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Golden Trail National Series set to return in 2022

Trail running series includes two Canadian stops

The North American Golden Trail National Series will return in 2022 including two events in Canada and three in the United States. 

The format of the series, sponsored by Salomon, has runners from across North American racing at any of the four events, followed by a North American final for a chance to compete in the GTNS Grand Final at Madeira Ocean Trails in Madeira, Portugal.

“We are thrilled to bring the Golden Trail National Series back to North America this year after seeing so much involvement and support from the trail running community in 2021,” says Stephanie Gardner, sports marketing manager for Salomon USA. “By continuing this race series, we can help further invest in the North American trail running community and provide them opportunities to compete at a global level.”

The two Canadian stops include the Quebec Mega Trail 50K, and the Whistler Alpine Meadows 50K. 

The Quebec Mega Trail 50K is described as “the biggest ultra-trail competition in Canada.” QMT runs June 30 to July 3, with a variety of race distances. The 50K race starts in the village of Saint-Tite des Caps and then climbs up the brutal Mestachibo trail. Runners will then complete two ascents and two descents of Mont-Sainte-Anne (MSA), finishing with a 21km loop in the northern trails of MSA.

The Whistler Alpine Meadows 50k, scheduled for Sept. 11, is a full point-to-point race route that features 9,200 feet of elevation gain with a beastly climb at the start. The race starts from Whistler’s Cheakamus Canyon area and traverses over the very top of Whistler Mountain to bring runners along Singing Pass and finishing up on the challenging windy single track of the Comfortably Numb trail system.

The other races in the series include the Broken Arrow Skyrace 26K in Palisades Tahoe, California; the Pikes Peak Ascent in Manitou Springs, Colorado; and the Flagstaff Sky Peaks 26K GTNS Final in Flagstaff, Arizona. 

This year, the North American series comprises four qualifying races and a final. The top two men and top two women from each Golden Trail National Series race in North America will be invited to the final at Flagstaff Sky Peaks. 

The top three men and top three women North American Golden Trail National Series runners at the Flagstaff Sky Peaks will then be invited to the Grand Final at Madeira Ocean Trails, which will feature the top athletes from each of the seven GTNS around the world.

“Traveling to the Azores was an amazing experience,” says Janelle Lincks, professional runner and GTNS 2021 winner. “The opportunity to hang out with people from around the world was invaluable and the islands each race explored were beautiful.”

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