Date: Saturday, July 23, 2022
Distance: 35km | 50km | 50km 2 person relay | Kids Race (~1km)
With almost 2500 meters / 8250 feet of climbing and descent through the rough and rugged North Shore Mountains of British Columbia, Buckin' Hell earns its name, and reputation. The race starts and finishes at the Mount Seymour Resort, atop Mount Seymour, and runners begin by running straight up the mountain from there. After tagging a lower summit, runners will begin their 1200 meter descent on down to the Seymour River far, far below. Along the way competitors travel through remnants of old growth forest, mixed in with modern day bike trails, woodwork and seemingly never ending technical terrain underfoot. Don’t leave it all out there on the descent as you still have to climb back on up the opposite side of the mountain to finish this thing off! Buckin' Hell is an absolute showcase of some of the best trails and vantage points that Vancouver's North Shore has to offer.
Start and finish in the scenic ski resort area of Mount Seymour Resort.
Distance options of a 35K course, a 50K ultra distance, and a 50K two-person relay. Featuring local favourite trails such as the Baden Powell, Mystery Lake, Neds, Severed, Brockton Lookout and the eponymous Old Buck trail, this is one of the most technically challenging 50km races you'll come across!
The Kids Race is 1km in length, and most runners are aged between 3 - 10, though we welcome all kids to participate. It's not timed, is non-competitive and purely for the fun of all involved, but with special kids' bibs and random draw prizes. Registration is a $5 donation to a pregnancy loss organization, and is available online, or on race morning.
Ascent: 1700m / 5500ft
Descent: 1700m / 5500ft
View an interactive map with elevation profile below.
Download a GPX file of the route by clicking here.
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|Date||Saturday, July 23, 2022|
|Distances||35km, 50km, 50km two person relay|
|Location||Mt Seymour Resort, North Vancouver, BC|
|Start times||50km - 7:00am - 11hr cutoff
Relay - 7:30am - 11hr cutoff
35km - 8:00am - 7hr cutoff
Kid's Race - 8:15am
|Start/Finish||Mt Seymour Resort, North Vancouver, BC|
|Awards||2:30pm - 35km awards
3:00pm - 50km solo and relay
Stick around for the post-race Pizza Party at Mt Seymour Resort, which is included in your entry fee.🍕 (With the start/finish venue change, we're working on adding a beer gardens as well)
Friday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm @ Kintec (North Van), with 20% off all but electronics and medical devices.
Saturday at our race start at Mt Seymour Resort on race morning:
- 50km: 6:00am - 6:45am
- Relay: 6:00am - 7:15am
- 35km: 7:00am - 7:45am
ID MUST BE SHOWN TO PICKUP YOUR RACER PACKAGE. BIBS CANNOT BE PICKED UP BY ANYONE BUT THE REGISTERED RUNNER. NO EXCEPTIONS.
There is plenty of free parking in the Mt Seymour parking lot.
Aid Stations and Drop Bags:
35km - 4 aid stations (roughly kms 6/12.5 / 23 / 27)
50km - 6 aid stations (roughly kms 6 / 12.5 / 18.5 / 26 / 35 / 44.5)
Drop bags - one drop bag you'll see twice at kms 18.5 and 26.
All aid stations and drop bag locations are clearly displayed on the course map.
Our aid stations have all the good stuff: Hammer gel, Heed electrolyte, Coke, chips, fruit, cookies, nuts, watermelon and pickles.
2 Person Relay: 50km total distance split via 25.5km and 24.5km legs:
25.5km leg is +1850m / -800m
24.5km leg is +800m / -1850m
*Relay teams must provide their own transport to and from the relay point.
Mandatory Gear: none
Poles are allowed for both distances right from the start of the race.
Cupless: In our effort to reduce waste, all our races are now cup-free, meaning you'll need to pack along your own cup for fluids at aid stations and at the finish line. Here are two suggestions: a collapsible cup (available in our merch store), or a homemade version cutting the top off an empty juicebox.
Bag Check: There will be a tent at the start/finish line to leave a bag, but it is not monitored so please label your bag and do not leave any valuables.
Dropping off your Drop Bags:
This is done by you on race morning. We will have a single clearly marked location at the race start for you to place your individual drop bag. We will provide 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 oversized drop bags will not be permitted and will be denied on site.
Please note that drop bags not claimed by you at the end of the weekend 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 and if your crew is spotted in a designated “non access point” you will face disqualification. The reason for “non access points” is a direct requirement of our event permits.
Crews are NOT ALLOWED at Old Buck aid station. Our permits no longer allow for this increased traffic to an area that simply cannot support it as far as parking and access goes. Crew and spectators are NOT ALLOWED at Old Buck aid station under any circumstance.
Crew and spectators ARE allowed at all other aid station locations, those include:
AS1 Start – Finish
AS2 & AS6 Mushroom Parking Lot
AS3 & AS4 Homestead
Please note that crew members are not allowed access to any aid station supplies. Crews can crew for their runners just outside of the aid station area, but not more than 25 meters from the aid station. No runner is allowed outside support at any point other than the crew access points listed above.
- 12:15pm / 4hrs15mins into your run. Old Buck Aid Station. KM23
- 1:15pm / 5hrs15mins into your run. Mushroom Aid Station, second time through. KM27
50k and Relay:
- 5hrs3mins into your run. Homestead Aid Station, second time through. KM 26
- 7hrs30mins into your run. Old Buck Aid Station. KM 35
- 9hrs30mins into your run. Mushroom Aid Station, second time through. KM 44.5
Awards / Results: Awards will be presented for top three per gender, and top team only per relay category M/W/Mixed.
Age categories are distinguished in our online posted results, but we do not present age group awards.
2:30pm - 30km awards
3:00pm - 50km solo and relay
All finishers (30K, 50K, relay) receive our unique, super amazing Buckin' Hell medal! Yes, that's a functioning bottle opener. With horns.
10 Essentials: We encourage everyone to always carry the 10 Essentials for backcountry safety in your pack - whether you’re out training or adventuring on your own or with friends, or participating in one of our extensively marked races, you can never predict what might happen. Learn more about the 10 Essentials in this article by North Shore Rescue.
Pre-Run: PNW Trailrunners (Gareth & Jeanelle) are hosting an independent pre-run of the course based from Mt Seymour Resort. More information and registration will be released soon. $5 donation to North Shore Rescue to take part.
UTMB Qualifier: The Buckin' Hell 50km is a UTMB Qualifier, with 3 points.
Race results for all years are available below.
2019 race day photos galleries are now posted:
2022 Registration will open on Dec 3, 2021 @ 7am PST.
|Distance||Dec 3||Mar 31||Race Cap|
|50 KM Relay||$175||$195||100|