Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021
Distance: 30km | 50km | 50km relay (2 person) | Kids Race (~1km)
With almost 2600 meters / 8600 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 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 free, and is available online, or on race morning.
Ascent: 1700m / 5500ft
Descent: 1700m / 5500ft
View an interactive map with elevation profile below.
Note: While the route data through the map below shows distance/elevation to be slightly short, we’re confident you’ll cover the full prescribed distance on the day.
Download a GPX file of the route by clicking here.
Or, you can view an image of the course map below. You can click the image to open a larger file in a new tab, or download onto your mobile device.
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|Date||Saturday, July 24, 2021|
|Distances||30km, 50km, two person 50km relay|
|Location||Deep Cove, North Vancouver, BC|
|Start times||50km – 7:00am – 11hr cutoff
Relay – 7:00am – 11hr cutoff
30km – 8:00am – 7hr 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.🍕
Friday, July 23: 5:00pm – 8:00pm @ Kintec (North Van), with 20% off all but electronics and medical devices.
Saturday, July 24 at our race start on race morning:
- 50km: 6:00am – 6:45am at Panorama Park, Deep Cove (near the playground)
- Relay: 6:00am – 6:45am at Panorama Park, Deep Cove (near the playground)
- 30km: 7:00am – 7:45am at Panorama Park, Deep Cove (near the playground)
ID MUST BE SHOWN TO PICKUP YOUR RACER PACKAGE. BIBS CANNOT BE PICKED UP BY ANYONE BUT THE REGISTERED RUNNER. NO EXCEPTIONS.
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 nearby schools: Seycove Secondary School, Cove Cliff Elementary, Dorothy Lynas School or on-street parking where there are no restrictions (along Deep Cove Rd, etc).
Download and print this Parking Map to make your race morning parking smoother.
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 and Drop Bags:
30km – 3 aid stations (kms 10 / 15 / 24)
50km – 7 aid stations (kms 13 / 20 (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 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. At the Mt Seymour aid station we’ll also have bacon and avocado.
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.
Mandatory Gear: none
Poles are allowed for both distances ONLY after the Hyannis Aid Station (KM10/first aid station for 30km and KM20/second aid station for 50km).
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 two clearly marked separate locations at the race start for you to place your individual drop bags. 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 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 28 and 32.
Crews are strictly forbidden at all other locations on course including the Mushroom parking lot, 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.
- 11:45am / 3hrs45mins into your run. Mushroom Aid Station, first time through. KM15
- 3:00pm / 7hrs into your run. Finish line in Panorama Park, Deep Cove. KM30
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
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.
2pm – 30km awards
3pm – 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 out of Deep Cove. Visit the PNW Trailrunners site for more information and registration. $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:
Get an inside look at the 2018 race in the photos below!
Registration information for Survival of the Fittest 2021 will be available in January 2021.