2018 Canadian Mountain Running Championships

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Kicking Horse Resort in Golden, BC

2018 Results (click here)


The Canadian Mountain Running Championships will be hosted at Kicking Horse Resort in Golden, BC, on Saturday, June 9, 2018.


The event will be hosted at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, BC.  

Package Pick-up - Whitetooth Day Lodge (main building with ticket office near Gondola base). (8:30 am - 9:30 am)
Start - 10 km events start by the bottom of the gondola.  5 km events must upload to the top of the chairlift (load no later than 9:30 am to be at start on time). 10:00 am
Finish - both events finish at the top of the Gondola. Finish line bags may be sent up the gondola - please make sure your bag is well marked with your name and on the gondola cart no later than 9:45 am.
Awards - Awards will be held at the top of the gondola at 12:30 pm.

Weather - you can start obsessing about your ensemble with the help of Environment Canada or Snow-Forecast.

Course, Distance and Elevation Gain

There is absolutely NO PRE-RUNNING the course.  Kicking Horse Mountain Resort does not permit uphill traffic on the hill, with the exception of during the running event. If you are caught running uphill at the resort and get "kicked off" the hill, you will be disqualified from the event.

Elevation profile

The open events run the 10 km course.  The 10 km course is 10.3 km with a total of 1205m of ascent and 135m of descent.

The junior/master events run the 5 km course.  The 5 km course is 5.1 km with 709m of ascent (no descent).

The courses are a mix of single-track and double track.  The final 2 km is all on gravel service road because there is still snow cover on the other trails in the alpine.  You may have to cross a couple small patches of snow (no more than 10m long), depending on how warm it is in the days leading into the event.

The finish line is at the summit of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.  Expect it to be cool and windy and send appropriate clothing to the finish line.

Course Description

The 10 km course starts at the base of the Gondola and heads up to the lookers right on a service road.  Within 100m there is a sharp left turn and the course traverses to the left, below the gondola and to a single track on the lookers left side of the hill.  This is the exit of "Super Berm".  The course goes up SuperBerm to the the intersection with the main service road (10 Road) and goes right (downhill) to the upper parking area at the resort.  The course then turns slight left and progresses past the bottom of the Pioneer chairlift and up "Claim Jumper." The course follows "Claim Jumper" until it intersects the 10 Road and then descends the 10 Road until the intersection of "Super Berm" (just below the Bear Refuge). The course makes a right onto "Super Berm" and climbs until just below the top of the Catamount Chairlift.  For 100 m the course follows the 10 Road to the top of Catamount Chairlift and joins the 5km course on "School Marm." The 5 km course starts here and the courses run together to the finish. Climbing "School Marm" for a very short 200m, the route makes a left turn onto the 2nd entrance of "Rock'n'Roll" and climbs to the 10 Road.  At the 10 Road the course crosses nearly directly onto the bottom of "Show Down". The course climbs "Show Down" until it reconnects with 10 Road and then follows 10 Road to the finish line.  Any snow you encounter is most likely to be on "Show Down" and we recommend taking the inside line on any bermed corners that have snow.  

There is NO UPHILL TRAFFIC at the resort until the time of the event.  Please respect this guideline and know that you're all running without knowing the course.


Spectators are welcome to view the event.  The best viewing areas will be at the bottom (10 km start) and the finish (top of the Gondola).  If you access the 5km start line and hope to also see the finish you'll find that the lifts are likely to slow to accommodate that.  Lift tickets are required and can be purchased at Guest Services from 9:00 am on the day of the event.


Please run with your head up and make lots of noise.  We do not anticipate any encounters with wildlife on the course, based on the course routing and information currently available to us. You are not required to carry bear spray. We do remind you that you are in a wild mountain environment and bear spray is always a good safety measure.  There will be bear spray available to purchase for $30/can at registration.

Dogs are not permitted on the mountain, only at the base and on leash. 


Awards will be split into the following age groupings for both male and female. Awards will be given to all registered and the national champion title to only those who qualified (as per criteria below).  This may result in two sets of awards/results.

Open - all comers
Junior - athletes born in 1999 and later (those who are 19 and under as of December 31, 2018)
Master - age on race day, categories 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+

Prize Money

Prize money will be awarded in the open categories as follows: 1st - $300; 2nd - $200, 3rd - $100.


Everybody is welcome to run in this event and everybody will start at the same time. There will be a "race within the race" for individuals who are competing for the national title and national team spots.  To qualify to race in the official national championship event you must meet any (or more) of the following criteria:

  • you have previously competed for Canada in Mountain Running or Cross-Country Running at the international level in the last 5 years (NACAC, Worlds or Commonwealth Championships)
  • you have finished in the top three in your age group in a Canadian Regional Mountain Running Qualifying Series race:
    • Eastern Qualifying Race: Xtrail Mont Sutton, June 2, 2018 [Note: racers can qualify for the Canadian Mountain Running Championships by finishing in the top three in their age group in any of the 6.5k, 11.8k or 22k races]
    • Ontario Qualifying Race: TBA
    • Prairies Qualifying Race: MEC Whitemud Creek, May 20, 2018 [Note: racers can qualify for the Canadian Mountain Running Championships by finishing in the top three in their age group in any of the 6k, 11k or 15k races]
    • BC Qualifying Race: Loop the Lakes, May 19, 2018 [Note: racers can qualify for the Canadian Mountain Running Championships by finishing in the top three in their age group in any of the 8k, 15k or 21k races]
  • you have run under 36 minutes (men) or 40 minutes (women) for 10 kilometres in 2017 or 2018 in a sanctioned road or cross-country race or any other equivalent race result.

For juniors and masters, there is broad discretion to allow athletes to qualify based on the various race distances. Any junior or master athlete can send their race times to the CMRA and they will consider whether they ought to be allowed to qualify for nationals without running a qualifying race.


Registration includes a lift tickets to get you to/from your start/finish from the base of the mountain.  Registration is $50 until May 31 then $65.  Waivers will be signed when you pick up your bib and race package on race morning. Please allow extra time to take care of this process.

Registration will be taken offline at midnight on Friday, June 8.  You will be able to register on site at race package pick up.  Late registration at race package pick up will be $80.00 (cash or credit card).

List of Registered Runners (Updated June 8 at 7:00 am)

Answers to FAQ

Poles will not be permitted.