August 4th, 2019

Kivi Park, Sudbury Ontario Canada

In Support of Miles Against Cancer

Experience the Adventure of Racing and Exploring the Great Canadian Shield!

A 100% CHARITABLE destination event in Canada’s renowned ‘Cottage Country’ in support of the Northern Cancer Foundation’s Miles Against Cancer fund.

Event Highlights

  • 10 direct qualifying spots to the XTERRA World Championships in Maui Hawaii, USA (Top Male and Female per 10 year grouping with roll-down to 3rd)
  • 100% charitable event in support of the Northern Cancer Foundation’s Miles Against Cancer fund
  • Race and stay in pristine Cottage Country
  • Kids event options
  • Open to everyone!

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XTERRA 2019 World Tour

2018 XTERRA World Championships Highlights!

Race Overview

Race Overview

Event date: August 4th, 2019.

Location: Kivi Park, Sudbury Ontario, Canada.

Address: 4472 Long Lake Rd, Sudbury, ON P3G 1K4 – Approximately 10 min from Sudbury and 4 hrs north of Toronto.

XTERRA Conquer the Crater: a race like no other!

100% in support of the Northern Cancer Foundation’s Miles Against Cancer fund,  XTERRA Conquer the Crater is set on 450+ acres of Cambrian Shield overlooking Long Lake in Sudbury.  Kivi Park itself is entirely operated by volunteers and is a premier destination for sport, outdoor activity and adventure.

Element Racing is proud to join forces with MAC to bring the world class style of XTERRA racing to Ontario’s cottage country.

Registration Options

Registration Options

The registration fees below does not include the HST.

Race Early Bird March 31  – July 18th 11:59pm EST July 19th – August 2, 8:00pm EST
Full Distance Triathlon – Open to everyone!

min age 18 as of Dec 31 2019

XTERRA World Qualifier event

$105 $120 $135
Full Distance Triathlon  – RELAY

min age 18 as of Dec 31 2019

$120 $145 $170

min age 16 as of Dec 31 2019

$105 $120 $135
Short Distance Triathlon

min age 16 as of Dec 31 2019

$85 $100 $120
Short Distance Triathlon – RELAY

min age 18 as of Dec 31 2019

$100 $130 $150
Trail Run Short (approx. 5km)

min age 12 as of Dec 31 2019

$40 $45 $50
Trail Run Long (9-11km)

min age 18 as of Dec 31 2019

$50 $55 $60
Kids Duathlon $25 $25 $30
Sudbury Saturday Night Run and Social FREE FREE FREE
For 2019, there will be a total race cap of 500 participants across all disciplines. Please note that there will be a limited amount of same day registration available…. So don’t risk it 🙂
Race Information

Race Information

Race fee includes entry, chip timing with splits, post race meal, race event gift, and park entry fee(s).

Important Notes:

  • Online registration will close Wednesday, August 2nd, 2019 at 8:00pm EST


Closest Airport:

  • If flying internationally, fly to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) then to Greater Sudbury Airport (YSB) .
  • Flying to Sudbury: Greater Sudbury Airport (YSB) (multiple West Jet, Air Canada, and Porter flights per day).

Accommodations: Please visit Discover Sudbury for all local travel ideas: Discover Sudbury

Camping – There are a variety of private campgrounds both for tenting and RV’s.  Contact Discover Sudbury for further information.  Unfortunately there is no overnight camping currently permitted at Kivi Park.

Cottage/Cabin Rental – You are in Ontario’s cottage country and visiting on a long weekend!  Why not make this a summer vacation?  If this is of interest to you, best to book early as these option tend to get scooped up early regardless of race weekend!

Maps and Distances


Race Swim Mountain Bike Trail Run Maps
Full Off-Road Triathlon and Relay

Min age 18

1200m – double lap 26-30km
Two loops of the bike course
9-11km Kivi Park Trail Maps
Short Off-road Triathlon and Relay

Min age 16

600m – single lap 15km
loop of the bike course
Kivi Park Trail Maps
1st Run Mountain Bike 2nd Run Maps
Off-Road Duathlon

Min age 18

loop of the run course
loops of the bike course
Kivi Park Trail Maps
Trail Run  5-7km

Min age 10

 OR 9-11km

Min age 16

Kivi Park Trail Maps
KIDS Event (more to come)  250m  1.5km 1km Kivi Park Trail Maps
Event Timeline

Event Timeline

Race Packet Pickup
Date Time
 Thursday, August 1st  KIDS EVENT On-line Registration Closed – 8:00pm EST
 Friday, August 2nd  On-line Registration Closed – 8:00pm EST
 Friday, August 2nd  KIDS EVENT Race Packet Pick-up – In Town – More details to come!
Saturday, August 3rd Kids Event Day – 7am final race packet pickup, 8:30am start of the first kids event.
Saturday, August 3rd Race Packet Pick-up – 12 pm – 5pm Kivi Park
Saturday, August 3rd FREE ‘Sudbury Saturday Night’ run and social – 7pm, Kivi Park
Sunday, August 4th XTERRA Conquer the Crater RACE DAY – Limited race packet pick-up available
Important Dates
Date Details
March 31 Early Bird Registration expires at 11:59pm EST
July 18 FINAL Price Increase at 11:59pm EST
August 1 KIDS EVENT ONLY 8pm EST- Online Registration closes
August 2 ALL OTHER EVENTS 8pm EST- Online Registration closes
August 3  FREE ‘Sudbury Saturday Night’ Run and Social
August 3  Kids Event Day 7 am – 12 pm
August 3  Race Kit Pick-up at Kivi Park 12-5pm
August 4 RACE DAY!  Good Luck to all!
Time Details
6:30am Race kit pick-up opens at Kivi Park
7:00am Transition zone opens
8:00am Race registration and kit pick-up CLOSED for all events
8:50am Start of the first wave of the FULL TRIATHLON and FULL RELAY
8:57am Start of the DUATHLON
9:15am Start of all TRAIL RUNs
Time Details
7:00am Race kit pick-up opens at the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
7:00am Transition zone opens
8:00am Race registration and kit pick-up CLOSED for all events
8:30am Start of the first wave of the SHORT TRIATHLON and SHORT RELAY
2:00pm All trails re-opened to the public for regular use. Thank-you!
KIDS EVENT (Saturday August 3rd 2019)

WHEN: Saturday Morning August 3rd 2019

WHERE: Kivi Park

WHAT: Kids Duathlon (These are non-technical courses.  Training wheels will be permitted for ages 3-5)


  • August 1st 2019 8:00pm – online registration for the kids events closes
  • August 2nd 2019 evening – Kids event only race packet pickup in town (location to be announced)
  • August 3rd 2019 7am – Kids event only race packet pick-up at Kivi Park opens
  • August 3rd 2019 8:30am – Start of the 3-5 years old duathlon
  • August 3rd 2019 12pm – All events expected to be wrapped up and complete

Summary: Let the kids have the spotlight!  This will be a non-timed and non-competative event.  Each child will have a race bib and each child will receive a finishers medal when crossing the finish line.  There will be no podium awards as the aim is to give the children the experience and to keep it fun!

There will be more details release regarding this event in the weeks and months to come so check back here often to learn more.




Age Grouping Run 1 Bike Run 2
3-5 years old 100m 500m 100m
6-7 years old 200m 1km 500m
8-9 years old 250m 3km 1km
10-11 years old 300m 5km 2km
12-13 years old 350m 8km 2.5km
14-15 years old 400m 10km 3km

PLEASE NOTE: All distances listed above are approximate and are subject to change with the advice of Triathlon Ontario

FREE Sudbury Saturday Night Run and Social

Welcome to the ‘Sudbury Saturday Night’ Run and Social

WHEN: August 3rd 2019 7:00pm (the evening before the main event!)

WHERE: Kivi Park, Sudbury Ontario Canada

WHAT IS IT?: This is a free, non-competative shakeout/social run lead by a local run shop.  Its a chance to get out a bit of nervous energy before race day.  Its an easy run pace with multiple paces, ideal as a warm-up/warm-down before getting some final rest ahead of your big day.  Its also a chance to meet some of your fellow competitors in a non-competative atmosphere.

After the run, there will be a gathering in town at a local establishment.

Come for either one or both!

If you are intending to join us, please let us know when you register just so we can have an idea of numbers.

Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations

Please review all the rules and regulations prior to your race.

Minimum Age Requirements:

Full Triathlon / Relay and Duathlon – 18 Years of age as of December 31st of the race year

Short Triathlon / Relay  – 16 Years of age as of December 31st of the race year

5km Trail Run – 10 Years of age as of December 31st of the race year

9-11km Trail Run – 16 Years of age as of December 31st of the race year

Race Entry Refund Policy

Refunds are for medical reasons only: 75% refunded 4 weeks prior to race, 50% refunded 2 weeks prior to race. Absolutely no refunds for any reason within 2 weeks of any race. No refunds if event is cancelled due to inclement weather.

Directions and Trail Map


Kivi Park Map

Kivi Park Trail System Map

Prizes and Awards

Prizes and Awards

  • Race category is based on your age as of December 31st, 2019
  • Full Distance Triathlon will have awards on 10 year increments for both male and female. Example female 20-29, 30-39 etc.
  • XTERRA World Spots will be awarded in 10 year increments as above with the exception of the first category being 18-29.
  • For 2019 XTERRA is restricting the roll down of the world spots to 3 deep per age grouping and will be awarding on the spot during the awards ceremony post event.
  • Short Distance Triathlon will have awards on 10 year increments for both male and female. Example female 20-29, 30-39 etc.
  • The Duathlon and Trail Run will have awards for 39 and under, 40 and over for both male and female. Example male 39 and under, male 40 and over
  • Relays will be awarded as top 3 overall with teams of 2 and teams of 3 competing together as one event.
  • Overall podium finisher (1st, 2nd, 3rd, male and female overall) will be awarded for the overall placing, but not repeated for age group placing.  Therefore if the first overall female happens to be in the 30-39 age group.  The next fastest female in that category will be awarded first finisher for the 30-39 female age category.
  • Please know that our future plans are to grow our awards categories as our participant numbers grow.
Director's Notes

A note from John (owner of XTERRA Conquer the Crater)

Sudbury Ontario has had a long history of professional, amateur, and recreational athletes performing on the world stage, from NHL all-stars, to age-groupers at the Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii, to hosting the World Junior Championships in 2010.  More impressively, as a community, we also host a number of athletic charity events.   The Northern Cancer Foundation’s Miles Against Cancer (MAC) fund, a local Northern Ontario Pediatric Cancer fund, is thrilled to announce its partnership with Element Racing to bring a world-class off-road triathlon to Sudbury, being held at the beautiful Kivi Park.

Off-road triathlon racing, much like all endurance racing in Northern Ontario, embraces the elements of the unknown, the uncontrollable, and the un-plannable. For those seeking a break from the predictability of traditional triathlon racing, the combination of a remote pristine lake swim, double and single-track mountain bike trails and a grueling cross-country running course will push the most accomplished athlete into the discomfort zone.

So here is what we are proposing Sudbury! Northern Cancer Foundation’s Miles Against Cancer fund in partnership with Element Racing is brining XTERRA: Conquer the Crater to Kivi Park, on August 4, 2019. As part of the XTERRA world tour, Sudbury Ontario will now be a premier destination and home to a world championship qualifying event.  10  World Age Group spots will be up for grabs to compete at the 2019 XTERRA World Championships in Maui Hawaii, on October 27, 2019.  This event will provide the opportunity for long and short-course athletes in both off-road triathlon and duathlon, cross-country runners, and children to participate in a world class event.

The swim course will be held in pristine Crowley Lake, located within the Kivi Park boundaries, south the park’s main entrance.  For those participating in the duathlon, their race will begin at the same location, where you will be treated to a wonderful double and single-track trail run. All multi-sport athletes will transition through T1.  The bike course will begin with a challenging return to the main park over a wide double-track crusher dust trail, containing 2 long climbs.  The mountain bike course will then take rides across iconic vistas of the Canadian Shield, showcasing the region’s famous rock, pine forests and lakes.  The remainder of the bike course will be a mixture of intermediate to advanced single track and double-track ski trails.  All athletes will transition through T2 onto the cross-country run course, which again will include double-track crusher dust ski trails and challenging single-track hiking trails.  This race course is designed so that cyclists and runners will not have to share the same trails.  Both the bike and run course will take you through some of the most challenging trails within the Canadian Shield, taxing your legs on short and long steep ascents and requiring bike handling and running skills during the descents. While nothing on the course is scary or dangerous, the technical sections will certainly reward the skilled riders.

Element Racing has a long history of developing and providing fun, unique, and world-class events for more than a decade.  Our goal is to build off the 11 years of experience that has created events such as XTERRA: Mine Over Matter (4x Canadian Off-Road Triathlon Championship venue), XTERRA: Sleeping Giant, and XTERRA: Parry Sound.  We have big aspirations for our race in the first year, with even more expansion next year.

While there is certainly a lot of excitement and top-level athleticism that is drawn to XTERRA racing, we do not want local participants to feel intimidated.  In addition to the world qualifying long-course off-road triathlon, we will be offering a long-course duathlon as well as a sprint triathlon and duathlon. For those of you wanting to partner up, there will also be a team relay event.  As well, for those not interested in biking, there will be a short and long trail run-only events.  And of course, there will be a Crater Kids mini-duathlon.  We will have lots of surprises and activities for the kids on site, as well as some amazing local food and beverages for the non-kids.

Perhaps the most unique part of XTERRA: Conquer the Crater being held at Kivi Park, is that the event is 100% charitable.  Miles Against Cancer (MAC) is a paediatric cancer charity under the umbrella of the Northern Cancer Foundation, whereby 100% of all proceeds from this race event will go to local children and families living with and beyond cancer. MAC is a locally founded fund (for more information please visit

We hope you can fit this amazing race into your calendar.  You won’t want to miss it.

Who will be the first to Conquer the Crater?

All the best,

John M. Macdonald, Co-Race Director at MAC/MAC Racing.

How to Qualify for the XTERRA World Championships


XTERRA Conquer the Crater has been awarded 10 direct entry spots for age groupers into the XTERRA World Championships held on October 31st 2019 in Maui Hawaii.

  • Those spots will be divided evenly with 5 going to female racers and 5 going to male racers
  • Within the genders, they will be awarded in the following groupings: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
  • However you will be racing in your corresponding 5 year age group at the XTERRA worlds.
  • You must accept your spot at the event awards ceremony in person otherwise it will be rolled down as per the below.
  • There is a roll down but for 2019 XTERRA is restricting it to 3 deep only. If a finisher does not wish to accept the entry, it will then be rolled down to the next fastest finisher within that gender (only 3 deep for 2019).
  • If you accept a Championship Spots you will have no longer than 2 week post event to validate your entry online before that spot is voided.  It does not roll down after the initial acceptance at the event awards ceremony.
  • For more information about the XTERRA World Championships, please visit their website by clicking here!


In NON-OLYMPIC years it will be mandatory for professional athletes wishing to race at the XTERRA World Championship to compete in at least one XTERRA event during the course of the season.

“The spirit of the rule is to honor the core collection of elite athletes that race with us year-round and support our growing number of XTERRA World Tour Championship events,” said XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas.  “From February through September we offer 29 major races in 22 countries around the world – including 13 in Europe and five in the U.S.  We feel this provides ample opportunity for professionals serious about racing in Maui to compete in at least one qualifying race. We need to honor the commitment and loyalty of the pros that are with us during the year.”

There are four notable exceptions to the rule, which are granted to a) former world champions, b) XTERRA World Tour race champions from previous year, c) sponsor exemptions, and d) extenuating circumstances due to injury.

a) Former XTERRA World Champions are always welcome

b) All World Tour Championship race winners from the previous season will automatically qualify to enter the XTERRA World Championship the following year.

c) The Title Sponsor of the XTERRA World Championship is allowed two racer selections per year.  Presenting Sponsors are allowed one racer selection per year.  The decision as to who receives the sponsor exemptions is made by the managing director in conjunction with each sponsor.

d) The managing director is able to use their best judgment on a case-by-case basis in determining severity of injuries that kept an athlete from competing in a qualified race.

The “must race in one” rule will not be in effect in 2016 and future Olympic years with the understanding triathletes racing for a spot on their national team are confined to a strict schedule.

Athletes interested in receiving a sponsor exemption or wish to explain non-compliance due to injury should email XTERRA at


Frequently Asked Questions

Categories and Wave Starts

Categories and wave starts will be determined closer to the race date as they are determined by participant numbers. The greater the amount of participants, the more categories and waves.

Wave starts will be kept to no more than 150 athletes in the full distance, and no more than 75 athletes in the mini distance. Any changes to this policy will be made public via this website as well as our event e-newsletter. Click here to start receiving the e-newsletter.

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Washrooms and Changing Facilities

Mine over matter was designed to take place in a wilderness type setting. Our main location is situated in what used to be the Kelso Quarry. Basically there are no facilities there but the water filled quarry and large storage hut. We will be bringing in port-o-lets for the washrooms, but there will be no change rooms or showers available on site.