6 Top Relay Races Across Canada
Why race solo when you can bring your friends? Here are the top 6 races across Canada to try in teams
Where: Golden, BC
When: September 23-25, 2016
Relay runners of this three-day stage trail race are rewarded with stunning fall scenery and picturesque mountain views as they traverse single-track trails to the summit of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. On the first day of the Golden Ultra, runners take on a 3 or 5 kilometre uphill run over dirt terrain with 1,000 metre of elevation gain. Day two features a 60 or 30 kilometre loop on single-track trails, and day three is a fun and flowy 20 kilometre run to wrap up the event.
Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay
Where: Kluane National Park, Yukon
When: June 18, 2016
This epic ride along the Haines highway from Kluane National Park in the Yukon to Alaska takes participants through alpine passes, down steep descents and alongside the ocean. Relay riders can choose to be in teams of two to eight people for the 238 kilometre ride, which is broken into eight legs.
Royal LePage Comox Valley Snow to Surf Adventure Relay
Where: Comox Valley, BC
When: April 24, 2016
Transition from winter sports to summer sports during this fun and social multisport relay race on Vancouver Island. Participants start by alpine skiing, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing down Mount Washington Alpine Resort before running and mountain biking their way to Comox Lake. After kayaking in the lake, teams will hop on their road bikes and cycle to the ocean for the ninth and final leg of the race, a tandem canoe paddle in Comox Marina Park.
The Banff Jasper Relay
Where: Banff and Jasper, AB
When: June 4, 2016
Sixty teams of 15 runners get to traverse the rugged and scenic highways between Banff and Jasper during this 260 kilometre race. The Banff Jasper Relay consists of two phases run simultaneously: phase one has six stages from Banff to Saskatchewan River Crossing, and phase two has nine stages from Saskatchewan River Crossing to Jasper, with stages ranging in distance from 14 to more than 20 kilometres.
Cabot Trail Relay Race
Where: Cape Breton, NS
When: May 28-29, 2016
Runners lucky enough to get into this spectacular 276 kilometre trail race on Cape Breton Island will be rewarded with incredible coastal scenery as they tackle challenging climbs and technical descents in Highlands National Park along the famous Cabot Trail. The Cabot Trail Relay Race is broken into 17 legs, and in order to participate (aside from winning the race lottery) runners must be able to run a 9:30 minute/mile pace.
Golden Two-Four Mountain Bike Race
Where: Golden, BC
When: June 18-19, 2016
Combine camaraderie with competition at Golden Two-Four, a 24-hour and 8-hour mountain bike relay race in the riding mecca of Golden, BC. The race—held on 14-kilometres of world-class single-track trails at base of Mount 7 in the Mountain Shadows trail network—is determined by how many laps a rider or team of riders (teams can have up to 10 people) can complete in 8 or 24 hours. The course contains 500 metres of climbing and descending with relatively short technical sections, so even beginner mountain bikers can participate.
Photo: Golden Ultra