For the first time, the world’s toughest 400m race, the Red Bull 400, is coming to Whistler Olympic Park on July 19, 2015. The greatest athletes will test their stamina by taking on the steepest 400-meter race in the world, competing the reach the top of the Callaghan Valley ski jumping slope, used in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Although the Red Bull 400 is only a total distance of 400 m, participants will be climbing from the bottom of the ski jump all the way to the top. The race will have three categories, Solo, Co-ed (4x100m) and one for Firefighters/Policmen/EMS (4x100m). Although the distance is quite short, the uphill crawl will most definitely be testing these athlete’s speed and endurance. The cost to register is $40 for the Solo Category, and $25/person for the teams of 4. (Photo: Dave O)
As the venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic games, the Whistler Olympic Park at Callaghan valley hosted sports such as biathlon, ski jump and cross country skiing, paving the way for some of the most legendary Olympians to win their Gold medals. In the summer, the area completely transforms into a sunshine-filled paradise, with some of the most amazing hiking trails, the Bobsleigh experience, or see some of the local bears playing from a distance. Not immune to extreme sports, the annual Tough Mudder Whistler is also held Callaghan Valley, in addition to the inaugural Red Bull 400 this summer.
Whistler Olympic Park is about a 20 minute drive from Whistler Village. There’s free parking in Callaghan Valley with eight parking lots, accommodating up to 500 cars. There are tons of pet-friendly areas in the the park, just make sure they’re on leash at all times.
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