Canmore's Bear Safety and More and Brandon University student, Deborah Varley are joining the Golden Ultra team to assist with emergency and wildlife management services at the event.
"Large events require a substantial amount of planning prior to the event and communication throughout. So often we're focused on getting runners to the start line and pay little thought to what will happen in the case of an emergency... bears on course, lightning or electrical storms, foul weather, and more. Decisions on what to do in those situations should not be discussed at the same time they're happening, and this is why we're so excited to be working on this ground-breaking project with Bear Safety and More and Brandon University's Deborah Varley," commented Race Director, Magi Scallion.
Bear Safety and More's founder, Kim Titchener shares, "We are starting off the year with a great new partnership with Brandon University’s Applied Disaster and Emergency Studies Program. Research shows a gap in emergency response planning for wildlife conflicts and we are working with sporting event organizations that hold events in bear country to change this.
We are happy to welcome Brandon University’s practicum student Deborah Varley to our team and work with the Golden Ultra, a three-day running event in Golden, B.C. to provide them with their very own emergency response plan for wildlife interactions."
Kim and Deborah will join Shauna Speers and the Golden and District Search and Rescue (GADSAR) as the emergency management team of the Golden Ultra.
As the sayings go, forewarned is forearmed, and as Murphy's Law so often proves, if you're prepared you won't need to use what you've prepared. The Golden Ultra is looking forward to providing a safe event for all participants and also sharing our learnings with other event organizers across North America.