50 KM

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50 KM

Sat, Sept 25, 2021 - Whistler Alpine Meadows

Date: Sat, Sept 25, 2021
Distance: 50 km / 31 miles
Ascent: 3,800 m / 12,500 ft
Descent: 2,500 m / 8,200 ft

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Overview

Our 50k route is a full point to point route, from Whistler’s Cheakamus Canyon area, over the very top of Whistler Mountain, along the stunningly beautiful Singing Pass, back down into Whistler Village, and then up Blackcomb Mountain via the new ascent trail, finishing at the Rendezvous Lodge, AFTER a magnificent loop out around Overlord and Decker. On a clear day, you’ll get views that’ll all but literally knock your socks offs!

The new 50k race is a net positive route, meaning you’ll climb over 1200 meters / 4000 feet MORE than you descend, as it finishes up on Blackcomb Mountain. The race is made tougher still by there being just three aid stations along the entire route, meaning runners need to be much more self-sufficient than at other 50k races where it’s common to see twice as much on course aid available. This is of course due to the remote nature of much of the route and we would certainly classify this as an “advanced” 50k.

With this event being held on the back half of September we’ve seen it all, and in 2019 runners were trudging through fresh snow on the upper alpine regions, so ensure you come prepared as it’s an adventurous one, but with plenty of reward as the views from atop Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain and along Singing Pass are right up there with some of the most sensational vistas you’ll find anywhere in the trail running world! And that’s a promise!

Course

Distance:  50 km / 31 miles
Ascent: 3,800 m / 12,500 ft
Descent: 2,500 m / 8,200 ft

Course Maps

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. Warning - very large file!!

Race Day Schedule

Date: Sat, Sept 25, 2021
Location: Whistler, BC
Start Time:

6:00am

Cutoff:

12hr30

Start Line:
Cheakamus Lake Road, near the Whistler Athletes’ Centre
Finish Line: Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain

Details

Please see full 50 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 Distance (kms) Distance (to next AS) Drop Bags? Crew? Cut Off Time Cut Off Hrs
START CL Road 0 12 - - - -
1 Whistler Mtn 12 21 N N TBD TBD
2 Base 2 33 7 Y Y TBD TBD
3 7th Heaven 40 10 N N - -
FINISH Rendezvous 50 - Y - 18:30 12.5

​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.

50k: drop bags at AS #2 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).

​Cutoffs:

12k - Aid Station 1 (Whistler Mtn): TBD
33k - Aid Station 2 (Base 2, Blackcomb Mtn): TBD
50k - Finish (Rendezvous Lodge):
12hr30min

​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 Station for 50k: AS #2 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 careful and aware of other runners, and those who are immediately behind you.

    Registration Prerequisites

    50k: None

    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. 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:

    50k: weather dependent *if inclement weather is forecast then a basic mandatory gear list including gloves, buff and waterproof hooded jacket will be enforced*

    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.

    Register

    The CMTR team continues to monitor provincial health orders, and we will announce any registration opening details via this site, our social media and our email newsletter.