The Golden Ultra has officially been cancelled for 2020
The team behind the popular Golden Ultra, scheduled for the third week of September, announced the cancellation of the 2020 race on May 25.
With the late September date, and the province of British Columbia slowly reopening following the pandemic shutdown, race organizers were watching the news closely to see what timeline the province would utilize for the later phases of the reopen plan. But when the next phases were pushed past September, it made the race impossible.
Those registered for the 2020 event can opt for a deferral to 2021 or 2022, but organizers are not offering refunds.
"While we are very sad that these events will not take place as planned in 2020, we also feel that it is in the best interest of our participants, crew, and host community as the world continues to battle the COVID 19 pandemic," the statement read, in part. "We know that gatherings can quickly become vectors for the mass spread of this virus and there is much to learn about how endurance events can be safely operated in the absence of a vaccine. As racing slowly returns in other jurisdictions, we’ll be watching closely and learning more about the relative risk and best practices around hygiene and distancing."
Earlier this year, The Golden Ultra had been sold to Transrockies, Inc., the group that runs other great endurance events such as the TranSelkirks Run, Singletrack 6, and, yes, the Transrockies Run. Magi Scallion spent five years building the Golden Ultra before making the move, which was announced on Feb. 22.
The inaugural edition of the Golden Ultra was held in 2015 with 150 runners and a single event on each day of racing. It now consistently has more than 500 registered runners, two stage races, a kids stage race, and a 120km ultra-marathon.
"We love you all! We will miss you all dearly this year, but we know we're gonna have one HELL of a party on the trails with you all when the time comes!" the statement concluded. "Til then, stay safe, healthy, and happy, team!"