Blood, Sweat & Tears at The Golden Ultra
Three days, three distances, three challenges at the stunning fall Golden Ultra
By Bri Wilson
If you spent the summer on the trails training for an off-road race or just enjoying the great outdoors on foot, then you’ve definitely got it in you to shed some Blood, Sweat and Tears this fall – all while enjoying some incredible mountain scenery – at the Golden Ultra in Golden, BC, from September 18-20, 2015.
The Golden Ultra features three stages of running over three days: The Blood, a 5 km uphill run over dirt terrain with 1,000 m of elevation gain that will make you sweat so hard you bleed (well, not literally, but you get the idea... this run is tough!) is the first stage of the race, which kicks off on September 18 at 4:00 p.m.; the Sweat, a stunning (and sweaty) 55 km loop on single-track trails from the town of Golden to the summit of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and back starts the following morning at 7:30 a.m.; and the Tears, a flat, fun and flowy 20 km run over single-track trail that will make cry tears of joy (or pain?) starts at 9:00 a.m. on the last day of the event.
If you don’t think you can handle all the potential bleeding, sweating and crying by yourself over the three days, don’t worry: participants can sign up to run just one of the stages as an individual, or can even complete the event as part of a three-person relay team, with one team member running a stage each over the three days. The registration fee for all three stages for a relay team is $400, or $300 for a solo runner. Single stage registration fees range from $55 - $165.
Aside from taking place in cooler temps and rewarding runners with stunning fall scenery and mountain views, the Golden Ultra offers well-mapped and marked courses, a swag item at registration for all participants, finisher’s gifts, and awards and prizes. Other unique add-ons you can purchase include an affordable photography package that includes two "epic" photos of yourself running in the race (so you don’t have to carry a selfie stick, thank goodness), access for a support crew, and accommodation and meal packages at Kicking Horse Lodging.
In case you need another reason to come for the ultra, the town of Golden has some fun activities you can check out during the weekend. Take in more breathtaking mountain views at 7,700 feet up on the gondola at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, catch a glimpse of Boo the Grizzly Bear at the Kicking Horse Grizzly Bear refuge, pick up some fresh produce and local artisan goods at the Golden Farmer’s market, take a recovery stroll over the Kicking Horse Pedestrian bridge, the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada, or treat your tired feet to a post-race pedi at the Winston Lodge & Spa.
For more details about the courses, race stages, accommodation and meal packages and to register, visit www.goldenultra.com.