The Whistler Alpine Meadows trail races (WAM) happen on the Northwest side of town, on terrain that has only been opened up in the last two years. Local Kevin Titus has been instrumental in not only constructing this network but in helping us bring this concept to life. Kevin's vision, as a lifelong resident of Whistler, is on full display via his crowning achievement, The Skywalk Trail. Runners will be treated to alpine meadows, waterfalls, wildflowers, glaciers and mountain views as far as the eye can see. Did we mention you'll get to run to a glacier and back? Yeah, you get to run a friggin' glacier! We thinks that's pretty cool...get it...insert sad pun noise.
The Whistler Alpine Meadows races have it all and are not shy on the elevation profile side of things either. Our 12km distance has 650m / 2100ft while our 25km distance will boast 1500m / 5100ft, and our 55km race has a staggering 3350m / 11,000ft! Buckle up! Date: Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 Distances: 12km, 25km, 55km Location: Whistler, BC Start Times: 55km - 6:30am - 12hr cutoff. NEW 6:00am early start time for back of pack runners, giving 12.5hrs to complete the course. Early start time is 100% ONLY for those who know they will take longer than 10.5hrs to finish. If you run faster than 10.5hr pace you will arrive before your first two aid stations are in place. 25km - 7:00am 12km - 7:15am Kid's Race - 8:15am - Kids race location is at the race finish line behind Meadow Park.
Stats: 55km with 3350m / 11,000ft 25km with 1500m / 5100ft 12km with 650m / 2100ft
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. Call to reserve using the code CMTS17 at604-905-5533.
Whistler Athlete's Centre - Individual rooms with shared bathrooms and a full shared and fully stocked kitchen space. Conveniently located as soon as you enter Whistler at Function Junction. Special rates with booking code "CMTS". Book online here, or over the phone 604-964-0052.
Parking: If you are staying at Riverside Resort you will be able to park on site. If you are not booked in to Riverside Resort you will have to park at Whistler Secondary on Alpine Way.
We will have a free shuttle service for people who park at the school, located 2.4km from our start line and about 300 meters away from our finish line. The 2.4kms to our start line 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 skip the bus. Here's a link to the 2.4km route as a reference point.
The Riverside Cafe, located right at your start line, will be open as of 5am for all your caffeinated needs :)
Aid Stations, Drop Bag and Finish Line Bags: 55km - has 5 aid stations via 3 locations that you hit a total of five times, as shown on the map below. Distances in kilometers 7 / 18.5 (heli-drop AS pls see note below) / 28.5 / 35 / 39.5 (heli-drop AS, please see note below) 55k Drop Bag is located at the Rainbow Park aid station at kilometer 28.5. You only visit this aid station and hence your drop bag, once. 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.
25km - Two aid stations at kilometers 7 / 11.5 (heli-drop aid station, please see note below) 12km - One aid station at 7km All our aid stations feature: water, coke, Ultima electrolyte, Honey Stinger gel and chews, bananas, oranges, chips, cookies and watermelon.
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.
Note Regarding our Heli-drop Aid Station: Yes, we have a heli-drop aid station on both the 25km and 55km races. That's pretty cool, right!? How could it not be cool? Well, helicopters can't fly in all weather conditions. The heli-drop aid station is weather dependent, the race is not weather dependent and will go off whether the helicopter can fly or not. What that means is that when you depart home for this race, you absolutely must be 100% prepared to NOT have this aid station available to you. The 25km race would then only have one aid station at kilometer 7, while the 55k race would then have three aid stations at kilometers 7, 28.5 and 35. Please plan accordingly. We will have a good idea of if the helicopter can fly in the days leading up to the race, and we will attempt to confirm 100% the day before the race.
Crew Accessible Aid Stations? Please note there is only one aid station that is accessible to crew, that being the Rainbow Park AS at kilometer 28.5 Your crew are allowed at this aid station only. No crew points for 25km or 12km runners. This single crew point for 55km runners. Driving directions, race finish area to Rainbow Park Aid Station.
Finish Line Bags: We will provide a finish line bag drop location at the start line. It will be up to you to place your bag here, under the appropriate signage, and we will then transport it for you to the finish line. In an effort to minimize the number of finish line bags to be transported we do offer a free finish line shuttle service that will transport you back to your vehicle at both Whistler Secondary and The Riverside Resort. Shuttles will depart regularly and it is a short drive time to get you to your vehicle. We appreciate wherever possible to keep your finish line bag in your vehicle, so as to prevent us from having to move 300+ bags on race morning.
Mandatory Gear List for 25km and 55km Races: Well, let's be honest, the only way off the upper reaches of the mountain if something goes wrong is by helicopter. We will have search and rescue on standby, but as mentioned above, helicopters can't fly in all weather conditions. With this in mind, here is the mandatory gear list for all 25km and 55km runners. ALL mandatory gear must be carried by ALL 25k and 55k runner at ALL TIMES. 1) Emergency bivy, like this one OR survival blanket, like this one OR TWO space blankets, like these 2) hooded jacket OR rain poncho 3) gloves and toque or buff 4) whistle 5) fire starting kit which can be as simple as a lighter in a ziplock bag 6) headlamp of at least 100 lumens
*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. Cutoffs for 55k only: 12:30 / 6hrs into regular start and 6.5hrs into early start. Rainbow Park Aid Station - kilometer 28.5 14:30 / 8hrs into regular start and 8.5hrs into early start. Nineteen Mile Creek Aid Station - kilometer 35 18:30 / 12hrs into regular start and 12.5hrs into early start. Finish line at Meadow Park. *Please note that you cannot change your mind on your race distance once your race begins, as the 25km race goes in a different direction.
Poles are allowed in all race distances. Hiking / trekking / running poles are allowed in this race.
Package Pickup (ID needed to pick up bib) Friday, September 22nd: 4:00pm - 7:00pm @ Escape Route Whistler Saturday, September 23rd @ Riverside Resort (race start) 55km 5:00am - 6:00am 25km & 12km - 5:30am - 6:45am
Included with race registration: *Finish line BBQ *Custom WAM "Choose Vert" race shirt for all distances *Finisher medals for all distances
UTMB Qualifier The WAM 50km is now a UTMB Qualifier, with 3 new points (1 old point).