The North Face Valley to Peak trail running race returns to Whistler September 2 for its third year. This year, in addition to the 22.5 km course from the valley to the alpine (1,800 m of elevation gain), the rafe will offer a shorter 10 km course. Check the press release below for more details and entry information.
WHISTLER, BC July 17, 2017 – Outdoor fitness enthusiasts and trail runners should mark their calendars for September 2, 2017, when The North Face Valley to Peak trail running race returns to Whistler Mountain. Now in its third year, The North Face Valley to Peak challenges trail runners with over 1,800 meters of elevation gain over a 22.5 kilometre course from the valley to the alpine on Whistler Mountain. New for this year will be a shorter 10 kilometre course designed to showcase the beautiful alpine trails on Whistler Mountain. Discounted early bird registration is available until August 15, 2017, and gives participants access to a free orientation clinic hosted by new event partner, The North Face. The orientation clinic will take place on July 23, 2017, featuring a trail running tech talk, 5 kilometer guided trail run at the top of Whistler Mountain along with a nutrition talk.
”The North Face is very excited to begin its partnership with Whistler Blackcomb to host the Valley To Peak trail run,” says Carl Bissonnette, marketing manager at The North Face Canada. “The challenging terrain complimented with world class views will definitely make this another memorable event.”
The 22.5 kilometre course begins at the base of Whistler Mountain in Skiers Plaza and climbs through the Whistler Mountain Bike Park towards the Roundhouse Lodge. It then follows the full length of the iconic High Note Trail, which leads runners to the Top Of The World Summit at the Peak of Whistler Mountain. The final stage of the race will feature a downhill dash to the finish line outside of the Roundhouse Lodge. The 10 kilometer course will start at the Roundhouse Lodge, taking competitors down towards Harmony Lake on route to Harmony Ridge, up the Half Note Trail to the Peak of Whistler Mountain, finishing with a descent down Matthew’s and Pika’s Traverse to the Roundhouse Lodge.
“The North Face Valley to Peak race showcases Whistler Blackcomb’s extensive trail network and rewards competitors with a unique way to experience all of Whistler Mountain, from old growth forests to high alpine vistas,” says Seb Fremont, events manager for Whistler Blackcomb. “The new 10 kilometre course is great addition this year, allowing a broader group of competitors to enjoy the alpine trail running conditions on some of the best single track Whistler has to offer.”
Participants and spectators are invited to the North Face Store in Whistler Village after the race for music and draw prizes from 3pm – 5pm. CLIF Bar, Whistler Blackcomb’s official energy bar, will also support The North Face Valley to Peak providing samples throughout the day.
Discounted early bird registration is $35 for solo racers competing in the 10 kilometre race and $50 for competitors tackling the full 22.5 kilometre course. For more information, or to sign up, please visit https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/events-and-activities/events/2017/09/valley-to-peak.