Squamish 50 race director Gary Robbins to host Canadian Mountain and Path Working Champs


Race director and ultrarunner Gary Robbins has partnered with Athletics Canada (AC), the Affiliation of Canadian Ultramarathoners (ACU) and the Canadian Mountain Working Affiliation (CMRA) to host the following two editions of the Canadian Mountain and Path Working Championships, AC introduced Tuesday.

Robbins is well-known for steering beloved races throughout the path and extremely neighborhood, and for his ultrarunning prowess, together with a number of tenacious makes an attempt on the Barkley Marathons as documented within the movie The place Desires Go to Die. Squamish 50 weekend, yearly internet hosting a 50K, 50-miler and 50/50 double, is among the hottest path occasions within the nation.

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Race director Gary Robbins. Photograph: Brian McCurdy

“For greater than 10 years we’ve labored tirelessly to ascertain the Squamish 50 races as the biggest ultra-distance path weekend within the nation,” stated Robbins. “Yearly, we see runners from greater than 15 nations, all provinces and territories, and over 30 U.S. states present as much as toe our begin strains. Because the Canadian championships for the following two years we endeavour to make these races absolutely the pinnacle of ultra-distance operating inside Canada.”

The Squamish 50 has been held in Squamish, B.C., a city of 20, 000 since 2012, attractive world-class individuals like Nick Elson, Mike Wardian, latest Javelina Jundred winner Dakota Jones, and ultrarunning GOAT Courtney Dauwalter.

The championship might be held at Junction Park, identified for its snow-capped peaks and ocean views, and boasting 3,352 metres (11,000 toes) within the 50-mile occasion (2,590 metres or 8,500 ft within the 50K) of elevation change by means of winding singletrack.

Nick Elson running in Squamish
Nick Elson racing at Squamish 50 Photograph: Squamish 50

Chris Winter of AC shared that he’s thrilled to associate with Robbins and the Squamish 50 crew to host these championships. “We sit up for welcoming athletes to Squamish as they contend for nationwide titles and a spot on Staff Canada for the 2025 World Mountain Path Working Championships.”

Lee Smith, VP of the ACU, added: “The ACU couldn’t be happier with this selection of venue, and know that the extremely passionate and well-organized Squamish crew will placed on an incredible race.”

The occasion is scheduled for Aug. 19–20, 2023 and can embody a 50K brief path championship and a 50-mile lengthy path championship. The date of the 2024 version, which can function the choice trials for the 2025 World Mountain and Path Working Championships, remains to be to be decided.

Race registration will open on Nov. 18 at 10 am E.T. and is anticipated to promote out rapidly. Click on right here to search out out extra about Squamish 50 and to register.

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