Outward Bound Canada rings in their 50th anniversary at the Golden Ultra!

Outward Bound Canada rings in their 50th anniversary at the Golden Ultra!

One of the biggest groups we’ve ever had is coming to the Golden Ultra this year with Outward Bound Canada!

We are SO thrilled to be hosting over 20 participants from Outward Bound in Golden this fall. They will be coming from all over the country, and - for many of them - this will be one of their biggest challenges to date, mentally and physically.

So why the Golden Ultra?

What is the UTMB?

We recently posted our UTMB points, so if you’re new to trail running, racing, or ultra running, you may be curious as to what the acronym UTMB stands for...well, now you can wonder no more!

The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc circuit is comprised of 7 different races over a week at the end of August, with the namesake race encompassing a 171KM route of Mont Blanc - the tallest peak in the Alps and Western Europe. These footraces came into fruition in 2003 and are now considered by many to be the “crown jewel of ultrarunning”.

Photo credit to the UTMB official website

Photo credit to the UTMB official website

To be eligible for the UTMB, you must collect 15 points at various qualifying trail races over a period of two years prior to the race (The other 6 races have varying points requirements, which you can read more about on their website - link below).

Once you have obtained the points required, you’re entered into a lottery for a spot! Some spots are also reserved for elite athletes according to specific criteria. Around 2,500 runners from all over the world participated in 2018, making it one of the largest ultra-races of its kind (not to mention over 2000 volunteers, and 50,000 spectators!)

Photo credit to the official UTMB website

Photo credit to the official UTMB website

While elite runners complete the loop in slightly more than 20 hours, most runners take 35+ hours to reach the finish line, as race conditions can be extremely challenging every year. It’s not uncommon to not finish this beast of a race!

There are 7 total races that one can participate in, and they include:

  • UTMB: Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (171 km +10,040 m)

  • CCC: Courmayeur - Champex - Chamonix (101 km +6,100 m)

  • TDS: Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie (121 km +7,300 m)

  • OCC: Orsières - Champex - Chamonix (56 km +3,460 m)

  • PTL: La Petite Trotte à Léon (approx. 300 km +30,000 m)

  • MCC: De Martigny-Combe à Chamonix (40 km +2,300 m)

  • YCC: Youth Chamonix Courmayeur (15 km +1,100 m)

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If this epic undertaking is on your radar - we can help you get there! There are 6 different ways to obtain points to qualify for the UTMB at our Golden Ultra weekend. We have 4 single day races that will get ya some digits, and two stage races that will also qualify you for a grand European adventure.

  • 120KM: 5 points

  • Full Pint (85KM) Stage Race: 4 points

  • Half Pint (45KM)  Stage Race: 2 points

  • Sweat (55KM): 3 points

  • Conquer (30KM): 1 point

  • Tears (20KM): 1 point


For more information on the UTMB “grande aventure” and the other races that take place during UTMB week, you can visit their website here.

UTMB POINTS HAVE ARRIVED!

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This just in - we’ve heard back from the UTMB on our new 2019 courses, yewwwww!!! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the UTMB (if you’re new to ultras, you’re in a safe place) - the Golden Ultra is a qualifying race for the Ultra-trail de Mont Blanc. 

Our races that qualify you for points are:

120KM: 5 points

Full Pint (85KM) Stage Race: 4 points

Half Pint (45KM) Stage Race: 2 points

Sweat (55KM): 3 points

Conquer (30KM): 1 point

Tears (20KM): 1 point

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HOW DOES THE UTMB POINT SYSTEM WORK?

Essentially, you need to collect qualification points by running races which show that you would have the ability to take on a UTMB race. You have 2 years to collect the points (ex. from 1st Jan 2019 until 31st December 2020 for the 2021 UTMB races). Points are based on race difficulty on a scale of 1-6, with 6 being the most difficult. You then enter a lottery, and then there’s a draw that takes place in early January each year.

You need 15 points to qualify for the UTMB lottery. Our event is currently one of four in Canada where runners can earn 5 points!

Want a little extra convenience on race weekend? We have Meal and Accommodation plans!

Looking to take some of the planning out of your weekend in Golden? Our meal and accommodation package is hosted in private lodges and rental properties at scenic Kicking Horse Resort. This lovely deal is now down to 3 rooms left!

This package includes:

  • Accommodation on Friday & Saturday nights

  • Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday

  • Dinner on Saturday

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You will stay in a gorgeous home on the hill, close to the Day 1 race action, and right in the heart of a world class venue. It’s important to note that the houses will be shared with other racers. If you enjoy comfort AND the opportunity to meet other participants, this will be a great experience for you! There will also be plenty of racers staying in other homes on the hill, if you like to socialize! An additional perk is that these properties are far away from the fairly consistent train noise that we have to deal with in the town of Golden (being a transportation hub) - so they are IDEAL for maximum rest.

Single and double occupancy rooms are available.

Join us for an Orientation Run this summer!

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Join us for an exclusive preview of the Golden Ultra course(s) this coming July or August! We will give you a sneak peek of what you can expect in September, and we will probably drag you to our local Whitetooth Brewery for a patio beer afterwards. During our sessions, we will provide nutrition by Skratch and knowledgable local run guides to show you the key features of the course.

July 13th or August 10th are our two feature dates. Sign up for one, or both if you’re keen! Pre-registration is a must. Upon registering, you will be asked a few questions about what course(s) you are looking to check out.

Once you’ve committed to a summer hangout with us, we will be in touch via email the week prior to arrange a meeting location and tour description.

Need Some Guidance? We Got You! Training Plans for All Races Are Now Underway!

Fresh in stock for 2019, we’re featuring expertly tailored training plans that will guide you through your next 8 months of training. Created by our local trail running coach and race director, Magi Scallion - you can count on these programs being intimately geared towards the terrain and difficulty of each course.

We've cultivated programs for our 45KM stage race (sampled below), our 85KM stage race, and our 120KM Ultramarathon. These feature varied cardio, strength, and terrain workouts as well as pre-calculated durations for optimal training results. Whether you’re easing into stage racing with our Half Pint, or crushing out a massive distance like our 120K race, we’ve got a plan for your goal!

Here’s a sneak peak at what you can expect from one of our programs. Our plans include some buzzy training words / exercises that we’ll be regularly implementing. Don’t know what a fartlek is?  Don’t worry, as part of your training plan purchase you’ll be sent exclusive videos and instructions.

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Put your planner aside and let us detail out your next 8 months of training. All you gotta do is show up and work!

All plans start February 5th. Let’s gooooo!