Saturday, September 21 2019 - Whistler Alpine Meadows
Date: Saturday, Sept 21, 2019
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 kilometre race than this one. If you peep the course map, you’ll see just how aesthetic this route really is, with a full 110 kilometres 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 three major mountains along the way. Of course we save the best, and hardest, the top of Whistler Mountain, for last.
Runners start by ascending Rainbow Mountain, up to the aptly named Iceberg Lake, since it is a lake at the toe of a glacier that calves small icebergs into the water. If you were to simply run here and back, it would still make your trip to Whistler worthwhile, but you’ve only just begun. As you arrive at Iceberg Lake you’ll be greeted by a heli-dropped aid station. Aid stations truly do not get more remote than this one.
Once through your first aid station, one of only just seven on the entire course, you spend the next forty + minutes (for the fastest runners) linking together a number of alpine lakes and tarns as you run singletrack that is devoid of trees, with a few sections where you’ll be using your hands on rocks to ascend steep gullies. After a generous fix of alpine terrain you get to drop over 1300 meters back down to the valley floor, passing through numerous ecosystems along the way, from alpine, to sub-alpine to dense forest below, gliding past huge trees and a mossy greenery as far as the eye can see.
You get to repeat this process all over again as you ascend Mount Sproatt. The views from the top are just as spectacular, if not more so as you gaze upon entirely separate glacial capped mountain ranges in every direction.
Another huge descent to arrive in the Function Junction area of Whistler. You’ll think you’re over halfway done, given that two of three mountains are behind you, but you’ll be staring down all of Whistler Mountain in front of you. The next thirteen kilometers are entirely uphill, hope you saved something in those legs of yours, as you ascend almost 1700 meters to top out at the suspension bridge crossing at the very top of Whistler Mountain.
Only one stunning alpine section and one massive descent left to go! 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?
You’re back down low again, and it must be an easy shot from here back to the finish right? Right? Just the highly technical Comfortably Numb trail awaits. You’ll certainly question your life choices at this point, but your finisher medal and a finish line hug await you. 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 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 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.
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Race Day Schedule
|Date:||Sat, Sept 21 2019|
|Start Line:||Riverside Resort|
|Finish Line:||Riverside Resort|
Aid Stations, Drop Bag and Finish Line Bags:
All races will have finish line drop 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 #4 in Function at “Trash Trailhead” and AS #6 at “Blackcomb Base 2 – Day Lots 6 and 7”
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 surprises (each AS is different).
110k finish: 30 hours
On course cutoffs TBD.
Crew, Pacers and Poles
Crew driving directions are forthcoming.
Crew Accessible Aid Stations:
- AS #2 on Alta Lake Road, at the Rainbow Lake Trailhead.
- AS #4 at Trash Trailhead. 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 #6 at “Blackcomb Base 2 – Day Lots 6 and 7”
Pacers: Pacers are NOT allowed in any distance due to permitting restrictions.
Poles: Poles ARE allowed for this event. Please be cautious about other runners immediately behind you when using.
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 (via our Race Roster registration page) to forgo their volunteer requirements entirely.
Important Notes! Ridgeline Events has organized the following trail work days in Whistler and Squamish in conjunction with a number of trail organizations:
Sunday, May 5th – SORCA / Squamish – Another Man’s Gold
Saturday, May 25th – ACC / Whistler – Singing Pass
Saturday, June 15th – WORCA / Whistler – Jane Lakes
Monday, July 8th pm – NSMBA / Bottletop-Mt Seymour
Monday, July 22nd pm – NSMBA / Bottletop-Mt Seymour
Sunday, August 11th – ACC / Whistler – Skywalk Trail Network
Volunteer hours can be performed anywhere in the world, on any trail system and with any trail organization.
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 our Race Roster registration page.
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 110 and 175 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:
Mandatory gear is mandatory at all times. Gear checks will be staged throughout the course and anyone who fails a gear check will be disqualified without question.
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)
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.
|Distance||Jan 4||June 20||Race Cap|
- Anyone dropping out up to and including June 1 will receive a 50% refund of entry fees.
- Up to and including 30 days before race day, you can receive a full deferral to any other CMTS event (if not sold out), towards a single other race only. Deferrals are only applicable for one calendar year from the race you transfer out of (meaning the race entry can be deferred to any OTHER race, but not the same race one year later). Entries can only be deferred a single time, to a single event.
- You can move down in distance, but not up in distance. No credit is provided for the difference in entry fee.