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New Ultra Trail Race to Showcase Squamish, BC
The Squamish 50 is a new 50 mile ultra trail race to be held on August 11, 2012. It shows off the spectacular scenery and trails of Squamish, BC and is attracting top runners from the lower mainland and all around North America.
By: Squamish 50 Ultra Trail Race
The Squamish 50 already has notable runners registered such as Squamish resident and septuagenarian, Mae Palm; 21 year old Colorado ultra running phenomenon Dakota Jones; and North American Ultra Runner of the Year, Banff’s Ellie Greenwood for the gruelling and stunning 50 mile trail race.
Organizers are anticipating over 200 runners to participate during race weekend, which will also feature 3, 5 and 7 person relay teams as well as a 21 km route option. Full details of the race route, race weekend schedule, and entry options can be found at http://www.squamish50.com.
Race Directors Gary Robbins and Geoff Langford, both of North Vancouver, saw the opportunity for a runner’s race that showcases Squamish’s incredible trail system, coastal mountain scenery, and community spirit.
The Squamish 50 is the reinvention of the Stormy Trail Race, which was last held in 2010. Robbins, a former Squamish resident, was a regular participant of the Stormy Trail Race and holds the course record set in 2008.
Robbins has put his intimate knowledge of the local trails to use and has crafted a stunning course with over 80% singletrack and nearly 10,000 feet of elevation gain. Both of these statistics are big attractions in the ultra trail running world.
"This race is the culmination of a long standing vision to piece together one of the most incredible 50 mile trail races in North America,” said Robbins. “I am ecstatic to finally be able to show off all that Squamish truly has to offer and I anticipate the Squamish 50 becoming known as one of those special 'must do races' for both locals and out-of-towners alike for years to come."
Langford has been hosting multisport races across Canada for over ten years and is excited to be building a new event in Squamish with a long-term vision.
“The local support has been tremendous” said Langford. “Landowners have been more than helpful, not just providing permission but offering to support the event in other ways – or even participate!”
Robbins and Langford have been working closely with Todd Pope, the District of Squamish’s Trails Coordinator, to develop the best possible event and ensure all permits and permissions are in place.
The Squamish 50 has also coordinated with Test of Metal organizers for the return of The Double, which is an award going to the top combined time of the Squamish 50 and the Test of Metal.
Local volunteers and businesses interested in supporting the event are encouraged to contact race organizers via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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