We recently got asked this question: “Who is the Golden Ultra?” The intent was to know the name of the sole person who visioned and is producing the event, as though that alone would add more draw and publicity for a first-year event.
While the there is no argument that a running world celebrity name would make our mission easier, the goal of the Golden Ultra is to be a community event: an event for the community of Golden, BC; an event for the community of trail and ultra runners; an event for the volunteers and crew of the Golden Ultra; and, an event for the sponsors and supporters from near and far.
Who do we want to be the face and personality of the Golden Ultra? Not one person. We want the Golden Ultra to be seen as the passionate community of Golden who is supporting the event and each and every participant. We want it to be seen as the faces and brands of our caring sponsors. We want it to be seen as the enthusiastic and professional crew who will produce a top-notch event for the runners. We want it to be seen as the smiling faces of all the participants who run to achieve their goals.
We want the Golden Ultra to be tied not to one name or personality but to every name and personality. We want the Golden Ultra to be an experience for all runners: a beautiful memory to carry home to your own trails, forests and training grounds. We want the Golden Ultra to be a team effort, an effort that unites the community, the runners, the sponsors and the crew. And we want the success to be shared equally amongst this team.
So the next time you wonder, “Who is the Golden Ultra?” take a look in the mirror. The smiling face looking back at you is the Golden Ultra.
Perhaps a more relevant question would have been, "why Golden?" That's a much easier question to answer. Golden not only has a fantastic community, but it has world class mountain single track trails that you'll get to experience only a glimmer of during the 80 km of the Golden Ultra. Golden has more than 200 km of mountain single track trails that you can access from town. And the cycling club is building more every year.
Golden is located between Glacier National Park and Yoho National Park. Within 2 hours you can drive to more six different national parks (and hundreds, maybe thousands, of kilometres of hiking/running trails). The possibilities are endless and the scenery... well, that's unreal.
Golden has great coffee shops, delicious dining and luscious accommodations, but the best part about Golden is that it's real. When you come to Golden you are not seeing a tourism facade, you're experiencing the real day-to-day small-town mountain life. You're rubbing elbows with people who've lived here for generations. And you become part of this authentic way of life.
So, thanks for being the Golden Ultra with us! We're looking forward to having you experience Golden in September!