Crash Course: The Tears

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Similar to our Cruise race, our Tears participants will start in Spirit Square and run along the Rotary Trail & Kicking Horse Trail roadway on the north & east sides of the Kicking Horse & Columbia Rivers.  The first 2 km of this race is a cruisey road run, until runners cross the single-lane bridge over the Columbia River and veer off to the trails of the CBT mainline network above the Columbia River.

Your left hand exit off the road will lead you with CBT, where you will begin to gradually climb a switchbacking 4 KM (approx) of serene forested single track. Enjoy the mellow twists and turns of the sneaky elevation gain that CBT provides before you notice the trail start to level out as you get to the intersection of CBT and Mighty Quinn. Unlike the Cruise runners, who will exit CBT onto Mighty Quinn, Tears runners will keep on pushing into the forest and stay on CBT mainline as it meanders deeper into the woods above the Columbia River.

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After approximately 6.5K on CBT you’ll reach our fun little “loop de loop” (official terminology) of the course: Old Age and Treachery. You’ll reach a well marked intersection and be guided to the right. This section feels slightly lusher than the rest, however that could be due to knowing you’re at the farthest point on the trails! There’s one last sneaky little dose of elevation as you loop back around to start your journey home.

Old Age and Treachery links up with the Gold Rush trail, which is an awesome descent filled with gentle curves as it leads you towards Take It Easy. With this final trail you’ll be greeted by the sounds and sights of town again, as well as some rooty cliffside running along the steep banks of the Columbia.

Once you’ve Taken It Easy, you’ll be headed back across the bridge to bring it home to the finish line!