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Salomon Joins Golden Ultra Team

Salomon, the leading trail running shoe in Canada and the footwear of choice of top trail runners worldwide, has selected the Golden Ultra to be one of their keystone Canadian events in 2015. 

As presenting sponsor of the 55 km SkyRunner Ultramarathon Sweat stage, Salomon will have a heavy presence at the Golden Ultra.  From inviting top runners to setting up in style with a full demo fleet, Salomon Canada representatives will be romancing runners with a flourish.

“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to be a presenting sponsor for the Golden Ultra,” says Canadian Marketing Director, Phil Villeneuve.  “Even in its first year, the Golden Ultra is already one of Canada’s most exciting trail running events so we’re really lucky to have signed a three year agreement with the event.”

“It’s been our mission to align with companies that share our passion for professional, high quality products and events.  We are very happy to have a company like Salomon affiliated with the Golden Ultra, especially as a presenting sponsor,” commented Golden Ultra Race Director, Magi Scallion.  “Salomon’s presence at the event will help bring it to the ‘next level’.”

The Golden Ultra is a three-day stage running race (or relay) in Golden, BC from September 18-20, 2015.  Runners may participate in all three stages as a solo or part of a relay, or may register for any single or combination of two stages separately. 

ScatBelt Keeping You Safe in Bear Country

(c) Scat Belt - The Griz, featured in the Golden Ultra monthly prize packs.

(c) Scat Belt - The Griz, featured in the Golden Ultra monthly prize packs.

As passionate trail runners and nature advocates the Golden Ultra organizers are super excited to partner with ScatBelt.  ScatBelt manufactures belts that comfortably carry bear spray and other small items while you’re out running.

“I carried bear spray in my hand for years until I got a ScatBelt,” shares local trail runner, Sabrina Grecu.  “There was just not a good option for runners.  All of the existing holsters were designed to hook onto belts – great for hikers, not so much for runners.  The ScatBelt is awesome because I can also put my phone and car keys in it and it does not chafe or bounce.”

While it is unlikely that you’ll be greeted by a wild bear on the trails of Golden during the Golden Ultra, organizers are recommending that all runners consider carrying bear spray in the event and as part of their training.  Bear spray is the most effective deterrent for bears and other large animals that pose a threat to runners – including deer, elk or large cats. 

In a recent study in Alaska, 72 people used bear spray on a bear at close range and 98% of people who used it were uninjured.  The minor injuries that occurred didn't require hospitalization.

Our monthly prize packs feature the Griz Scat Belt.

Our monthly prize packs feature the Griz Scat Belt.

It’s always better to just avoid bear encounters by making noise, traveling in groups and being aware of your surroundings.  Consider training without ear buds or with only one in.  In case you do have a bear encounter, know that the bear spray you are carrying is the most effect deterrent for stopping an approaching or charging bear.

“I run with bear spray because I’d just rather have it with me if I see a bear.  It’s kind of like my insurance policy.  I love to be out in nature and do some pretty big mountain runs so it’s the safest choice when I think about coming home to my 18-month-old boy.”

Scat Belts are available online (www.scatbelt.com) and will also be available at the Golden Ultra.

The Golden Ultra is a three-day stage running race (or relay) in Golden, BC from September 18-20, 2015.  Runners may participate in all three stages as a solo or part of a relay, or may register for any single or combination of two stages separately. 

A Challenge for the Ladies

(c) Fast and Female

(c) Fast and Female

Golden Ultra organizers are putting up a big challenge to female runners: join us in Golden and your participation will contribute to keeping girls involved in sport throughout and past their teenage years. 

The Golden Ultra will be donating 20% of each registration fee for every additional female registered over male participant to the Fast and Female organization.  Runners will also have the opportunity to donate to Fast and Female as part of the registration process and collect pledges from others for participating.  Ultramarathon and trail running events traditionally have a higher percentage of male participants so this is a challenge to female trail runners to gather in Golden in September to change this trend.

Chandra Crawford, Olympic Gold Medallist and Fast and Female Founder responded to the fundraising initiative with her typical enthusiasm: “How cool is this?  A gorgeous mountain adventure and you can sign up for the entire beastly thing or just one stage... let’s get our run on, ladies, and raise awareness and funds for female empowerment with Fast and Female while we do it!”

Fast and Female is a not-for-profit society founded in 2005.  The organization’s goal is to support, motivate, inspire and empower girls aged 8-18 to stick with sports and a healthy lifestyle.  Fast and Female creates “empowerment through Sport” for girls by hosting fun-filled, non-competitive programming led by female Olympians and elite athletes, as well as by delivering educational content to parent and coaches.

The Golden Ultra is a three-day stage running race (or relay) in Golden, BC from September 18-20, 2015.  Runners may participate in all three stages as a solo or part of a relay, or may register for any single or combination of two stages separately.  For more information, please visit www.goldenultra.com.

The Trail Fairies of Golden

Rick - doing what Trail Fairies do!

Rick - doing what Trail Fairies do!

The genesis and maintenance of trails is often a mystery.  While we’re all out there loving the buffed out single track, it’s not often that we see the blood, sweat and tears that go into creating it... unless you’re awesome, like Golden Cycling Club members, Rick Seward and Pierre Lambert.

These two are the brains and most of the brawn behind the beautiful network of trails you’ll be running in Golden in September.  As directors with the Golden Cycling Club, Rick and Pierre are primarily responsible for chasing down most of the funding to resurrect and build trails, designing and building the trails, and also doing the day-to-day maintenance and improvements on the trails.  The result?  Literally, there is over a hundred kilometres of trails to enjoy and more being built every year.

We caught up with Rick in the winter season over a coffee to pick his brain on some new trails and his thoughts on the Golden Ultra coming to town.

What is your favourite section of trail?  Why?

I am loathe to mention one trail, as different trails will fall out of favour and then return with a vengeance.  I’ll name three (in no particular order).

Better than Boston – This trail, part of the Cedar Lake/Moonraker network works well in both directions.  There is something about its flow and location that always makes me smile.  It’s also the only trail that Pierre and I built that did not nearly end in an exchange of gun fire!

Sternwheeler – This is one of our newer trails and remains a work in process, it’s a diamond in the rough.  It’s built in really challenging terrain so it makes for a great finish to a ride or run.

CBT Mainline – This is just an all around great trail.  Without it, Gold Rush, the Mighty Quinn and Old Age and Treachery would not exist.

Editor’s note:  CBT Mainline is part of the Golden Ultra, while the others are not featured in 2015.  Sternwheeler and Better than Boston are both worth checking out if you’re in the area and looking for a fantastic run – they are great connectors if you’re looking to segment the Sweat (55 km) route into smaller sections for training.

Rick enjoying the trails on his mountain bike.

Rick enjoying the trails on his mountain bike.

What’s the most rewarding thing about building trails?

Again, this is not just restricted to one thing.  I really enjoy looking back on a new section of trail and knowing that I built it.  The other is the knowledge that so many people are out there and appreciate what these trails do for them. Last year I passed a visitor riding with a group of locals. Someone must have mentioned me to him since he turned his bike around and chased me down several kilometers to thank me!

Which section of trail do you think Golden Ultra runners will find especially wonderful?

While I’m not a runner, I suspect that the Terminator Ridge and LSD section will be the highlight.  The views are extraordinary.

Thanks Rick – for building all of these trails AND for taking the time to chat with us!

The Golden Ultra is a three-day stage running race (or relay) in Golden, BC from September 18-20, 2015.  Runners may participate in all three stages as a solo or part of a relay, or may register for any single or combination of two stages separately.  For more information, please visit www.goldenultra.com.

Tourism Golden Unveils Extensive Event Program for 2015

Tourism Golden has long been a mountain events destination and is unveiling one of the strongest annual programs yet.  In addition to the Golden Ultra, Golden will host the Canadian Ski Mountaineering Championships, the Golden Mountain Festival and Totally Spoked.

“We’re proud to have the resources available to host many great events,” said Tourism Golden Manager, Joanne Sweeting.  “It’s really impressive to see the energy and passion that the community puts into developing trails, welcoming visitors, and hosting events.”

The Canadian Ski Mountaineering Championships will be hosted at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort on January 24, 2015 and will feature top Canadian and International athletes.

The May long weekend brings the second annual Golden Mountain Festival to town.  The 2015 theme is “Adventurers of Yesterday and Today” and three days of activities will showcase the adventurers, the stories and the town. 

Totally Spoked is a summer cycling festival that strings together a number of cycling events including the Western Open downhill mountain biking event and a stop on the BC Enduro tour.  Golden has long had a reputation as a top mountain biking destination and these events are a culmination of that effort.

September brings the first Golden Ultra to town.  The Golden Ultra is Golden’s first major trail running event and will bring new visitors to the town during a time when the tourists are less plentiful, but the trails are still in great condition. 

The Golden Ultra is a three-day stage running race (or relay) in Golden, BC from September 18-20, 2015.  Runners may participate in all three stages as a solo or on a relay team, or may register for any single or combination of two stages separately.