Race day for Run in the Rockies is almost here and there’s still time to take on the challenge and sign up.
The all new board for this year’s run combined their experience and worked closely to fine tune the details for all participants.
“We met regularly to really organize ourselves and figure out when and what we needed to get done, get our timelines down, grants in place, sponsors lined up and just promoting the run itself,” said Meagan Hayashi, race director and board member of Run in the Rockies.
After a second re-route of the half marathon this winter, they came up with a trail that is more than 50 per cent single track, narrow, rooty, and challenging.
“We had to route it more in single track ranges just due to some land use regulations that we ran into. To be honest, we prefer our new route,” said Hayashi.
As a result of the more challenging track, the time cut off was extended to four hours from three and a half.
“The re-routed reroute is a beast, but a good beast,” said Hayashi.
Hayashi said the track itself isn’t in bad shape due to the rain this summer, but hazards will be identified in the racer packages available on the day of the race on Sept. 14 and the day before.
“The boardwalks always run a risk of being slippery when wet, so it doesn’t matter how dry of a season we’ve had. If it’s raining that day the boardwalks are definitely a hazard. But a manageable hazard,” she added.
Most of the single track are in areas where they typically stay dry, but the conditions will depend on the weather that day.
The event also includes a 10km, 5km, and kids fun run with a bubble machine. Hayashi stated that usually the 10km is a popular race as it’s easy for anyone to do with a much easier elevation profile than the half marathon.
“You can walk it, you can run it, you can usually do a four week training plan to get to a 10K, whereas a half marathon takes eight to twelve weeks at least,” she said.
As an experienced runner who has participated in many long distance races and ultra races, Hayashi encourages runners to pace themselves on the hills.
“Trail specific shoes are highly recommended because of the very technical single track that we have. Allow yourself to cruise on the downhills a little bit and allow the downhill to boost your energy back up,” she added.
Fuelling properly is important and bringing water is a good idea as the longest distance between aid stations is five kilometres.
“Enjoy the atmosphere, we don’t have a headphone specific policy, however I never race with headphones just because I like to enjoy the race atmosphere or the crowds, the other racers,” she suggested.
Lastly, Hayashi said that it’s all about time spent on feet, the time and work put in prior to a race. “Fast times and long distances don’t happen in a day. It takes years of training to be able to run a marathon, to be able to get your ten kilometre down by a minute. It takes years of work to improve. It’s about patience,” she said.
Over 200 participants have signed up, but there is still room for more entries.
Runners will be able to show their bibs to participating businesses in order to receive a discount or knick knack throughout the weekend.
About half of the runners are coming from out of town and organizers hope to promote local businesses through this bib program.
The program will run from Friday until Sunday on race weekend.
Part of the proceeds from the run will support a local dance group to dance in the DisneyLand parade, a Father Gerard Redmond High School trip to Quebec, as well as the Hinton Mountain Bike Association for the use of their trails and providing of mountain bikers to lead and sweep the course.
Volunteers and businesses to participate in the bib program are still needed, contact email@example.com for more information.