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It's back! Challenge yourself this summer by joining us for the annual Sudbury Camino, and experience Sudbury in a whole new way!
Inspired by the famous El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage routes, the Sudbury Camino is a free event, and offers a unique Camino-like experience as you discover the Greater Sudbury's portion of The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail). This on-foot journey invites you to challenge yourself and explore our community and its breathtaking natural surroundings. This 30 km journey begins at the Kinsmen Sports Complex and finishes at Moonlight Beach. However, this challenge is made to be tailored so that you can create the kind of experience you are looking for with varying start points offering unique experiences!
How to Participate:
Walk the route on the day of the event or at any time during the month of August, collect all milestone stamps, and redeem for your one-of-a-kind Sudbury Camino medal!
1. Hike with us on the event day
Complete the online registration form and join us on the trails on the event day at the starting location of your choice, and connect with the 100+ other participants, each creating their own unique Sudbury Camino experience.
A) 30 km from Kinsmen Sports Complex to Moonlight Beach
Start time: 8 a.m. Shuttle bus: Departs from Moonight Beach to Kinsmen Sports Complex at 7:15 a.m.
Complete the full 30 km on-foot journey, and embrace the dynamic scenery as you travel along several official RRA trails and a series of urban routes. Walking the full Sudbury Camino is not difficult – most (but not all) of the stages are fairly flat and on good paths. The main difficulty is that few of us have walked continuously for more than 5 hours. Get ready to test your endurance, expand your senses, and be prepared to learn more about your feet than you ever thought possible!
B) 21 km from Robinson Park to Moonlight Beach
Start time: 10 a.m. Shuttle bus: Departs from Moonight Beach to Robinson Park at 9:15 a.m.
Complete the 21 km challenge from Robinson Park to Moonlight Beach, and embrace the experience of navigating 5 official RRA Trails, and a series of unique urban routes. On this route, you will be walking from the city's South End to Moonlight Beach!
C) 14 km from the downtown Farmer’s Market to Moonlight Beach
Start time: 12 p.m. Shuttle bus: Departs from Moonight Beach to the downtown Farmer's Market at 11:15 a.m.
Complete the 14 km challenge by kicking off your adventure at the downtown Farmer's Market. You will continue your on foot journey towards Moonlight Beach enjoying the views found along four of the official RRA trails, including the scenic Bell Park Pathway and the Lake Laurentian Conservation area.
D) 4 km family hike from Bioski Cottage to Moonlight Beach
Start time: 3 p.m. Shuttle bus: Departs from Moonight Beach to the Bioski Cottage at 2:15 p.m.
Get the family outdoors and exploring this summer! Kids naturally want to explore their surroundings, and you can encourage this by signing up for the 4 km family challenge along the beautiful Lake Laurentian to Moonlight Beach trail.
Warning: for best results, let the kids take lead and set the pace to experience the outdoors in a way that you've likely forgotten. Be prepared for a wild expedition in search of insects, flowers, and wildlife. Cool off with a swim at the finish line, and join the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee for an interactive activity to learn about our local waterways.
Participants are free to meet us at the start location of their choice, or to meet at Moonlight Beach and be shuttled to their selected starting location. This way when you arrive at the end location, Moonlight Beach, you can collect your medal, enjoy a swim and easily make your way home the same way you arrived. The shuttle bus will depart Moonlight Beach promptly at the above mentioned departure times.
2. Walk it on your own
If you missed out on the event, don’t worry, you can still rock the Sudbury Camino with your friends and family until August 30th! Don’t forget to take pictures at the following landmarks: Kinsmen Sports Complex, Southview Greenhouse, the Downtown Market, Living with Lakes, Bioski Cottage, and Moonlight Beach.
Once you have conquered the challenge, contact RRA at 705-674-4455 ext 4535 to set up a time to collect your stamps, and the exclusive Sudbury Camino Medal!
What to Expect
Section 1: moderate | Kinsmen Sports Complex to Southview Greenhouse Growers
Section 2: easy | Southview Greenhouse/Robinson Playground to Downtown Market
Section 3: easy | The Downtown Farmer’s Market to the Living with Lakes Centre
Section 4: difficult | Living with Lakes to Bioski Cottage
Section 5: easy | Bioski to Moonlight Beach
How to Prepare
The official Sudbury Camino passports are now available for pick up at the Greater Sudbury Public Libraries, or you can grab your copy on the day of the event at the start point of your walk! This comprehensive booklet will be used throughout the challenge as the guide to the Sudbury Camino route, and to collect your challenge stamps along the way.
*Please note, the South End Library no longer has copies of the Sudbury Camino passport available. Call prior to picking up your passport at other locations to confirm availability.
WHAT TO BRING
When preparing for your Camino journey, we recommend you bring the following items:
• 2 refillable water bottles
• Food for the day
• Protection from sun and bugs
• Adequate footwear (closed toed, water resistant if possible)
• Appropriate clothing (hat, layers, long pants)
• First aid kit (hike leaders will have one on hand)
• Medication (as required)
The Sudbury Camino is coming soon, and we thought you might like some help getting ready for your challenge! Whether you are opting to do the whole 30 km route, or are aiming for the 21 km, 14 km, or the family focused 4 km, this three part Boot Camp series will leave you feeling ready to take on your Camino Challenge!
Visit our Events Page for details!
How to Help
Planning the Sudbury Camino is a whole lot of work, and executing this amazing event isn't always easy, but it's sure worth while! That said, RRA could use some extra help, and we are seeking a number of volunteers to help out with various tasks on the event day (August 10th).
We need volunteers to: greet participants, help with participant sign ups, lead and sweep hikes, stamp passports at milestone locations, hand out medals, and cheer on participants crossing the finish line! Please email email@example.com if you're available to help out!
After all, we get by with a little help from our friends.
SPREAD THE WORD
Tell us about your Sudbury Camino experience! Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using hashtags:
#rainbowroutes #thegreattrail #sudburycamino #30kchallenge
We'd like to thank our kind community sponsors for their contributions which have helped to make this a free community event.