When you are sitting in a room next to ultra legend Scott Jurek (7x winner of Western States 100) and ultra champion Stephanie Howe (2014 Western States 100 winner, on her first century run) you might walk away a bit in awe and inspired. Throw in a talk with Born to Run author Christopher McDougall and it’s humbling to be surrounded by a who’s who of the ultra community.
Coming back from experiencing the Boston Marathon (as a spectator) and being surrounded by extremely strong and equally impressive athletes, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to announce my ultra plans for this fall. A few months back, I was selected to take part in a 3-day Ultra experience in Canada called the Golden Ultra. Receiving 1 of the 6 scholarship opportunities, I’ll be surrounded (again) by some major players in the ultra community, including THIS lady.
Let’s take a look at what we’ll be running over the 3-day adventure in the mountains:
Golden Ultra: 3 Days of Pure Mountain Bliss
The Golden Ultra features three stages: The Blood, The Sweat and The Tears. Runners may participate solo in the stage race, as a relay team of three, or may register for any single stage individually.
Day 1: 5km (3.1 miles)
1000 m elevation gain, 0 m loss. Detailed course description.
Straight uphill, no joke route… hence the name. At the summit, you’re treated to 360-degree views deep into the Purcell Mountains, along the Columbia River Valley and back to the Rocky Mountains.
Day 2: 55km (34.2 miles)
2500 m elevation gain… and loss. Detailed course description.
One big and beautiful loop running from the town of Golden to the summit of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort… and back again. Fantastic mountain views with most of the route happening on single track.
See video of almost the whole course.
Day 3: 20km (12.4 miles)
375 m elevation gain. Brief course description.
Flat, flowy, and fun. A beautiful, rolling 20 km jaunt on the northern slopes of the Columbia River valley. The first and last 3.5 km of the course is on the double-wide, gravel-surfaced town trail, so you can bask in the glory of cheering spectators. The remaining running is on some technical single track.
Giveaway: Run the Golden Ultra
One lucky winner will be randomly chosen to receive a complimentary solo, 3-day registration (travel and accommodations NOT included). Enter below for your chance to win. The giveaway will end on Sunday, April 26 at midnight (PST).
Discount code: use code ULTRAPAVEY to receive a 5% discount on registration. There is a price increase on April 30. You can always register today and if you win the giveaway, share the free entry with a friend.
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I’m looking forward to what looks like a weekend filled with EPIC views and an equally impressive experience.
Which day would you look forward to most?