Want a little extra luxury on race weekend? We have Meal and Accommodation plans!

Looking to take some of the planning out of your weekend in Golden? Our meal and accommodation package is hosted in private lodges and luxury properties at Kicking Horse Resort. This lovely deal is now down to 9 rooms left!

This package includes:

  • Accommodation on Friday & Saturday nights

  • Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday; Dinner on Saturday

  • Shuttle to the start line on Saturday & Sunday.

You will stay in a gorgeous home on the hill, close to the Day 1 race action, right in the heart of a world class venue. It’s important to note that the houses will be shared with other racers. If you enjoy comfortable luxury AND the opportunity to meet other participants, this will be a great experience for you!

Single and double occupancy rooms are available. If you’d like your own room, opt for double - if you don’t mind being paired up with another solo racer in a twin room, you can opt for a single occupancy.

Join us for an Orientation Run this summer!

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Join us for an exclusive preview of the Golden Ultra course(s) this coming July or August! We will give you a sneak peek of what you can expect in September, and we will probably drag you to our local Whitetooth Brewery for a patio beer afterwards. During our sessions, we will provide nutrition by Skratch and knowledgable local run guides to show you the key features of the course.

July 13th or August 10th are our two feature dates. Sign up for one, or both if you’re keen! Pre-registration is a must. Upon registering, you will be asked a few questions about what course(s) you are looking to check out.

Once you’ve committed to a summer hangout with us, we will be in touch via email the week prior to arrange a meeting location and tour description.

Need Some Guidance? We Got You! Training Plans for All Races Start February 5th!

Fresh in stock for 2019, we’re featuring expertly tailored training plans that will guide you through your next 8 months of training. Created by our local trail running coach and race director, Magi Scallion - you can count on these programs being intimately geared towards the terrain and difficulty of each course.

We've cultivated programs for our 45KM stage race (sampled below), our 85KM stage race, and our 120KM Ultramarathon. These feature varied cardio, strength, and terrain workouts as well as pre-calculated durations for optimal training results. Whether you’re easing into stage racing with our Half Pint, or crushing out a massive distance like our 120K race, we’ve got a plan for your goal!

Here’s a sneak peak at what you can expect from one of our programs. Our plans include some buzzy training words / exercises that we’ll be regularly implementing. Don’t know what a fartlek is?  Don’t worry, as part of your training plan purchase you’ll be sent exclusive videos and instructions.

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Put your planner aside and let us detail out your next 8 months of training. All you gotta do is show up and work!

All plans start February 5th. Let’s gooooo!

13 Reasons Why I Return to Golden Every Year - a Blog by Hollie Holden

2019 will be my 4th year running the Golden Ultra. For some reason I keep returning year after year, I do this with no other race and to be honest I am not the type of person who particularly loves racing 🤷 however, for whatever reason, this race keeps pulling me back year after year so I tried to break down just what it is that makes it so special!

DID SOMEONE SAY ROAD TRIP!

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I live in Vancouver and the 8 hour drive to Golden never becomes old. The scenery is spectacular with plenty of opportunities to stop and stretch your legs if you don’t fancy doing it in one go.

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Highlights for me include eating our way along the route - we ALWAYS stop at DeMille’s Farm Market to top up our carbs and pet the farm animals (win, win!). Another fun challenge is to complete the ‘big 5’ - McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Tim Hortons AND Dairy Queen within the 8 hour drive. I contribute the McDonalds McFlurry I had one time to being particularly great at fuelling my best ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears’ time to date!

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PACKAGE PICK UP

You pick up your package in a Yurt! I don’t think this one needs further explanation. A YURT!

BEER AT TOP OF MOUNTAIN

If you like your beer (or if you like winning prizes) you are actively encouraged to drink beer at the peak of the mountain in the middle of a 60k ultramarathon.

SNOWMEN

Some years, if you’re lucky, there are snowmen to cheer you on!

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MAKE NEW FRIENDS

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You’re running for 7-12 hours (maybe 24 if you’re one of the crazy people tackling the new 120km distance this year! 😳) so, you’re going to meet people along the way and they’re going to be awesome. Like my friend Jan, I met him at my 1st Golden Ultra and turns out the 60km distance is too easy for him this year so he’s running the 120km...Follow him here and wish him luck!


CATCH UP WITH OLD FRIENDS

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The running community here in BC is big and amazing. I’ve made countless friends throughout the years at races, on the trails, at local run clubs and through my social media account. Unfortunately there are not enough days in the week to run with them all so, why not have 1 special weekend each year to dedicate to them and see them for 3 days straight!

GET TO RUN SOMEWHERE ELSE

I am lucky to live in a beautiful part of the world, however, there are other beautiful parts in the world too. Going to Golden is the chance to explore an area that I don’t often get to visit, you also get the added bonus of  a pre-planned route with trail markers and aid stations to keep you safe whilst doing so. Talking of safety, safety in numbers - running with this many people scares the bears away, right?

#VIEWZ4DAYZ

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I can’t really talk about this race without mentioning the views*. Woah. 😍

*WARNING: Such epic views may result in slower race times due to stopping you in your tracks.

FREE NATURAL ICE BATH

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The river that runs through the centre of Golden is the perfect location, perfect depth and perfect temperature for post-race ice baths. I recommend getting a finish line massage then heading straight to the river - BEST recovery protocall ever!

BEST PHOTOS EVER

Anywhere where the photographer climbs UP a tree to get the shot rather than going for the classic, most unflattering angle ever, shot from crouched down on the side of a trail is a winner in my eyes. Kudos to Bruno Long!

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THERE’S ALWAYS A DISTANCE FOR ME

Some years I feel like running all the kilometres, climbing all the mountains and taking over the world. Other years I fancy something a little less taxing but with the same reward (aka beautiful views and an excuse to eat the donuts at the aid stations). I generally rotate between the Full & Half Pint each year and neither disappoint - whether you like your races short and fast or long and slow, there’s something for us all!

GOLDEN IS GOLDEN!

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What a cool little mountain town! Before running this race I had only ever driven past the town on route to Banff and had no idea about the magic just a couple minutes off the highway.

Nestled in a valley at the base of some mighty fine peaks you’ll find cute coffee shops, a rad brewery, a handful of great restaurants (visited Eleven22 for the 1st time on my last trip there - so good!!) and, of course, a trail runners paradise! And if #neature is your thing, the leaves here in september are spectacular! 🍂

THE TEAM

Maggie, Haley and their team as well as all the volunteers are AMAZING. The race organization is excellent, the on course support amazing and entire community they’ve created is next level. It’s so much more than just another race - it’s like going back to visit family each year, they make you feel so welcome! 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦




Cross Country Skiing: The Ultimate Winter Cross Training!

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Cross training isn’t just an invited break for your legs from the impacts of running; the right activity can actually increase your performance and extend your running season when the trails finally thaw.

Cross country skiing is one of these activities. Because it requires poles and the use of all four limbs, your body’s oxygen uptake is even greater than when running. This means that even the most advanced runner could notice an improvement in his or her aerobic capabilities.

Not to mention - the balance required for cross country skiing is an excellent strength training element that activates key core muscles, priming your body for less injuries when you adjust back into the summer trails.

So: seeking better balance, coordination and want to get outside this winter? Give this minimal impact, nordic sport a try! You might even notice some elusive upper-body improvements!

Things To Keep In Mind

— Cross-country skiing can be much easier with a few technique tips and tricks - consider a lesson!
— If you’re new to the sport - start with classic, which is typically easier to learn.
— Lean forward, not back
— Keep your hands in front of your body to maintain balance.

Looking for a weekend away this winter to recharge, and to try your hand at this wonderful wintery activity? Check out Retreat Golden’s Winter Magic Ski Retreat!



Unwrap your gifts early this year starting with our new course maps!!!

Are you the type of the person that sneaks peeks at your Christmas presents? … reads the last chapter of the book before you’re supposed to? If so, read on. If not… maybe you should wait until our official course announcement in March.

We could not wait any longer so have gone ahead and created course maps for the 2019 routes we’ve applied for… and we’re stoked to share the details with you!! Our Day 1 Blood/Climb courses are staying the same, but everything else is getting a good shake-up. We’ve also posted our 120 km course detail! From distances and elevation, to photos and more, get the goods here (click that button).

You’re going to have to wait until March for information on the ITRA/UTMB points… we’ll submit the courses for assessment once we get the official OK from the government.

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For a more detailed look at the local trail systems that we will be running through in the fall, check out these great area maps from Tourism Golden.