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10 Sea to Sky Trail Running Races for 2016

Posted by Vince Shluey on 5/13/2016 to Events
10 Sea to Sky Trail Running Races for 2016
One of the cheapest and most accessible ways to get exercise in the outdoors is with running. It's great for cardiovascular fitness, improves bone and muscle strength and burns lots of calories. Pounding sidewalk pavement may be the only option for runners in the city or suburbs, but here in the Sea to Sky we love running on trails. The scenery is more beautiful, the surface we run on is softer and it takes more concentration to negotiate hazards such as rocks and logs. And if you're ready for a challenge, you can throw you're hat in the ring for one of the many trail running races taking place this summer.
Here are 10 trail running races taking place in the Sea to Sky in 2016 in chronological order. So head out and start training today!

Survival of the Fittest, May 28, Squamish

Part of the Coast Mountain Trail Running Series, Survival of the Fittest is great start to the running season climbing and descending the mountain bike trails on the lower flanks of Diamond Head Mountain near Quest University. Beautiful views of the Tantalus Mountain Range in the higher meadows with single track for majority of the course.

Distance: 13km, 18km

Elevation gain: 700m (13km), 1050 (18km)

Elevation loss: 700m (13km), 1050 (18km)

Website: coastmountaintrailseries.com/survival


Bridge crossing on the Comfortably Numb trail. Photo by David McColm


Comfortably Numb Race June 11, Whistler

A classic Whistler trail running race following the world-renowned mountain bike trail Comfortably Numb. A rolling course with plenty of hill climbs and descents, bridges and rock gardens. A shuttle is provided to the start area and the finish zone next to Green Lake on the edge of Nicklaus North Golf Course is a fitting reward after this gruelling grind.

Distance: 23km

Elevation gain: 800m

Elevation loss: 790m

Website: comfortablynumb.ca


Sea to Sky Scramble, June 25, Squamish

Run Squamish hosts this hill climb event in partnership with the Sea to Sky Gondola, climbing one kilometre of vertical up the iconic Sea to Summit Trail. Enjoy the festivities at the top and a relaxed download back to the valley. A great training race for vertical ascents.

Distance: 23km

Elevation gain: 1000m

Elevation loss: 0

Website: runsquamish.com/explore/sea-sky-scramble


Feeling the pain along the 50-mile Tenderfoot Boogie


Tenderfoot Boogie, June 25, Squamish to Whistler

Ever wanted to run from Squamish to Whistler? The 50km and 50 mile distances of the Tenderfoot Boogie will scratch that itch with some of the most amazing views of any trail running race in the province. A 28km course starting at Brandywine Falls and a 13km sprint from Function Junction are also on offer.

Distance: 13km, 28km, 50km and 50 mile (ultra)

Elevation gain: 3040m (50mi)

Elevation loss: 72406m (50mi)

Website: trailwhisperer.ca/Tenderfoot


5 Peaks, August 27, Whistler

A great introductory trail running race for the whole family. A free 1km Children's Challenge and 3-km Timed Kids' Race complement the sport (6.6km) and enduro (10.6km) distances. Trails loop out along hiking routes in the Blackcomb alpine. Lift access is required for a fixed fee upon registration.

Distance: 6.6km, 10.6km, 3km & 1km for kids

Elevation gain: 360m (6.6km), 645m (10.6km)

Elevation loss: TBA

Website: 5peaks.com/shop/whistler-blackcomb-race-4


Climbing the High Note Trail on Whistler Mountain for the Salamon Valley to Peak Race


Salomon Valley to Peak, September 3, Whistler

Back for its second year, the Valley to Peak race is the grandaddy of hill climb races in the Sea to Sky. Sign up for the relay in teams of three or tackle climbing the entire course up to the peak of Whistler Mountain yourself. Download after the race via the Peak Chair and Whistler Village Gondola.

Distance: 20km

Elevation gain: 1609m

Elevation loss: 0

Website: whistlerblackcomb.com/valley-to-peak


Sky Pilot Trail Run, September 11, Squamish

The long course for the Sky Pilot trail running race is all new for 2016, with tentative plans to include a scramble section with installed metal rungs. It travels from the top of the gondola up towards the shoulder of Mt. Habrich with panoramic views of Howe Sound. Sky Pilot is the fifth instalment in the Coast Mountain Trail Series.

Distance: 14km, 23km, Kids Race

Elevation gain: 750m (14km), 1500m (23km)

Elevation loss: 750m (14km), 1500m (23km)

Website: coastmountaintrailseries.com/sky-pilot


Start and finish zone for the Barn Burner Triple


Barn Burner Triple, September 17, Pemberton

A unique course format of three loops, runners can choose to tackle the 10, 15 or 25 km with every loop returning back through the Pemberton Community Barn. This race maintains a no frills, grass roots feel with the barn as gathering place for racers and their friends and families.

Distance: 10 km, 15 km, 25 km

Elevation gain: TBA

Elevation loss: TBA

Website: barnburnertriple.com


Rotary Brandywine Boogie, September 19, Whistler

A fundraiser event for the Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium, this community event follows 11.5 km of the Sea to Sky Trail from Cheakamus Crossingto Brandywine Provincial Park. A great run for all ages without big climbs or descents.

Distance: 11.5 km

Elevation gain: TBA

Elevation loss: TBA

Website: raceonline.ca/events/BrandywineBoogie


River crossing on the Rubble Creek Classic


Rubble Creek Classic September 25, Whistler

One of the Sea to Sky's oldest running events, the Rubble Creek Classic maintains a vehement following in the trail running community. A brutal climb, a traverse through the alpine meadows under Black Tusk and a punishing descent to the Rubble Creek trail head. Escape Route has been organizing this race for over 20 years now, with spots selling out every year.

Distance: 24.5km

Elevation gain: 1338m

Elevation loss: 1593m

Website: escaperoute.ca/Rubble-Creek-Classic


Note: The Squamish50 trail running race (August 20-21) was not included in this list as it has already fully sold out.

Escape Route runs weekly running clinics, meeting every Tuesday at 5:30pm at our Squamish store. Click here to join the Facebook group.

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