The very first valley to peak race will be inaugurated in Whistler this September 5, 2015. Whistler Blackcomb will be working with the sports giant, Salomon, to spear head this highly challenging race. Tackle 23 km full vertical climb with an elevation gain of 1,609m, either solo or as a team of three. (Feature Photo: akunamatata)
Showcasing Whister’s Beautiful Alpine Terrain
The race will begin around Skier’s Plaza, by the Salomon store. Athletes will then traverse around Whistler’s extensive trail system to reach the top of Raven’s Nest for the first check point, and the Roundhouse Lodge on top of Whistler Mountain for the second check point. From there they will move on to tackle the Alpine trails.
This race is open for teams of 3 or for solo competitors, and early bird registration pricing will be $120 and $50 respectively, until August 23. The regular race fees will be $65 (solo) and $160 (team of 3). There will also be food and beverage discounts available to all participants. Participants must be 17 years and older on race day. All runners are given 5 hours to finish the entire valley to peak trek.
Just like any race, come prepared with the essentials, such as water, and your calories. Weather in the alpine can be unpredictable so carry a toque, gloves and long sleeves just in case. Most trails in Whistler are amply labelled but make sure to review the map and the trails before you run. There will be various aid stations, but all racers are encouraged to look out for each other, and be aware of others who may be in need of assistance. If you’re planning on wearing headphones during the race, make sure that the volume is low enough so that you are aware of other runners trying to pass you, or wild life in the area.
Don’t miss out on this brand new race! You still have lots of time to train. For weekend and long term Whistler accommodations, visit alluraDirect.com. Local whistler vacation rental supplier since 1998! Stay in the winter and take advantage of the early bird lift ticket discounts available with your accommodation booking!