There are so many sports to choose from when coming to Whistler but one you can do without having to get a pass or much equipment is running and as you can imagine it is really big in this small town.
There are a number of races that happen throughout the spring, summer and fall to keep any running enthusiast pumped.
One of the big events to start the running season off is the Whistler Half Marathon. This takes place the first weekend of June and has a 10K and 21.1K option so even if you are not in running shape yet you can still participate in one of the two events.
Another favorite is the Whistler 50 Relay and Ultra Marathon that happens at the end of the season. Grab 8 of your friends and take on the 50 mile relay race or you can take it on yourself.
With all of the amazing bike trails throughout Whistler the trail running is a huge part of the running scene. Throughout the summer they have a number of trail running events from the Helly Hansen Comfortably Numb Trail Running Race that takes place in June, this 25km run has descents, hill climbs, bridges and some amazing views.
The Tenderfoot Boogie Ultra is a trail run between Squamish to Whistler. There are a few distant options to choose from – 50 miles, 50kms or 28kms – each with its own challenge but if you really want to test yourself than the RedBull 400 is the race for you. This takes place at the Whistler Olympic Park where you race400 meters from the bottom to the top of the ski jump all while gaining elevation.
Other popular trail runs throughout the summer are the Brandwine Boogie Trail Run, the Salomon Valley to Peak Race where you run up Whistler Mountain and the Rubble Creek Classic Run. This is a long run but the scenary is spectacular. This race has been taking place since 1985, runners climb a grueling 1338 meters then proceed along the Helm Creek Trail, thru Cedar Flats and then down to Garibaldi Lake. The 1781 meter descent to the finish line at Rubble Creek is unbelievably taxing but well worth it.
If you have any questions about running trails or need assistance booking your next trip to Whistler please call our friendly In-House Reservations Team at 1.800.667.3363 or email at [email protected]
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