Saturday, September 26 2020 - Whistler Alpine Meadows
Date: Saturday, Sept 26, 2020
Distance: 110 km / 68 miles
Ascent: 6,100 m / 20,000 ft
Descent: 6,100 m / 20,000 ft
It’d be pretty challenging for anyone to locate a tougher 110 kilometer race than this one. If you peep the course map, you’ll see just how aesthetic this route really is, with a full 110 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. Of course we save the best, and hardest, the top of Whistler Mountain, and then Blackcomb Mountain, for last.
Runners start by ascending a short but steep trail up towards 19 Mile Creek. At this point people will follow the historic Flank Trail along the west side of Whistler. Don’t let the elevation profile fool you, this’ll take a toll on the legs and mind, even though it looks like a breeze on the maps, by comparison to the rest at least. The Flank Trail will provide some beautiful glimpses of Green Lake early, and all of Whistler – Blackcomb a bit further on. Appreciate those views, cause that’s where you’re heading!
As runners cross over into the Function Junction area of Whistler, at about 24 kilometers in, you’ll get to run past an old train wreck site, a fascinating piece of history, and then you’ll cross over your first suspension bridge of the day. On the other side you’ll get to run towards and around the perfectly tranquil Jane Lakes area, which have seen some nice trail upgrades this season and will see some new bridges in by the end of summer, just in time for race day.
As you head towards your next aid station you’ll 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 approaching 50 kilometers of distance, yet you’ve only done a smattering of climbing thus far…yup, the majority of your 6000+ meters of climbing will in fact come over the final 60 kilometers of the race. 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 before you cross the Whistler Suspension Bridge and are presented with views as far as the eyes can see.
What goes up, must go down, and then up and down once more.
Runners will be blown away by Singing Pass, 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 80 sees you back down in Whistler Village, and by kilometer 90 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, and 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.
Distance: 110 km / 68 miles
Ascent: 6,100 m / 20,000 ft
Descent: 6,100 m / 20,000 ft
View an interactive map with elevation profile below.
Note: While the map data above shows distance/elevation to be slightly short, we’re very confident you’ll cover the full prescribed distance on the day.
Download a GPX file of the above 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.
Click map above to download full size (warning – large file!!)
Race Day Schedule
|Date:||Sat, Sept 26 2020|
|Start Line:||Riverside Resort|
|Finish Line:||Riverside Resort|
Please see full 110 km details in the table below. On a mobile or smaller screen? This table scrolls! Or if you prefer you can download a copy here.
|AS#||Location||Total kms||Split kms||Elevation Splits||Drop Bags?||Crew?||Toilet?||Cut Off Time||Cut Off Hrs|
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.
110k drop bags at:
AS #3 at Whistler Athletes’ Centre (49k)
AS #5 at Base 2, Blackcomb Mtn (82.5k)
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.
49k – Aid Station 3 (Whistler Athletes’ Centre): 11h00m (3:00pm Sat)
82.5k – Aid Station 5 (Base 2, Blackcomb Mtn): 19h30m (11:30pm Sat)
86.5k – Aid Station 6 (7th Heaven OUTBOUND, Blackcomb Mtn): 24h15m (4:15am Sun)
110k – Finish (Riverside Resort): 30h (10:00am Sun)
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 Accessible Aid Stations:
- AS #1 on Alta Lake Road, at the Rainbow Lake Trailhead.
- AS #2 at Function. Crew will have to park about 700 meters away and walk down a flat service road to access the aid station and their crewing point
- AS #3 at Whistler Athletes’ Centre
- AS #5 at Base 2, 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.
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.
Volunteer hours can be performed anywhere in the world, on any trail system and with any trail organization.
Local trail organizations have a regular schedule of trail work times. For more info and to sign up, visit:
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 1 hour time penalty, per piece of missing gear, per gear check. (If you cross the finish line in 45h01 and have been assessed 3 hours in time penalties, your subsequent finish time will be 48h01 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)
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.
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.
2020 registration opens Sun, Dec 1 @ 7am PST.
|Distance||Dec 1||March 1||Race Cap|
- Anyone dropping out up to and including June 1 will receive a 50% refund of entry fees.
- You can move down in distance, but not up in distance. No credit is provided for the difference in entry fee.