55 KM

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55 KM

Sunday, September 22 2019 - Whistler Alpine Meadows

Date: Sunday, Sept 22, 2019
Distance: 55 km / 34 miles
Ascent: 2,800 m / 9,200 ft
Descent: 2,800 m / 9,200 ft

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Overview

For 2019 our 55k route remains the same as in 2018. This 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, and then finishing up along the challenging windy singletrack of the Comfortably Numb trail system.

The climbing stats seem very reasonable with “just” 2800 meters / 9200 feet, it can’t be that hard… right? Well there’s good reason why even the fastest runners failed to crack six hours on this route in 2018 as it’s a beast of a climb right off the start, and then super technical near the very end, when your legs are screaming at you to just stop it already!

The 55k race is made tougher still be 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 race, not to mention those extra five kms that bring it to a total of 55k.

With this event being held on the back half of September we’ve seen it all, and just this past year runners were trudging through fresh snow on the upper alpine regions, so ensure you come prepared, it’s an adventurous one, but with plenty of reward as the views from atop Whistler 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!

Course

Distance:  55 km / 34 miles
Ascent: 2,800 m / 9,200 ft
Descent: 2,800 m / 9,200 ft

Course Maps

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 the map above to view a larger image.

Race Day Schedule

Date: Sun, Sept 22 2019
Location: Whistler, BC
Start Time:

6:00am

Cutoff:

12hr30

Start Line: Whistler Athletes’ Centre
Finish Line: Riverside Resort

Details

Please see full 55 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 WAC 0 12
1 Whistler Mtn 12 21 N N 11:00 5
2 Base 2 33 16 Y Y 15:45 9.75
3 Green Lake 49 6 N N
FINISH Riverside 55 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.

55k: 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): 5h00m (11:00am)
33k – Aid Station 2 (Base 2, Blackcomb Mtn): 9h45m (3:45pm)
55k -Finish (Riverside Resort):
12h30m (6:30pm)

​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 55k: 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

    55k: 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:

    55k: 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.

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

    Register

    WAM 55 KM is SOLD OUT for 2019.

    Distance Jan 4 June 20 Race Cap
    55 KM SOLD OUT! SOLD OUT! 325
    • 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.