Wanna run in the Canadian Mountain Running Championships?!!! Us too.

You heard it right! 

The Canadian Mountain Running Championships will be hosted in Golden, BC on June 9th, 2018. We can't wait!!! If you're in the area, come hang out with us that weekend!!! The even cooler part? You can still register even if you don't meet the eligibility criteria discussed below.

Do I Need to Qualify?

To run in the proper Canadian Championships you do need to qualify by meeting one (or more) of the selection criteria set out below.  Unfortunately, the hobby horse doesn't count for this one. BUT if you just want to test your mettle from the same start line at the same time, sign on up. You won't be crowned Canadian Champion if you win, but you will get to elbow it out with some people that can get the crown.

Selection Criteria

  1. 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) 
  2. you have finished in the top three in your age group in a Canadian Regional Mountain Running Qualifying Series race:
    1. Eastern Qualifying Race: Xtrail Mont SuttonJune 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]
    2. Ontario Qualifying Races: (either)
      • 5Peaks Terra CottaApril 28, 2018 [Note: racers can qualify for the Canadian Mountain Running Championships by finishing in the top three in their age group in either of the Sports (5.4km) or Enduro (10.8km) races] ALMOST SOLD OUT! (or)
      • 5Peaks Kelso Half MarathonMay 5, 2018 [Note: racers can qualify for the Canadian Mountain Running Championships by finishing in the top three in their age group
    3. Prairies Qualifying Race: MEC Whitemud CreekMay 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]
    4. BC Qualifying Race: Loop the LakesMay 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]
  3. 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.

Course

Curious as to what the course holds in store? Scared because you know how crazy the Golden Ultra is?  Well, we don't have many surprises to share... the courses are 10 km or 5 km in distance, depending on your category, and will start at the bottom or half way up Kicking Horse Resort.  The 10 km course will have 1000m in elevation gain, the 5 km course about 600m.  These courses are longer than the Golden Ultra day 1 stages so expect a lot more trail, and a much less steep average grade... you might even be able to run most of the climb!

You can register for the event at the National Championships website.

DO SOMETHING EPIC IN 2018.

DO SOMETHING EPIC IN 2018.

First of all, a round of applause for getting through 2017. As we approach a new year, this reset of the calendar always prompts us to refocus and re-align our goals for the next 12 months. Our goal this year is to put on an epic 3 day mountain stage race that was better than the year before, filled with 750 incredible people who love a challenge. And we plan to sell out. That's where you come in. 

'Tis the season for a fun run near you!

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Eggnog is great, but if you're looking for a slightly less indulgent way to ring in the holiday season, we've tracked down some of North America's most jolly jaunts. Break out your running shoes, sexy Santa suits, and get to your nearest start line. Or, get inspired to get out of dodge for the next holiday season and track down one of your favourite festive races! The best part is, all of these fun runs are partnered with a charity or opportunity to give back to a worthwhile cause. 

Big Elf Run | December 16th, 2017 - Vancouver, BC

The Elf Run meanders through Stanley Park, starting at Lumberman’s Arch. The course passes through the winter forest trails before looping onto the seawall where you'll get rad views of Coal Harbour and Burrard Inlet. Naturally, there are "Festive Cheering" and Water & Hot Chocolate stations, before finishing up at the Winter Wonderland Park. With reasonable inclines and paved trails, the course is suitable for all ages and abilities. Bring your dog, or your baby! Maybe your dog is your baby! Regardless - this race is partnered with the incredible Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

Jingle Bell Run | December 16th, 2017 - Phoenix, AZ

At the JBR, all runners are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. You also get a bunch of sweet swag, like a Santa hat and jingle bells. Dress up, tie bells into your shoelaces, and help those in need this holiday season. Plus this one seems like a great excuse to get out of the cold for a few days. 

The Ugly Sweater Run | December 16th, 2017 - Denver, Colorado

The Ugly Sweater Run presented by Kahlúa (sign us up?!) is a US running series benefitting One Warm Coat. Calling all Colorado based Ultra-ers - this one looks FUN. You get to shoot marshmallow guns, play in some fake snow, hang out in a life-size snow globe, enjoy a complimentary Kahlúa cocktail (21+) ... what more does anyone need? Pics or it didn't happen. 

Dallas Santa Crawl | December 16th, 2017 - Dallas, TX

This run takes place at night! Which means this little ditty is actually a bar crawl meets running race. It's a mere 1/4 mile cruise of all the watering holes in Dallas' West End. But with dance contests, a Vodka Festival, and the sexiest Santa award...Texas doesn't hold back! Dallas is also known for it's funky culture and incredible food scene. So many reasons to run on down.

Why you should use your running poles as cross country ski poles this winter!

Why you should use your running poles as cross country ski poles this winter!

As our Canadian fall turns to rain, slush, sleet, and snow - the options for outdoor cardio can start to become a little bleak. As badass as all of you coastal, torrential rain runners are - once the snow hits, navigating the ice and the fluffy stuff can be a bit tricky. But, lucky for us - there's a super fun winter alternative once the trails turn white!