Just over two weeks to go until That Dam Hill 2021 and the race is full speed ahead. COVID-19 shouldn’t cause any issues for us.


We are committed to being in full compliance with both provincial and municipal COVID-19 guidelines.

IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME!  Avoid the risk of infecting others. This applies to you, your support crew and your spectators. If you, or someone who you have been in close contact with, have tested positive or are experiencing symptoms for COVID-19 in the past few weeks, please stay home and contact your local health authority to confirm the protocols you must follow.

Here is a website for a COVID-19 Self-Assessment: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/

Maintain physical distancing of at least 2 meters with volunteers, race organizers, other runners and their support crews during race weekend. When passing other runners, do your best to give them a wide berth. It might be tricky, but please try your best.

If physical distancing of 2 meters is not possible, please properly wear a face mask.

All participants will receive a disposable face mask, and you will be required to wear it at the start of your race. Garbage cans and recycling bins will be located at each start line for easy disposal. Pack an extra face mask in your post-race bag, for after your race.

To minimize contact with volunteers and other race participants, we have eliminated the race supported aide stations again this year. Each participant in ALL races will be responsible for his or her own aide station/hydration system etc. You’re welcome to have a friend or family member set up a table and hand you what you need while you run, use a hydration vest or carry water bottles and gels etc. Whatever you choose to use, practice before race day so you are familiar with it. Please position your personal hydration table on the grass on the OUTSIDE of the track so that you don’t impede other racers – give racers the inside track.

Each racer will have his or her own designated area along the course to set up a personal aide station (small table, chair etc.). HINT: To get the best spots along the route, get to the race packet pick-up as early as you can on Friday night.

Support crews should be prepared to comply with all Ontario and local COVID-19 guidelines.

By-Law enforcement officers will be attending the event throughout the day. Please follow all of the above rules, and ask your support crew to do the same.

We will have extra masks and hand sanitizer available for runners, but you should come prepared to keep both yourself and others safe.

Race Weekend:
Location: Springbank Park – Stone cottage, 1085 Commissioners Road West, London, Ontario

Friday September 17th:
Packet pick-up between 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Saturday September 18th:
7:00 AM to 7:30 AM: Race packet pick-up (by stone cottage)
8:00 AM: ½ Marathon, Marathon, 6 Hour, 24 Hour & 24 Hour Relay Races START

12:00 PM: 8 Hour Charity Relay Race STARTS

7:00 PM to 7:30 PM: Race Packet pick-up (by stone cottage) for 12 Hour Night Race
8:00 PM: 12 Hour Night Race START

8:00 AM Sunday: Course closes, roads re-open to traffic

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Half Marathon start is 880 m. from the registration area, and the Marathon start is 550 m. from the registration area. It will take you a few minutes to get there, so we suggest leaving for those respective start lines at 7:30 AM.  See map, below.

PLEASE make an effort to pick up your race kit on Friday Sept. 17th to minimize the crowding and potential delays Saturday morning.  Last year, many participants were running to their start line!  Pick up your race bib on Friday to reduce the chances of adding 500+ m. to your run!

24 HOUR RACER PARKING: There is a parking lot just to the north of the Stone Cottage that will be reserved for those folks running the 24-Hour race. It is close to both washrooms and the race path, and is convenient for the 24-Hour runners. This parking lot will be closed and vehicles will not be permitted to enter or leave after 7:40 AM Saturday.

OTHER PARKING: There are free public parking lots to the east and west of the Stone Cottage within Springbank Gardens.

Relay team captains should pick up the single team race bib and race kits for all team members.

12 Hour, 24 Hour, and 24 Hour Relay:
All participants will be required to wear a headlamp and reflective gear if running past dusk (approx. 7 PM)

1/2 Marathon and Marathon:
For a certified 1/2 Marathon time, complete the partial plus 9 full loops. You are done when the display shows 10 loops/laps.
For a certified Marathon time, complete the partial plus 18 full loops. You are done when the display shows 19 loops/laps.


This year, all individual participants and teams will be provided an exclusive functional and stylish That Dam Hill race bib belt. PLEASE WEAR YOUR BIB ON THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR CLOTHING SO THAT THE TIMING SYSTEM AND FINISH LINE CAMERAS CAN RECORD YOUR LAPS. We’ve doubled the timing system antennas this year and every bib will have two chips to minimize timing anomalies, but even the best timing system sometimes has trouble getting a signal through multiple layers of running clothing.

Because this race incorporates laps and there is always the potential that the timing system could miss picking up your bib, marathoners and half marathoners need to be responsible for knowing if they are done their race’s distance.  A GPS watch is fine, or just find some way to mark how many times you’ve passed the timing system.  Half marathoners will be done their 21.1 km when they have passed the timing system at the stone cottage 10 times.  Marathoners pass the timing system 19 times.  A full loop of the course is 2.2508 km.  The first loop of both the Half and Full is a partial lap so that you will run an accurate distance.

We look forward to seeing you on race weekend!


Leo DeSumma
Dave LaDouceur
Bruce Lamb, Timer