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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.

Good Eats and Perfect Sleeps for Golden Ultra Runners

Golden and the Northern Columbia River Valley as seen from high a top Mt. Moberley.

Golden and the Northern Columbia River Valley as seen from high a top Mt. Moberley.

The Golden Ultra is offering an accommodation and food package to all participants.  The package was motivated by the organizers’ desire to reduce the learning curve for runners who may not already be familiar with food and accommodation opportunities within Golden... and reduce their travel stress.

Accommodations will be provided by Kicking Horse Lodging and located at the base of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, metres from the start line of the Blood and the Friday evening dinner.  Single and double occupancy options are available in the well-appointed resort rooms.  The double occupancy option will room you with another runner that has also purchased the double occupancy package (request a roommate by emailing registration@goldenultra.com),  Crew and family members may also purchase the meals & accommodation package.

Meals will be provided by Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and Kicking Thyme Catering.  Kicking Horse Mountain Resort will provide the Friday evening dinner at the Whitetooth Grill.  The skills of the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort culinary team can be sampled at the top quality Eagle’s Eye Restaurant.  The resort caters more than 80 weddings annually, for good reason!

The Saturday evening meal will be catered by Kicking Thyme Catering and be served up at the Golden Civic Centre, nearby the day’s finish line, awards and the free live concert.  Kicking Thyme Catering are providing a menu that features local and organic produce and meats.  Watch for profiles here on the farms from where the food is sourced over the summer months.

Breakfast both mornings will be at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort – just a short crawl from the accommodations.  Breakfasts will include all desired food groups and be plentiful for a day of running.

Golden Ultra organizers are promising to meet any dietary requirements so long as they’re notified a minimum of 1 month prior to the event.  All meals will have vegetarian and gluten free options as a standard choice.  Please email all dietary requests to registration@goldenultra.com

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 runner, may register a 3-person relay team, or may register for any single or combination of two stages separately.