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Ten Reasons to Register Before March 15

... in case you actually needed these spelled out...

#10 - More time to work on your speed so you're able to outrun the bears!  Just kidding, we have an industry-leading bear & safety program in the works.  

#9 - More time to wrap your head around "The Blood," our Vertical KM and how to run it!  Check out some of our suggestions here.  

#8 - More time to brag to your friends about how your tackling your first stage race and how that’s so much harder than the 10K they’re training for.  Maybe they'll be inspired to enter a team and make your mini-vacation into a proper running road trip.

#7 - More chances to win one of our registration incentive prize packs from our sponsors - we’ll be drawing 1 registered runner April 1st, May 1st, June 1st, July 1st, August 1st, & Sept 1st (and, yes, you can win twice if you're that lucky)!

#6 - More time to work on your downward dog in preparation for the Yoga & Trail Running Retreat in Golden June 25-28th.

#5 - We'll make sure you get an extra pastry Golden's own Crust and Crumb bakery: you’ll have earned it with all the extra training you're doing... or just thinking about doing (it counts, right?).

#4 - You can book your vacation days off work now and avoid conflict with your other co-workers who just want that extra time for house cleaning, wine tasting or cruises.  

#3 - You can book your accommodation and meals package early, scoring the best roomie, and making sure you're in before they sell out!  

#2 - So you can start dreaming of those beautiful Golden trails, viewpoints, and all the other great stuff to do while here!  

and the #1 reason...

is to SAVE MONEY!  Everyone registered by March 15th receives a $50 gift certificate that can be used for their own foods & accommodations package, to attend the Yoga & Trail Running Retreat, or to share with a friend for their registration!

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.

Discounted Film Fest Tickets in Vancouver!

The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) will offering almost two weeks of inspiring entertainment at 4 convenient venues around Vancouver.  For 2015, the festival runs from Friday 13 - Saturday 21 February.

While we're located a little ways from Vancouver, we support the VIMFF in its efforts to showcase independent film.  So if you find yourself in Vancouver during the VIMFF, we’d like to make it easy for you to say, “Yes!” to a fun evening of inspiring entertainment, friends and craft beer... so we've negotiated a “friends and family” discount on festival tickets.

Here’s how it works… 

  • Regular tickets cost $21 at the door.  Anyone who buys their tickets online by noon Friday 13 Feb (tomorrow!) and uses a special coupon code gets the ticket for $15 ($6 or 28% off.
  • The link to festival program and to buy tickets is:  
  • Add the tickets for the shows you want to see to the shopping cart.  Enter the coupon code near the bottom.  The coupon code is:   $15VIMFF
  • The discount applies to all shows and all venues.  Some shows sell out and there are a limited number of discounted tickets, though.  Sign-up early and don’t be disappointed.

Special note:  Thursday, February 19 is Trail Running night!

Hope to see you at the VIMFF!

Golden Ultra Announces Photography Team

The Golden Ultra is offering all participants the opportunity to pre-purchase epic mountain running photos of themselves by some of the west's best photographers. 

"The trails and views of Golden are simply unparalleled and we want to give participants the chance to have great photography to commemorate the event.  Our goal is to have photos of runners that they want to print, frame and hang on their walls."

Golden Ultra event photographers will include:

Dave Best:  Dave has been the preferred photographer of Tourism Golden for many years and has captured stills of the top events in Golden, including the Mt. 7 Psychosis and SingleTrack 6.

(c) Dave Best - Terminator Ridge as seen on Day 2 of the Golden Ultra.

(c) Dave Best - Terminator Ridge as seen on Day 2 of the Golden Ultra.

Darcy Monchak:  Darcy specializes in wildlife and landscape photography but has dabbled very successfully in event photography, including the Canadian Masters cross country ski championships and the Canadian Eco-challenge championships.

(c) Darcy Monchak - Adventure racers in the challenging DogTooth Range.

(c) Darcy Monchak - Adventure racers in the challenging DogTooth Range.

Bruno Long: Bruno is regularly featured in mountain bike and ski publications and it’s no surprise why when you see his creativity and ability.   Bruno is a trail runner himself and stoked to capture the runners and scenery of the Golden Ultra.

(c) Bruno Long - Because we all love winter, too.

(c) Bruno Long - Because we all love winter, too.

The photography package can be purchased for $20 as part of the online registration or at race package pick-up.  Runners will be guaranteed a minimum of two photos of themselves on course and will receive one digital file for personal use.

The Golden Ultra photography team will be on course with their long lenses all three days of the event.  They’ll use their intimate knowledge of the area to ensure the photography captures the most spectacular areas, so don’t forget to smile on the steep climbs... because they’re really photogenic!

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 as part of a relay, or may register for any single or combination of two stages separately.