Sunday, August 20, 2023 @ 8:00 am
Start: Quest University – Map to the Start Line
Finish: Junction Park, Cleveland Ave, Squamish – Map to the Finish Line
Ascent: 1000 m / 3300 ft
Descent: 1200 m / 3900 ft
This SHOULD NOT be your first trail race. It is a very difficult 23 km course.
Bus transport will be available to the start line for $5 per person. All buses depart at 7:00am. Shuttle pickup location is behind Brennan Park, and approximate bus transport time is 12 minutes. We offer free shuttles from the finish line back to your vehicle post-race.
Bus tickets are available to purchase during registration, in the Merchandise Store, and will be available at racer check-in.
REGISTRATIONS ARE NON-TRANSFERRABLE. Check our Registration page for further information.
Beautiful custom awards for the top three male and female finishers in each race by Aravaipa Artworx.
Finish Line Bags
One bag may be left at the Start Line at Quest to be transported to the Finish Line in downtown Squamish.
Km 4.5 & 12
Mile 2.8 & 7.5
Aid stations will have a selection of standard ultra running foods, such as:
- Näak gel and energy drink mix
- water and Coke
- fruit such as oranges, bananas, watermelon
- potato chips (usually gluten-free)
- snacks such as salted pretzels, gummies, m&m’s, cookies, etc.
- salted potatoes
- other gluten-free options
Crew & Spectator Access Points
Crew and spectators are allowed at AS 2, Far Side. Please note that you will have to park and walk to the aid station, and as such you may not make it back to the finish line in time to see your runner.
Any runners being crewed further than 30 meters from an aid station run the risk of being disqualified.
Start Line at Quest to Aid Station #2 at Far Side
Aid Station #2 at Far Side to Finish Line in downtown Squamish
Starting off on the stunning plateau at Quest University we proceed up Mamquam – Garibaldi Park Road for a kilometre until we can access The Climb Trail. While ascending The Climb Trail you are presented with numerous vantage points back down valley and across the mountain peaks on the far side. It’s dreamy. You’ll love it. If you’re packing a camera you’ll be stopping to snap some pics.
As you pop out of the singletrack you’ll take a right to proceed down the Northside Connector FSR into Ring Creek FSR (both gravel) for about a kilometre you’ll then cross Garibaldi and access the aid station at km 4.5.
Once across you go straight back onto singletrack via Fool’s Gold. This is a flowy descent that
will bring you to the Darwin’s Bridge crossing, followed by a short but steep climb on the
A few hundred meters up the climb you will take your a right onto STP. This singletrack trail hugs the backside of a ridge as it descends into the valley below. Once you come into a clearing look up and to your right at the downhill mountain biking stunts some ten feet of the ground. Be thankful we’re not running you over them! STP will lead you onto Bonsai and as you start in on some more climbing you’ll be rewarded with an expansive view back over The Mamquam Range.
From Bonsai we’ll cut left onto Somewhere Over There. This is the most technical trail of our race. It’s typical Squamish and we love it! When you exit Somewhere Over There you’ll turn left onto the gravel Powerline Road, at which point you’ll catch views of The Tantalus Range on the opposite side of the valley.
About a kilometre down and you’ll cross a large bridge. If you’re not racing it’s worth taking a second to look over both sides as the rocks and rapids below are worth the stop. Just around the corner from here you arrive at your second full aid station at km 12 / mile 7.5, Farside.
Departing your aid station you head into Fartherside and then S&M Connector. Enjoy this open slightly graded descent but don’t worry, you’re not done with your climbing just yet!
Crossing under the powerlines you take a right onto the boardwalk, followed by a quick left onto Endo but only briefly before you turn right onto Seven Stitches as you slowly climb up to Pipe Trail. From Pipe Trail you are closing in on your final climb of the day, up Mountain Of Phlegm. Don’t fuss over the name though, we’ve saved the best views for last! From the top of Mountain Of Phlegm, which is a short but steep climb, it’s ‘almost’ all downhill to your finish line.
Take Summer’s Eve into The Smoke Bluffs, blaze past the rock climbers and boulderers until you end up in the parking lot down below. It’s time to get those legs to turn over on some flat stuff finally, and you’re only a few kilometres from celebrating your achievement in our beer gardens!
Along the water, through Rose Park, under the highway and down to Junction Park at the O’Siyam Pavilion, where you can finally lay down and call it a day!
In case you’ve made it this far and haven’t deduced this just yet… it’s NOT an easy course, but if you train hard you’ll be one of those receiving a finisher’s medal at Junction Park, in downtown Squamish, on Sunday afternoon.