Buckin’ Hell


Buckin’ Hell

Saturday, July 28th, 2018 - 30km, 50km, two person 50km relay

Date: Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Distance:  30km, 50km, two person 50km relay


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 and finish in the stunningly beautiful Deep Cove! Distance options of a 30km course, a 50km ultra distance, and two person relay race. Featuring local favourite trails such as the Baden Powell, Dales, Neds, Severed, Brockton Lookout and the eponymous Old Buck trail, this is one of the most technically challenging and 50km races you’ll come across!



Ascent: TBC / TBC
Descent: TBC / TBC 

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Ascent: 2600m8600ft
Descent: 2600m8600ft

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Date Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Distances 30km TBC, 50km, two person 50km relay
Location Deep Cove, North Vancouver, BC
Start times 30km – 8:00am
50km – 7am – 11hr cutoff
Relay – 7am – 11hr cutoff
Kid’s Race – 8:30am
Start/Finish Panorama Park, Deep Cove
**Please note there is no parking allowed in Deep Cove. Read the following note on Parking**
Awards 2pm – 30km awards
3pm – 50km solo and relay

Stick around for the post-race Pizza Party in Panorama Park which is included in your entry fee!


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 1km to the starting line. 

Aid Stations, Water Stations and Drop Bags: 
30km – TBA
50km – 7 aid stations (kms 13 / 20 (water only + DB) / 23 / 28 (DB) / 32 (DB) / 38 / 44) 

Drop bags, two separate bags you’ll see three times at kms 20 / 28 / 32.

All aid stations, water stations and drop bag locations are clearly displayed on the course map. 

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.

All CMTS races are now cup free events, meaning you’ll need to pack along your own source for fluids at aid stations and at the finish line. Here are two suggestions: A packable style bottle, or a homemade version in which you simply lop the top off of an empty kids juicebox. ​

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:
Friday, July 27th: 5:00pm – 8:00pm @ Kintec (North Van) 

Saturday, July 28th at our race start on race morning:

  • 50km: 6:00am – 6:45am at Panorama Park, Deep Cove (out on the boat dock in the cove)
  • Relay: 6:00am – 6:45am at Panorama Park, Deep Cove (out on the boat dock in the cove)
  • 30km: 7:00am – 8:00am at Panorama Park, Deep Cove


30km: TBA

50k and Relay:

  • 10am / 3hrs into your run. Old Buck Aid Station, first time through. KM 13
  • 2pm / 7hrs into your run. Top of Seymour Aid Station, first time through. KM 29
  • 3pm / 8hrs into your run. Top of Seymour Aid Station, second time through. KM 33
  • 4pm / 9hrs into your run. Mushroom Parking Lot Aid Station. KM 38
  • 5pm / 10hrs into your run. Old Buck Aid Station, second time through. KM 44
  • 6pm / 11hrs into your run. Finish line in Panorama Park, Deep Cove. KM50

*All ultra distance finishers will receive this limited edition Buckin’ Hell dog tag*

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. 

2pm – 30km awards
3pm – 50km solo and relay

10 Essentials:
Although all our courses are excellently marked, you can never predict what can happen during a race. We recommend learning about the 10 essentials for backcountry safety and bringing them in your running pack. Learn more about the 10 essentials in this article by North Shore Rescue.

UTMB Qualifier:
The Buckin’ Hell 50km is now a UTMB Qualifier, with 3 new points (1 old point).


Race results for 2017 are available on Race Splitter using the buttons below. You can also access previous years results by clicking here (or here for 2013 results).

2017 Results: 15 km

2017 Results: 50 km

2017 Results: 50 km Relay


2017 race day photos were taken by Brian McCurdy and are available to purchase though his website using the button below.

2017 Race Photos

Get an inside look at the 2017 race in the photos below!


Distance Dec 1st May 28th Race Cap
30 KM $65 $75 150
50 KM $115 $135 200
50 KM Relay (per team) $115 $135 50 teams

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Registration for the Buckin’ Hell 2018 races is open!