There are three race distances, 23 km, 50 km, and 50 miles. While we ran the 50 km, a surprising amount of runners ran both the 50 miles on Saturday and the 50 km on Sunday!
The race start is six am at Alice Lake, so we boarded a bus at the Squamish waterfront before five! The race started in the growing light which meant we were walking in the trails until we could see better.
This race has 8500 feet of cumulative elevation; we did lots of mountain trails in preparation.
We soon discovered the Squamish trail system is a mountain biking mecca, with well signed and developed trails with bridges and even warning signs in front of cliffs. We would go there for a running vacation anytime.
The trails were a little wet and slippery in the low lands and a little loose and slippery in the mountains… I fell once and so did many others. There was also a huge amount of DNF’s for various reasons. I would not call it dangerous, but one does need to concentrate on footing and do the downhills conservatively.
The race had the best ever aid stations. at every 8 to 10 km. While I carry all of my calories and salt tablets, I also had a potato, coke, chips, and fruit at every aid station. They also had water, sports drink, cookies, gels, and the volunteers helped getting the water into my camelback which is always nice when you can’t linger too long.
Since all good things must come to an end, we finished in 9:00:14 and beat the middle of the field! Jackie is really fit right now.