This summer is chalked full of running events here in Whistler. Everything from the Ultra Marathons to the annual Valley Trail run of 4.2km and everything in-between will be happening right here in Whistler over the next couple of months. A great way to prep for these events is to join a running club; which are in no short supply around these parts. Join the Whistler Running Club facebook page to hear about upcoming events or to snag a running buddy. For a formal club drop into the North Face store and ask about their Mountain Athletics training program. Lululemon offers a Saturday 8am run as well as a Wednesday evening run.
Take a scroll through our events list below and start planning which running event is right for you!
The North Face Whistler Half Marathon – June 6, 2015
Get the full Whistler tour on the 21K course as it meanders through the village and nearby communities. Views of town and the mountains above will keep you company as your stride for the finish. This event also offers a 10K and 1K route.
Helly Hansen Comfortably Numb Trail Running Race – June 13, 2015
Some of the most beautiful single track in the world makes up this 25km race. This race is not for the faint of heart as you will be tackling steeps both up and down. Highlights include a beautiful bridge crossing, numerous vistas and of course the bragging rights associated with running one of the most sought-after biking trails in North America one step at a time.
Whistler Valley Trail Run – June 15, 2015
The Four Season Resort Whistler is hosting a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Show your support by walking or running 4.2km or 7.2km on the Whistler Valley Trail. A great cause to get the whole family involved!
Tough Mudder Whistler – June 20 & 21, 2015
Not your typical running event, but a note worthy physical challenge here in Whistler. The Tough Mudder encompasses running, agility and teamwork as you work through a series of obstacles in a race format.
Tenderfoot Boogie Ultra – June 27, 2015
Hit the road running! Well not the actual road, but the trail from Whistler to Squamish! This Ultra has the option of 50miles, 50km or 28km all of which follow the Sea to Sky Tail.
Red Bull 400 – July 19, 2015
Gain a quick 400 meters as you race from the bottom of the Olympic Ski Jumps to the top. Whistler welcomes this event for its first year here!
5 Peaks Trail Running Series – August 29, 2015
Get to know Blackcomb Mountain up close and personal as you navigate through its diverse alpine terrain. The technical climbs and sharp descents adorned with snow, puddles, rocks and logs make up some of the most exciting parts of this run.
The Rubble Creek Classic Run – September 27, 2015
The Rubble Creek Classic has been an annual event here in Whistler since 1985. The grueling course starts with a hefty climb to the Helm Creek Trail then on to the Cinder Flats and Taylor Meadows. The 1781m descent is the grand finale to the finish line at Rubble Creek parking lot. The 24km event is one that will keep your heart pumping and your eyes happy with great views of Black Tusk and Garibaldi Lake.
Whistler 50 Relay and Ultra Marathon – October 17, 2015
Fifty miles, eight people, one race. Relay legs alternate between 7K and 13K. The Whistler centered course can also be ran as a solo event, Marathon style.
Whether on the trail or on the pavement, in a group or in a race, we hope this guide to “Whistler for Runners” will encourage you to come run in our backyard. Running is a great way to take in all the beauty in our neck of the woods. If running is your thing, we hope to see you on the trail or at the starting line this summer!