Survival of the Fittest

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Survival of the Fittest

May 28th, 2022 - 18km / 35km

Overview

Date: May 28th, 2022
Distance: 18km | 35km | Kids Race (~1km)

A fantastic loop from the incredibly scenic Quest University lands in Squamish, BC. With a generous mix of climbing, descending, runnable and technical, these courses have it all. Views across the valley at the dominant Tantalus Mountain Range are presented via both distances.

Our 18 km option has seen all of the top local talent race it over the years, and as such the course records are incredibly stout. We added a 35 km option in 2018 that's quickly become an early season favourite for those pursuing longer distances with their summer running goals. The courses both include local classics such as Legacy and Megacy, STP, Somewhere Over There, Hoods In The Woods, and Blaine's Connector, all hemmed in between our two bridge crossings over Darwin's and Carpenter's Son. Revel in the theory of evolution as you cross Darwin's early on, and test your faith above the rapids on Carpenter's Son near the end.

Kids Race:
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, and is available online, or on race morning. Our charity will be a pregnancy loss support organization (TBA).

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Course

Ascent: 1050m / 3400ft
Descent: 1050m / 3400ft

Course Maps

View an interactive map with elevation profile below.

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Schedule

Date: May 28, 2022
Distances: 18km / 35km
Location: Quest University, Squamish, BC
Start times:

8:30am - Kids Race
9:00am - 35km
9:30am - 18km

Start/Finish: Quest University
Upper campus area (between the library and cafeteria)
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Details

Package Pickup:
Friday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm @ Escape Route (Squamish)
Saturday: 7:00am – 9:15am at our race start

ID MUST BE SHOWN TO PICKUP YOUR RACER PACKAGE. BIBS CANNOT BE PICKED UP BY ANYONE BUT THE REGISTERED RUNNER. NO EXCEPTIONS. 

Parking: All public parking areas around Quest are available on race weekend, including the tennis court, recplex, and gravel lot at the roundabout, and Village and Mamquam roads. As always, we encourage carpooling and other alternate means of transport to reduce congestion.

Aid Stations:
18 km - 1 Aid Station at 9km
35 km - 3 Aid Stations at 5, 17 and 28km (2 unique Aid Stations, one that is visited twice at 5km and 17km, and the other at 28km)
NOTE: Aid Stations are OFF LIMITS to crew and spectators as they are located in high traffic FSR areas. Our permits these areas require that we keep these areas congestion free, and runners who have people breaking these rules will be disqualified.

Our aid stations have all the good stuff: Hammer gel, Heed electrolyte, Coke, water, chips, fruit, cookies, and other surprises, all courtesy Hammer and Nesters Market in Squamish.

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.

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.

Poles (hiking / trekking / running poles) are NOT ALLOWED in any distances at SOTF.

Cutoffs (35km only)
11:15am / 3.25hrs into your run. AS 2 (Garibaldi Park Rd crossing, second time). Km17.
2:15pm / 6.25hrs into your run. AS3 (Ring Creek FSR crossing). Km28
3:30pm / 7.5hrs into your run. Finish Line.

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.

Results

Race results for all years are available below.

2021 Results: 18 km

2021 Results: 35 km

Historic results

Photos

Get a glimpse of past races in the photos below:

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REGISTRATION

Registration for Survival of the Fittest 2022 will open December 3rd at 7am PST.

Distance Dec 3 Jan 3 Race Cap
18 KM $60 $70 250
35 KM $75 $85 250