Unique trail duathlon in Okanagan set to launch this summer
Soup 2 Nutz is scheduled for July 16 in Vernon, BC
It’s been two years from inspiration to execution, but an exciting new race in the Okanagan Valley is set to make its long-awaited debut on July 16, 2022.
Soup 2 Nutz is a fun 16-kilometre mountain bike and 10-kilometre trail running event that can be done solo or as a team. Although the plan was to premiere the race in 2020, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it took a while. But it’s finally here.
“Soup 2 Nutz was added in 2020 and has not been able to run due to Covid,” says race director Dawna Jodoin, founder of Bush Babes & Bros., which puts on this event and several others in the area such as Slay the Dragon and Freaky Creeky 50.
“The inspiration was the amazing access we have to these incredible running and mountain biking trails,” she adds. “Many people in our area enjoy both sports, so we thought it would be a fun event that could include all abilities.”
Race director Dawna Jodoin
Soup 2 Nutz consists of some of the best trails Silver Star Mountain Provincial Park has to offer, rolling over the rugged double track, fun flowy single track, tough climbs, and some sweet descents. This exhilarating course will test your skills and fitness as participants explore the terrain.
“This event is the only one of its kind in the North Okanagan, sporting a cross between techy and cruisy terrain,” Jodoin explains. “The event starts at over 5,000 feet and winds its way up from there, giving you not only views of the Monashee Mountains but the entire valley, Kalamalka Lake, Swan Lake, and Okanagan Lake. All of our events are created, mapped, flagged, and supported by trail runners and riders to make them as epically fun and safe as we can.”
Jodoin first started putting on impromptu events in the area 10 years ago. As more people expressed interest in her showing them around the trails and learning about trail running, she established Bush Babes & Bro’s Trail Running in 2006 as a way to offer clinics and eventually events.
The beauty of the Okanagan is something else
“It was five loops of 10 km-ish that you could ride, run, or walk. It was super family orientated; we even had one person do the loop on a unicycle,” Jodoin says. “After 10 years it was decided to start doing an official event and show people what our amazing park is all about. Our community is very proud of our local parks and the surrounding area of Vernon and there is nothing better than experiencing a new community through events.”
One of the best and most unique aspects of the event is that participants can do it solo, or as part of a team. The course caters to all abilities, whether runner, rider or both.
“This event is fun! Don't be afraid if you are not an elite rider or runner, we have a little something for all abilities,” Jodoin says. “You can always join this event as a two-person team to either run or ride whichever portion of the event you are most comfortable with.”
Mountain biking in the Okanagan
Jodoin says she wants nothing more than for athletes from across British Columbia and beyond to experience her incredible backyard.
“I’m happiest when I’m on the trails and I see that reflected in others when I take them out,” she says. “Have a look at our racecourse, read the comments from our previous participants, and join our tribe. Our community, mountains, trails, volunteers, and most of all the event director welcome you to our community.”
To register or for more information about Soup 2 Nutz click here.