Monday, April 30, 2012

Kokanee Park

            We only had a Km or so of snow at the top section of the road between marker 7-8km
It is still not easy getting those longer runs in as the snow line is ever so slowly creeping up the mountainsides. We did manage to push through for the first run on Hitman of the season without too many issues with snow. We were able to combine all the trails in the lower part of Kokanee, along with Nutsack and Hitman for a really nice 4:15hr / 33km run.

I hope a bunch of you will come out to the run at Pilot Bay next weekend. Remember- most runners are just getting out and having fun, so there are no excuses about being too slow!...

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Trail Maintenance Day

In preparation for the Pilot Bay Trail running race in two weeks, I figured I better get out to clean up the trails and see how much snow is on the upper part of the trail.
Myself, Bil and Taz - oh and our two dogs- headed out to see what we could clean up in a day. We ended up doing the whole 22km route; cutting blowdown, picking up fallen debris and flagging where required. By the time we were done, I don't think I could of bent over to pick up one more cut log- i was cooked!....The snow is pretty much melted and the trails are in amazing shape.
Thanks to Bill and Taz for the epic day of trail maintenance!
The online signup should be up and running early this week as they've been really slow on getting it together....looking forward to seeing you all there!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pilot Bay Trail Running Race Info

When: Sunday May 6th, 2012


What: 10km and 22km trail run
Start times: 10am for the 22km race and 10:30am for the 10km race

Where: Pilot Bay Provincial Park. The park is located on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake, really close to the Kootenay Lake Ferry terminal at Kootenay Bay.

Directions: After exiting the Kootenay lake ferry from Balfour to Kootenay Bay drive ONLY 50 meters and turn right onto Pilot Bay Road. Drive 3.4km down Pilot Bay Road and turn left into the parking area for the trail head and race start. Although the ferry is free, you might want to park at the ferry and walk on with your bicycle to ride to the race start for a nice warm up!

VERY IMPORTANT: To make the race start you will have to be on the 8:10am ferry in Balfour. This will put you to the start at around 9am. If the ferry is full for any reason (I doubt it will) then walk on and get a ride from other racers that will be on the same ferry as it is only a 2 minute car ride to the start.

Aid Stations: there will only be one aid station for both races. For the 10km race it is at approx 5km. For the 22km race it is at 14km, so please make sure you are running with a camelback or other device to hold some water and food. There will be water, cookies and bananas at the aid stations as well as gels and Cliff blocks in you race package.
There will also be free hamburgers, vegi burgers, and pop/juice at the finish for those that register online!!!!

Registration: The cost for the race is $35 if you register online before May 4th. For Online registry please click on the following link: Online registration
If you have not registered online by May 4th, then you must register on May 6th at the race start by 9:30am. The cost is $45 on race day. (We're really trying to get everyone to preregister as it really makes our life a lot easier!)

Race Course Info: The 10km route is all trail with many nice vistas of kootenay lake. It is approx 3.5km out on a relatively flattish trail with some small rolling climbs, followed by a 3km loop with a nice climb and descent and then back 3.5km to the finish. Anyone who even can run a few Km's can do the 10km route, as you can always hike the hilly sections.
The 22km course is approx 3.5km out on a relatively flattish trail with some small rolling climbs, followed by a 15km big loop which takes you up to the height of land with a nice 1,100' climb and back down through some really nice forest and meadows to the lake. Then back along the water to the finish. The total elevation gain is 2600'. Although it is only 22km, I wouldn't call this course a quick trail, so assume you will be out there having fun for 2:30hrs for the faster runners to 4hrs for the slowest.

Fundraiser: ALL funds raised go directly to the "Tipi Camp" Please go to the following link to find out more about this awesome non-profit organization and the different types of events they hold.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Columbia River Trail

I am not sure why more people don't include the Columbia River trail on their early season hit list as I cannot think of a more perfect run to get OFF the road and pack a few trail kms- especially this time of the year. I would think that in a normal winter it is good to go the end of March.
The Trail runs approximately 20km, mainly along the Columbia river from Castlegar to Trail (On the opposite side of the river than the Hwy runs). You access it from the end of Columbia Rd in Castlegar which runs off of Hwy 3 at the bottom of the Bombi. It's approx 4.5km down Columbia Rd from HWY 3. There is pretty good signage along the trail too, but there are a few sections along the dirt road that you need to pay attention.
The route starts out with an old dirt road for approx 3-4km until it narrows down eventually into a beautiful rolling single track trail. After about 13 km of single track it turns into a dirt road again for 3-4km as you start to approach the outskirts of Trail. I find the route has just enough ups and downs to keep those early season legs working, without putting any additional stress on them.
Lex Baas, Carolyn Donnelly and I really only intended on running 30km, but- well- what can I say, sometimes when you are having so much fun, why cut it short? So we ran the whole route to Trail and back for a great 40km day. We did grunt and slog in the last 3-4km though :)...I suppose that is the danger of doing an out and back as you always feel fine at the turn around!
Unfortunately I forgot my camera, so you'll just have to get out there yourself to see it- you'll be pleasantly surprised. BTW there are just enough creeks to keep the dogs happy!

I Will be posting the sign up and more info in the next few days on the really exciting Pilot Bay trail race May 6th- so please check back soon...

                       After 4:30hrs of running and some foood- I was out like a baby!