A Recap of the Canadian Mountain Running Championships

“One of things I love most about Mountain Racing is the community surrounding it. I love the people that I get to meet at races, and always love catching up with friends at races.  I am not sure how others felt, but I felt a sense of camaraderie as we all tackled something challenging.”
— - Emily Setlack, 1st place Women's Overall

The Canadian Mountain Running Championships came to Golden armed with their fair share of human power! The field included some of the best half and full marathon runners in Canada and many past and present Canadian national team mountain runners. 

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Photo by Sean Nielsen / @seanielsen

When Golden held the CMRC's back in 2015, the course was primarily on a service road. While definitely uphill, the route was not very technical.  This year the course was quite different, mixing service road with technical single track and steep climbs on the lower section of Kicking Horse mountain.  On the upper mountain, the last 2 km of the course was confined to the service road due to snow - in true Canadian fashion! 

"This year, the Canadian Mountain Running Championships were on an "up-only" course meaning that we started at the base of Kicking Horse ski hill and ran to the Eagle's Eye restaurant at the top of the hill. The restaurant is at an elevation of 2,350m (7,700 feet). The distance was 10 to 11 km with 1,205m of ascent and 135m of descent.

Approximately half of the course was on single track mountain bike trails that zig-zagged their way up the hill. The trail was mostly dirt and almost all the turns were steeply banked at what felt like 45 degrees. Magi Scallion and her team at Golden Ultra did a great job making this a true mountain race with a lot of challenging twists and turns." - Matt Setlack, 5th place Men's Overall

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There were 70 runners registered for the event in 6 categories this year. The most heavily contested categories were open men and open women, with a good mix of runners on the podium. A detailed list of the results can be found here. 

The forecast for the race was not promising but the skies did not release a torrential downpour until shortly after the awards wrapped up, which was sincerely appreciated by all volunteers and runners. 

"We were tremendously proud to host the Canadian Mountain Running Championships this year, and the course highlighted much of what makes this mountain great - singletrack goodness, technical, rocky sections and big vertical terrain." - Tyson Newell, MC and Kicking Horse Resort Marketing Coordinator. 

Read the rest of Emily and Matthew Setlack's account of the CMRC's here. 

Photos in gallery by Andrea Eitle