The TranSelkirks Run from the team at TransRockies is an epic three or five-day trail running experience in Revelstoke, British Columbia, and is part of the TransRockies Race Series. Offering a mix of stunning Canadian Rocky scenery, technical trails, and challenging elevation gain, the TranSelkirks Run will put the hardest-core trail runner to the test. Participants will be challenged with wild and remote landscapes with like-minded people from all over the world, and runners may choose to run solo or participate as a team of two.
Event & Course Info
Whether you're charging solo or as part of a team, the central hub, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, ensures a seamless experience at TranSelkirks Run, with each stage either beginning or ending here or facilitated transport to the required destinations. Navigating the TranSelkirks offers a picturesque mix of single track trails, forest roads, and ski paths, all framed against the majestic peaks and the serene Columbia River Valley. In total, the TranSelkirks Run spans roughly 100 miles (160km) across five days or alternately, covers 100K (62 miles) over a three-day period. Each day, runners might cover anywhere from 21km (13 miles) to 44km (27 miles). Some stages predominantly feature undulating single tracks, whereas others lead to magnificent lookout points, summits, and serene alpine lakes. While certain sections present running challenges that might necessitate the use of poles, others are easily navigable on foot. Here's a more detailed exploration of what each stage entails:
- Mt. Mackenzie (Full Stoke: 26km/16.1 miles / Half Stoke: 16km/9.9 miles): The inaugural stage begins and ends at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Within the initial 8km (4.9 miles), runners are greeted with a demanding ascent, with their efforts being rewarded by expansive views from the top of the gondola. The sight of Mt. Cartier, Mt. Revelstoke, and Mt. Begbie awaits as a visual treat. The day concludes at the MacKenzie Outpost with festivities, with a cut-off time of 9 hours.
- Mt. Macpherson (Full Stoke: 30km/18.6 miles / Half Stoke: 20km/12.4 miles): The terrain at Mt. Macpherson transforms into an idyllic setting for runners, showcasing verdant, flowy trails. The time limit set for this picturesque segment is 8 hours, pushing participants to embrace the journey while anticipating the challenges ahead.
- Begbie Falls (Full Stoke: 37km/23 miles / Half Stoke: 19km/11.8 miles): As a new addition, this route diverts from the erstwhile Columbia River path. A dual loop guarantees that the beauty of Begbie Falls is enjoyed twice, potentially under the mysterious veil of morning mist and later in the golden glow of the sun. This segment demands completion within 8 hours.
- Revelstoke Mountain Resort Climb (Full Stoke: 30km/18.6 miles / Half Stoke: 16km/9.9 miles): Setting off from the village of the resort, this stage offers an aesthetic treat, punctuated by striking vistas at various points. After the exhilarating run, participants can unwind at the pinnacle of the gondola in Mackenzie Outpost. This stage sets an 8-hour cut-off time.
- Mackenzie Ridge, Ghost Peak, and Montana Bowl (Full Stoke: 26km/16.1 miles / Half Stoke: 17km/10.5 miles): Kicking off at the zenith of the gondola, this leg offers an exploration of established trails and lesser-known terrains signposted by flags or ribbons. It culminates at the MacKenzie Outpost after unveiling several spectacular viewpoints. The clock ticks for 8 hours for runners to complete this segment.
The varying terrain of the TranSelkirks Run demands attention, resilience, and stamina - organizers recommend that participants have adequate preparation in the form of completing a trail marathon or 50K, prior to participating, or seeking guidance from expert coaches at Peak Run Performance. Also, all runners are required to have a hydration pack, protective headgear like a beanie, toque, or Buff, a reliable windbreaker. and bear spray for safety on each stage.
Every evening, Revelation Lodge becomes a hub for participants, where nightly meetings post-dinner offer updated course maps and essential insights into the following day's challenges. It will also host the final dinner and post-race party
Area Accommodations & Things to Do
A journey to Revelstoke, for TranSelkirks Run would no doubt be an unforgettable trip. It's a place where the mountains are not just magnificent peaks, but the heart of a vibrant community bursting with heritage and is a "must-do trip" for adventurers worldwide!
The official lodging partner for the event is The Sutton Place Hotel and it is highly recommended that participants stay here for the most convenience. Many stages either begin directly at the hotel or nearby at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Alternatively, shuttles ferry racers to stage starts and finishes from these locations. Every suite at the hotel boasts amenities like full kitchens, in-suite laundry, and access to an outdoor pool and hot tubs, complemented by stunning views. Guests can opt for multi-room condo-style rooms, making it perfect for groups or families. Key amenities include a full kitchen, in-suite laundry, hot tubs, an outdoor pool, and massage services.
However, there are other great hotels in the area including Eleven Revelstoke Lodge, The Copeland, or Basecamp Resort. For those that prefer a unique home-like experience, there are plenty of vacation rentals to choose from penthouse condos, to guest suites, to farmstay.
As summer's warmth melts the snow, revealing the towering summits, the hidden gems of the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges beckon. Revelstoke is the gateway to countless adventures: from hiking trails in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Park to renowned alpine mountain biking tracks. Dirt biking enthusiasts will find a continually expanding trail network, while golfers can challenge themselves at a Championship Golf Course alongside the stunning Columbia River. For thrill-seekers, White Water Rafting on the Illecillewaet offers an adrenaline rush, while those seeking tranquility can paddleboard on Lake Revelstoke. After all of the adventuring, evenings come alive with free live music echoing from Grizzly Plaza. It's no wonder that Revelstoke earned its spot on National Geographic’s Ultimate Adventure Bucket List.
Revelstoke also boasts a diverse culinary scene, blending rustic mountain fare with contemporary international flavors, making it a gastronomic haven for food lovers amidst its scenic backdrop. From cozy local eateries to upscale restaurants, the town offers a unique mix of dishes influenced by its rich heritage and natural surroundings. Be sure to check out some of the local favorite restaurants while you're in town.
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