These race courses are located on over 2100 acres of mostly privately owned forested undulating land along the majestic North Saskatchewan River Valley in Parkland County approximately 15 minutes from the City of Edmonton, Alberta’s west end and only a few minutes west of Devon, Alberta. We are very fortunate to have an opportunity to run on these beautiful properties and you will be amazed by the spectacular views and countryside! Please keep in mind that most of the lands we will be running on are privately owned so no access will be allowed accept during the race and training runs that are scheduled by the race organizers.
Deer, moose, beavers, bald eagles, hawks, owls and coyotes are some of the more permanent residents in this area however cougars and black bears have been know to also pass through. Pristine undulating boreal forest trails will keep you on your toes and when you have time to look up it is breath taking. Almost all of the trails are beautiful single track that have been painstakingly hand pruned.
Depending on which leg you run be prepared to get wet when crossing local creeks with active beaver dams and the North Saskatchewan River to an island which has a single track trail you will have to navigate and prove you have done so by returning with a certain “somethin somethin” strategically placed on the island. Bring extra socks, shoes and a really warm towel!
There is some pretty serious elevation gain and loss in this valley so ensure hill repeats are part of your training as we want you to stay around for the post-race celebrations.
The course is made up of four loops of 9,19, 12 and 20km respectively with each loop returning to the Start/Finish area, meaning you will be no further than 12km from an aid station.