Whistler Alpine Meadows

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Whistler Alpine Meadows

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 - 12km, 25km, 55km, NEW 110km (TBC 175km for 2019)

Date: Saturday, Sept 22nd, 2018
Distance:  12km | 25km | 55km | NEW 110km | Kids Race (~1km)
(and TBC 175km for 2019!)

Overview

With 2 back to back trail closures for grizzly bears in the last 10 days affecting every one of our courses, our team has worked with all the permitting bodies and pulled out all the stops to put together some incredibly stellar alternative courses for this year. We’ve updated the website with all the details for this year, but please let us know if you notice something that doesn’t line up.

Welcome to the Whistler Alpine Meadows race. Quite simply some of the most fantastic terrain you could ever hope to run on, with the added bonus of being in the world class destination of Whistler, BC.

The Whistler Alpine Meadows trail races (WAM) encompass all of the absolute highlights of what Whistler has to offer. Many of the alpine trails have in fact only been constructed over the last few years, and runners will be treated to alpine meadows, waterfalls, wildflowers, glaciers and mountain views as far as the eye can see.

The Whistler Alpine Meadows races have it all and are not shy on the elevation profile side of things either. For our ‘revised’ courses in 2018, the 12km distance has 650m / 2100ft , the 25km distance boasts 1000m / 3280ft, our 55km race has a challenging 2500m / 8200ft, and the 110km distance lays out a staggering 5000m / 16,500ft! Buckle up!

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Course

Ascent/Descent: 520m / 1700ft

Click the map above to view a larger image.

Schedule

Date: Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Distances: 12km, 25km, 55km, NEW 110km for 2018 (and TBC 175km for 2019)
Location: Whistler, BC
Start Times:

110km – 4:00am – 28hr cutoff
55km – 6:00am – 12.5hr cutoff
25km – 8:00am – 7hr cutoff
Kids Race – 8:15am
12km – 9:00am – no cutoff

Start: Riverside Resort
The Riverside Cafe, located right at your start line, will be open as of 3am for coffee, EBC’s (egg bacon & cheese muffins), burritos, and pastries 🙂
Finish: All distances will finish at Riverside Resort.

Details

​Package Pickup:
Friday, September 21st Salomon Store Whistler
     2:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, September 22nd
     55km – 5:00am – 5:45am @ the 55km start near Whistler Athlete Centre
     25km – 7:00am – 7:45am @ Riverside Resort (race start)
​     12km – 8:00am – 8:45am @ Riverside Resort (race start)

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

Accommodations:
Riverside Resort – Stay just steps from your starting line with our official accommodation partner and event host site. Options include camping, RV sites, cabins and yurts. To access spots reserved for the race, use the code CMTS18 at 604.905.5533​ (not a discount code, but be sure to use it – it provides access to booking options blocked for our runners!).

Whistler Athletes’ Centre –  Individual rooms with shared bathrooms and a shared, fully stocked, commercial-sized kitchen. Athlete-focused accommodations at a great price, conveniently located as soon as you enter Whistler at Function Junction. Special rates with booking code “CMTS“. Book online here, or by phone 604.964.0052​.

Parking:
If you are staying at Riverside Resort, you will be able to park on site.

If not, where you park depends on which distance you are running. We will have parking crews on site to direct you correctly on race morning.

110km: Riverside Resort
55km: Riverside Resort – with free shuttle to your start line near Whistler Athletes’ Centre
25km: Whistler Secondary on Alpine Way
12km: Whistler Secondary on Alpine Way

For 55km runners, the free shuttles to your start line will depart Riverside at 5:00, 5:05 and 5:10.

We will have a free shuttle service for people who park at the school, located 2.4km from our start / finish line at Riverside. The 2.4kms to Riverside is along the paved Valley Trail, with no elevation gain it can double as a nice morning warmup run or hike if you’d prefer to skip the bus. Here’s a link to the 2.4km route as a reference point.

Aid Stations, Drop Bag and Finish Line Bags:

Drop bags must be dropped off by you on race morning, at the start of the race. Location for drop bags will be next to the start line and appropriately signed. Drop bags will be returned to the finish line after the Aid Station closes down.

110km– 4 unique aid stations, for 7 total aid station visits: kms 6 / 24 / 44 / 56 / 68 / 88 / 105
#1 (Green Lake): km 6, no crew allowed
#2 (Village): km 24, drop bags, crew allowed, 9:30am cutoff
#3 (Whistler): km 44, no crew allowed, 2:15pm cutoff
#4 (Function): km 56, drop bags, crew allowed, 5:30pm cutoff
#5 (Whistler): km 68, no crew allowed, 10:30pm cutoff
#6 (Village): km 88, drop bags, crew allowed, Sun 3:30am cutoff
#7 (Green Lake): km 105, no crew allowed, Sun 7:00am cutoff

For AS#3/5 (Whistler) – this is on Whistler mountain. There will be no crew access allowed at this aid station for any race at any time.

55km – has 3 aid stations at kms 12 / 32 / 49

Your drop bag will be at your AS#2 (Village) at km 32. You only visit this aid station and hence your drop bag, once.

25km – One aid station at km 6

12km – One aid station at km 3

Our aid stations feature all the good stuff courtesy of Nesters Market & Hammer: water, Hammer gel, Heed electrolyte, Coke, chips, fruit, cookies, and for WAM – soup & pickles! Our 110km AS’s will also feature bacon, sandwiches, vegan options and other surprises (each AS is different).

Crew Accessible Aid Stations?
110km: There are 3 crew-accessible aid stations for the 110km: AS2 & 6 (Village) at km 24 and 88, and AS4 (Function) at km 56. Runners will visit Village twice. Crew are allowed at these aid stations only.

55km: There is 1 crew-accessible aid stations for the 55km: AS2 (Village) at km 32. Crew are allowed at this aid station only.

25km & 12km: No crew access points for 25km or 12km runners.

Cupless:
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. ​

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

Finish Line Bags:
We will provide a finish line bag drop location at the start line for 12km and 25km runners only. It will be up to you to place your bag here, under the appropriate signage.

For 55km and 110km runners, you’ll be parking at Riverside where you’ll finish, so please keep your finish line bag in your vehicle. There will be no finish line bag collection at the 55k start at Function, be sure to leave that in your car before boarding the bus.

Mandatory Gear List for 55km and 110km only:
ALL mandatory gear must be carried by ALL 55km and 110km runners at ALL TIMES.

  1. Emergency bivy, like this one OR survival blanket, like this one *NO a space blanket does not suffice*
  2. hooded jacket OR rain poncho
  3. gloves and toque or buff
  4. whistle
  5. fire starter kit (as simple as a lighter in a ziplock)
  6. headlamp of at least 100 lumens

Additional items (for 110km ONLY):

  1. long sleeve shirt, over and above the mandatory jacket. No, sleeves do not count as a ‘long sleeve shirt’.
  2. full leg coverings (either tights or pants). No, long socks do no count.

Recommended (for 110km ONLY)(:

  1. mid-layer
  2. waterproof breathable jacket
  3. waterproof breathable pants

Mandatory, Mandatory Gear Check (110km):
There will be a mandatory gear check at AS #2 (Village), before you head up Singing Pass. Anyone who fails the gear check cannot continue. You are welcome to attempt to find the missing gear before the cutoff at that aid station and to then continue, but NO RUNNER will be allowed to continue past AS #2 without showing the mandatory gear to the aid station personnel. Might as well prepare for this in advance and get your kit ready as you approach the aid station.

Once you pass gear check you will be handed a ticket that you must carry with you to the next course marshal, just a few hundred meters further along. That course marshal will collect your ‘passed mandatory gear check ticket’ and allow you passage beyond that point. Any runner showing up to this CM without their ticket will be turned around. Anyone attempting to proceed past this CM without presenting a ticket will have their bib noted and will be disqualified.

* If something goes wrong in the alpine and we cannot fly the helicopter we will have medical assistants bunker down with you for the night. All our volunteers in the upper regions will also be carrying these emergency supplies.

Poles (hiking / trekking / running poles) are allowed in all race distances.

Pacers are NOT allowed in any distance.

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.

Cutoffs:

110k

  • 09:30 (4.25h) – AS2 (Village) – km 24
  • 14:15 (9.25h) – AS3 (Whistler) – km44
  • 17:30 (13.5h) – AS4 (Function) – km 56
  • 22:30 (18.5h) – AS5 (Whistler) – km 68
  • 03:30 Sunday (23.5h) – AS6 (Village) – km 88
  • 07:00 Sunday (27h) – AS7 (Green Lake) – km 105
  • 08:00 Sunday (28h) – Finish Line (Riverside Resort)

55k

  • 10:30 (4.5h) – AS1 (Whistler) – km 12
  • 14:00 (8h) – AS2 (Village) – km 32
  • 17:30 (11.5h) – AS3 (Green Lake) – km 49.
  • 18:30 (12.5h) – Finish line (Riverside Resort)

25k:

  • 15:00 (7h) – Finish line at Riverside Resort

12k:

  • no cutoff

Included with every race registration:

  • Finish line BBQ
  • Custom WAM “Choose Vert” race shirt for all distances
  • Finisher medals for all distances
  • UTMB Qualifier:
    WAM has 3 UTMB qualifiers:

    • 25km: 2 new points
    • 55km: 3 new points
    • 110km: 5 new points!

Results

Photos

2018 race day photos galleries are now posted:

PHOTOS BY BRIAN MCCURDY

PHOTOS BY SCOTT ROBARTS

Get an inside look at the 2017 race in the photo gallery below!

Register

SOLD OUT FOR 2018!
Registration for Whistler Alpine Meadows 2019 will open on January 4, 2019 @ 7am PST.