With almost 2600 meters / 9000 feet of climbing and descent through the rough and rugged North Shore Mountains of British Columbia, Buckin' Hell earns its name! The race starts and finishes oceanside in the stunning Panorama Park, Deep Cove and runners ascend Mount Seymour while travelling through remnants of old growth forest before topping out over 4000ft above to enjoy magnificent mountain views. Buckin' Hell is an absolute showcase of some of the best trails and vantage points that Vancouver's North Shore has to offer!
START/FINISH in the stunningly beautiful Deep Cove! Distance options of a 15km short course, with 900 meters of climbing and descent, and a 50k ultra distance and two person relay race. Local favorite trails such as the Baden Powell, Dales, Neds, Severed, Old Buck and Brockton Lookout. This is one of the most challenging and technical 50km races you'll come across!
Date: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 Distances:15km, 50km, two person 50km relay (27km + 23km) Location: Deep Cove, North Vancouver, BC Start Time: 50km - 6am - 11hr cutoff Relay - 6am - 11hr cutoff 15km - 8am Kid's Race - 7:30am
Start/Finish: Panorama Park, Deep Cove - **Please note there is no parking allowed in Deep Cove. Read the following note on Parking**
Parking: Event parking is a concern for Deep Cove residents. Please leave extra time to ensure you park in designated areas, and do not cause congestion or park in resident parking zones. We've been through extensive consultations to be able to continue having this event in this beautiful area, please support our efforts in addressing residents' concerns. Parking is NOT ALLOWED at Panorama Park, so we must guide you to use parking at a nearby school: Seycove Secondary School We will provide a free post race shuttle back to your car, but pre-race you must make your way to the start line on your own time. If you are not being dropped off in Deep Cove please allow a solid 25 minutes to park and walk the 700 meters to the starting line. Here's an image of where to park and the quickest way to the starting area.
Aid Stations, Water Stations and Drop Bags: 15km - Two aid stations, one at 4km and one at 12km 50km - Seven aid stations (kms 4 / 13 / 23 / 29 / 32 / 38 / 44) + one water station (km 20), access to two separate drop bags including one you'll see twice (kms 20 / 29 / 32). All aid stations, water stations and drop bag locations are clearly displayed on the map below. 2 Person Relay - 50km total distance split via 27km and 23km legs. 27km leg is +1850m / -800m 23km leg is +800m / -1850m *Relay teams must provide their own transport up and down Mount Seymour. One runner runs to the top while the teammate drives to the top, and once the first runner completes their leg they drive back down and greet their teammate at the finish line.
Dropping off your Drop Bags: This is done by you on race morning. We will have two clearly marked separate locations at the race start for you to place your individual drop bags. We will provide white duct tape and sharpies for you to clearly label you bag with your full name and your race bib number. Please keep drop bags to a reasonable size, usually the size of a shoe box, a shoe bag, a small backpack. Typical drop bag supplies would include spare gear / clothing / lube and some food items that you train with that you may not find at the aid stations, such as a specific drink mix or a brand of product that you prefer.
Please note that drop bags not claimed by you at the end of the day will be donated to charity or discarded of entirely. We will not be able to store or ship any drop bag supplies under any circumstances. Drop bags will return to the finish line immediately following the shutdown of each independent drop bag location.
Crew Access: Please note this is strictly enforced. Crews are allowed at the Old Buck Parking Lot AS at kms 13 and 44, and crews are allowed at the Mt. Seymour AS at kms 29 and 32. Crews are strictly forbidden at all other locations on course due to parking and safety issues. Crew members are not allowed access to aid station supplies. Crews can crews for their runners just outside of the aid station area, but not more than 50 meters from the aid station. No runner is allowed outside support at any point other than the two crew access points listed here. Package Pickup (ID needed to pick up bib) Friday, July 21st: 5:00pm - 8:00pm The Run Centre, North Vancouver OR on race morning Saturday, July 22nd at our race start 50km 5:00am - 5:45am at Panorama Park, Deep Cove Relay 5:00am - 5:45am at Panorama Park, Deep Cove 15km 6:30am - 7:30am at Panorama Park, Deep Cove
Cutoffs, 15km: 11am / 3hrs into your run, Baden Powell Aid Station (road crossing). KM 12
Cutoffs, 50k and Relay: 9am / 3hrs into your run. Old Buck Aid Station, first time through. KM 13 1pm / 7hrs into your run. Top of Seymour Aid Station, first time through. KM 29 2pm / 8hrs into your run. Top of Seymour Aid Station, second time through. KM 33 3pm / 9hrs into your run. Mushroom Parking Lot Aid Station. KM 38 4pm / 10hrs into your run. Old Buck Aid Station, second time through. KM 44
Awards (timing): Please note, we only present awards for top three per gender and per relay team category M/W/Mixed. Age categories are distinguished in our online posted results, but we do not present age group awards. 11am - 15km awards 2pm - 50km and relay UTMB Qualifier The Buckin' Hell 50km is now a UTMB Qualifier, with 3 new points (1 old point).