A three or five-day trail running experience in Revelstoke, British Columbia, and part of the TransRockies Race Series. Offering a mix of stunning Canadian Rocky scenery, technical trails, and challenging elevation gains, 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. Runners may choose to run solo or participate as a team of two.
The TranSelkirks Run is approximately 100 miles (160km) over five days or 100K (62 miles) spaced out over three days. Daily distances may vary between 21km (13 miles) and 44km (27 miles). The course combines single-track trails, forest service roads, and ski runs, with breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and the Columbia River Valley below. The event is produced by TransRockies Race Productions, which has teamed with Parks Canada and the other trail management groups in and around Revelstoke to access the best views, trails, and venues for you to enjoy.
Each stage is different and provides unique challenges. Some stages are primarily rolling single track, while others primarily climb to epic lookout points, peaks, and alpine lakes. Some sections will be challenging to run and may require poles, while others are very runnable. Participants are encouraged to arrive well-prepared for the challenge, and the organizer recommends completing at least a trail marathon or 50K in the lead-up to the event. Race entry includes all 3-5 stages, catered dinners, SWAG, chip timing and well-marked courses, emergency medical support, shuttle services, and well-stocked aid stations.
STAGE 1: MT. MACKENZIE ~ 31 KM
The first stage starts and finishes at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. In the winter, this ski hill boasts the longest vertical descent in North America at 5620 ft. You’ll be climbing all of this and more during the stage. Most of the climbing will be done within 5 miles / 8km of the run. The views are great on the way up but become even more expansive once you reach the top of the gondola. After exploring Greely Lake and taking in views of Mt. Cartier, Mt. Revelstoke, Mt. Begbie, and the Columbia River below, you’ll finish at the MacKenzie Outpost.
STAGE 2: MT. MACPHERSON ~ 30KM
Mt. Macpherson is home to over 30 km of cross-country ski trails, 55 km of mountain bike trails, and access to numerous backcountry ski routes. If you cross the highway, you will also find multiple rock climbing walls and a whole new set of trails to explore. On this day, trail running shoes will dominate the playground as you enjoy the verdant flowy trails.
STAGE 3: BEGBIE FALLS ~ 37KM
This is a new route for the TranSelkirks Run, replacing the old route along the Columbia River and up and down Mt. Cartier. This route takes you down along the River and past Begbie Falls. This will be a double loop, so you’ll be able to see it through the early morning fog and hopefully in full sun!
STAGE 4: MT. REVELSTOKE ~ 28 KM
Before you ascend Mt. Revelstoke, you will have a short tour of the history of skiing in Revelstoke. The 5 km Soren Sorensen loop is named after a Danish immigrant who created this cross-country ski trail in the 1950s and jumpstarted cross-country skiing in the area. As you complete the loop, look to your left, and you will see the Nels Nelson ski jump area. This stadium held international competitions from 1915 until 1975 and was home to Revelstokian and world ski jumping record holder Nels Nelson. As you ascend the mountain, you will be on the Summit trail, one of the area’s oldest, built-in 1908. The trail continues to bring hikers and runners from rainforest (cedar and hemlock) to snow forest (spruce and fir) to no forest (subalpine wildflower meadows) near the summit.
STAGE 5: MACKENZIE RIDGE & GHOST PEAK ~27KM
This stage will start and finish at the top of the gondola at Revelstoke Mountain Resort (where we finish stage 1). This enables access to more breathtaking alpine views without having to do all the climbing to get there. Most of the route will be on well-established roads or trails, but to access some of the ridges and views, there will be sections that will be marked with pin flags and/or ribbons. The organizer is excited to share some of these views that have never before been seen as part of the TranSelkirks Run. And to top it off, you’ll finish at the MacKenzie Outpost, where you can purchase burgers or beer and enjoy your meal before descending the gondola, taking a dip in the pool, and prepping for the final dinner and after party at Revelation Lodge!
The Transrockies Race Series is a unique multi-sport event series spanning Road cycling, MTB, and Trail events throughout North America. Many of their events are multi-day and all take place in spectacular destinations. Strambecco covers several of their events, including the Moab Gran Fondo, Moab Rocks, and the TransRockies Gravel Royale.