3km loop around Ashburn Lake in Saint John, N.B. The loop has 90 meters (295ft) of climbing/descending per lap on moderately technical trail. Most of the climbing happens on one small hill that takes you up to a lookout and features a great view of Ashburn lake and Loon island. It is an absolute gem of a trail, one that is worthy spending 24hrs on.
The entire property is rented for this race, so the trails are exclusive to the Loonie Loops crew only!
Race headquarters (aka, start/finish) is at the YMCA Glenn Carpenter Centre, which during the week plays host to summer kid's camps.
This area has lots of room where runners and crew can setup their own aid stations/tent. This is optional, as we will have a big spread available for the runners (see the 2023 athlete guide for the aid station 'menu'.)
The parking is roughly 200-600m away.
History of the Glenn Carpenter Centre
Glenn Carpenter was a community builder, a businessman and an early adopter of social entrepreneurship. A proud New Brunswicker and ultimate visionary, Glenn understood the potential of his province that he strived to unlock by advocating for strong, healthy communities.
In addition to founding storage solutions company Tabufile Atlantic Limited, Glenn was a dedicated volunteer. He was a long-time member of the Y Service Club, an avid supporter of Junior Achievement New Brunswick, and he played an integral role in the development of the Crane Mountain recycling and composting facility. A humble and selfless character, Glenn often used his platform to champion the important causes he held dear.
Though this was exemplified in many of his actions, he memorably used his entire Outstanding Business Award acceptance speech to promote the importance of blood donation in 1986.
The 2023 Loonie Loops will go down in history for not only being the first 24hrs trail race in New Brunswick, but also because of the epic weather conditions. For those reasons your Race Director wants to say thank you!
Some of the beautiful sights along the way
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
More sponsors to come. Please stay tuned to our social media.
TITLE SPONSOR OF LOONIE LOOPS
At Fundy Coast Counselling and Therapy Services, Adam Tremblay and Anne Daley are dedicated to empowering individuals to reach their potential; using evidence based therapeutic practices; to create meaningful, lasting positive, life changes and achieve their mental health and wellness goals.
"We were inspired to provide sponsorship to this event in recognition of the direct connection that physical activity, time outdoors, and a sense of community has on people’s mental health and wellness. As both Counselling Therapists and avid runners ourselves, we felt it was important to acknowledge and support these valuable opportunities provided by the Saint John Trail Running community."
PARTNERS OF LOONIE LOOPS
Gussy Gives is a brand new foundation that provides support to social entrepreneurship, animal welfare and education initiatives in New Brunswick.
Gussy Gives' first initiative is aimed at supporting Kaléidoscope Social Impact, a charitable organization that invest in and builds affordable housing throughout New Brunswick.
In this first instalment they are selling raffle tickets for a 1969 Camaro Coupe (value at $85,000) or 50% of the pot.
Source Atlantic Limited is an innovative and industry-leading wholesale distributor passionate about delivering value and exceptional service to customers in Canada and beyond.
Partnering with hundreds of world-class suppliers, we offer a multitude of specialized and technical services, and have many value-added business solutions designed to improve customers' efficiency and productivity.
With roots in Saint John dating back to 1867, Source Atlantic is passionate about supporting our local community. This year we are proud to sponsor Loonie Loops and the YMCA Strong Communities Fund.
FRIENDS OF LOONIE LOOPS
Loyalist City Brewing Co. are brewers of consistent, top quality local craft beer made from only the finest ingredients available. Significant investments are made each year in research, development, and innovation.
Owner, Mark McGraw is involved in Saint John Trail Running community, and understands the importance of a nice cold craft beer at the end of a big adventure. He has spent many years perfecting his craft, and from personal experience, he has NAILED IT!