90 KM

Geoff Langford

90 KM

Sept 23-25, 2022 - Whistler Alpine Meadows

With too many variables outside our control, we've had to postpone the 90km, 110km, 100m, Ascent and Triple WAMMY events to WAM 2022. We're looking forward to seeing you then, and hopefully having WAM back to normal!

Date: Sun, Sept 26, 2021
Distance: 90 km / 56 miles
Ascent: 5000 m / 16,400 ft
Descent: 5000 m / 16,400 ft

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Overview

It’d be pretty challenging for anyone to design a tougher sub 100km distance race than this one. If you peep the course map, you’ll see just how aesthetic this route really is, with a full 90 kilometers of truly unique trail.

Now imagine alpine views that rival the best in the world, it is Whistler after all, as you ascend and descend two major mountains along the way.

Your race begins by heading out to the perfectly tranquil Jane Lakes area, which have seen some nice trail upgrades over the last few years.  As you clear your first aid station, you’ll next run past an extinct volcano and along the “Crater Rim Trail”, which passes around the upper ridges that surround Logger’s Lake. Shortly thereafter you can’t help but notice that you’re already hours into your race, yet you’ve only done a smattering of climbing thus far…yup, the majority of your 5000+ meters of climbing will in fact come between kms 25 and 70. You – Are – Welcome! 😊

Next up is all of Whistler Mountain, bottom to top, 1700 meters / 5600 feet of relentlessness. The climb culminates with chains on rocks over the final upper slab as you are then presented 360-degree panoramic views as far as the eyes can see.

What goes up, must go down, and then up and down once more.

Singing Pass will take your breath away, with the tremendous Cheakamus Lake far below, reflecting snow-capped peaks in its pristine waters.

Remember that thirteen-kilometer ascent? How about an equal descent on the opposite side? How are those quads feeling now?

Kilometer 57 sees you back down in Whistler Village, and by kilometer 69 you’ll be 1400 meters (4600ft) higher, near the top of Blackcomb Mountain. You – Are – Welcome! 😊

Don’t you worry, the views will more than make up for the effort, with glaciers staring down on you as you marvel at beautiful jagged peaks all around you.

What goes up…yeah, yeah, yeah, you know this already…

Down, down, down. 10+ kilometers straight back down the mountain, followed by a final 10 technical singletrack kilometers to the finish line. Easy, peasy, right? Right?

You’ll promise to never do anything as stupid as this again…and you’ll wake up one day later, unable to walk straight, and wondering when you can start it all over again. This race will have an impact on your life, of that we are certain.

Course

Distance:  90 km / 56 miles
Ascent: 5000 m / 16,400 ft
Descent: 5000 m / 16,400 ft

Course Maps

View the course map below. You can click the image to open a larger file in a new tab, or download onto your mobile device.

WAM 110km Map

Click map above to download full size (warning - very large file!!)

Race Day Schedule

Date: Sept 23-25, 2022
Location: Whistler, BC
Start Time:

4:00am

Cutoff:

24hr00 cutoff

Start Line: Cheakamus Lake Road
Finish Line: Riverside Resort

Race Details

Please see full 90 km details in the table below. NOTE: These details are tentative, pending verification. On a mobile or smaller screen? This table scrolls!

AS# Location Total kms Split kms Elevation Splits Drop Bags? Crew? Toilet? Cut Off Time Cut Off Hrs
START Cheakamus 0 16.6 TBD - - Y TBD -
1 LSD 16.6 7.4 TBD N N Y TBD -
2 Cheakamus 24 3.5 TBD Y Y Y TBD -
3 Far Out 27.5 10.5 TBD N N Y TBD
4 Whistler Mtn 38 20 TBD N N Y TBD -
5 Base 2 58 6 TBD Y Y Y TBD
6 7th Heaven 64 9 TBD Y N Y TBD
7 Rendezvous 73 5 TBD N Y Y TBD -
8 Microclimate 78 12 TBD N N Y TBD -
FINISH Riverside 90 - - Y - Y 4:00am 24.0

​Aid Stations, Drop Bags and Finish Line Bags:

All races will have finish line bags, which will be under a tent which is not monitored so please label your bag and do not leave any valuables.

90k drop bags at:
AS #2 at Cheakamus Lake Road (25km)
AS #5 at Base 2, Blackcomb Mtn (58.5km)
AS #6 at 7th Heaven (64km)

Our aid stations feature all the good stuff courtesy of Nesters Market & Hammer: water, Hammer gel, Heed electrolyte, Coke, chips, fruit, nuts, cookies, soup, pickles, bacon, sandwiches, vegan options and other hot items, unique to each aid station. Some will have pizza, some will have french fries, some will have pancakes, all will attempt to have coffee.

​Cutoffs:

On Course cutoff times are TBD.
90k – Finish (Riverside Resort): 24h00min (Mon 04:00am)

​Crew, Pacers and Poles

Please click the button below to open crew driving directions in a new tab (PDF), from where you can download and print.

Crew Directions

Crew Accessible Aid Stations:

  • AS #2 at Cheakamus Lake Road
  • AS #5 at Base 2, Blackcomb Mtn
  • AS #7 at Rendezvous Lodge, Blackcomb Mtn

    Pacers: Pacers are NOT allowed in any distance due to permitting restrictions.

    Poles: Poles ARE allowed for this event. Please be careful and aware of other runners, and those who are immediately behind you.

    Registration Prerequisites

    Must perform at least 4 hours of trail work between Jan 1st and Sept 1st on the same year as the runner is running the WAM races. In lieu of performing trail work runners can make a cash donation equal to $20 per hour of the outstanding trail hours. For the 110k runners can donate $80 to the Whistler trails to forgo their volunteer requirements entirely.

    MAKE YOUR DONATION

    Volunteer hours can be performed anywhere in the world, on any trail system and with any trail organization.

    NOTE this is trail work and must contribute directly to building or maintenance of trails.  Volunteering at a race or event does not meet the requirement.

    Local trail organizations have a regular schedule of trail work times. For more info and to sign up, visit:

    SORCA (Squamish)
    WORCA (Whistler)
    NSMBA (North Shore)

    Once your trail work is completed, you must have this form completed by August 31st. On Sept 1st anyone with outstanding trail work hours will be expected to make a donation to the Whistler trails via the Donation link above.

    There are no physical prerequisites to register for any of our race distances. We trust that you’ve done at least some research and that you know what you’re getting into, and if you haven’t done your research and the proper training you really won’t last long on any of these routes anyways. The 110k and 100mile races in particular should not be your first stab at these distances, but that won’t stop many of you from trying, and there’s nothing to say that a newbie couldn’t finish these distances assuming that person respects the distance and performs the necessary training in the year leading up to the race. If you plan to wing it and somehow believe you can just get through these courses on a whim, on grit alone, then you’re just throwing your hard-earned money away, and we’ll happily take that hard earned moula and then list you as a DNF (did not finish) in our final results 🙂

    ​Mandatory Gear List:

    Gear checks will be staged throughout the course, and any runner failing to produce a piece of mandatory gear shall receive a 30-minute time penalty, per piece of missing gear, per gear check. (If you cross the finish line in 23h01 and have been assessed 90 minutes in time penalties, your subsequent finish time will be 24h31 and you will officially become a DNF.) Mandatory gear is mandatory at all times.

    a) waterproof breathable hooded jacket
    b) emergency bivy (space blankets do not count)
    c) whistle
    d) gloves
    e) toque or buff
    f) full length pants or tights (it counts if you’re wearing them)
    g) long sleeve shirt (arm sleeves do not count, but it does count if you’re wearing the long-sleeved shirt)
    h) headlamp (at least 100 lumens)

    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.

    ​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.

    For this race, we will have paper cups for soup for the longer distance Aid Stations.

    Register

    The 90 KM has been postponed to 2022.