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Running Whistler

Running in Whistler

  • Whistler is a runners paradise whether you are just looking for fresh air, maintaining a training plan, or ready to race
  • A variety of trails for all levels from the paved Valley Trail to mountain singletrack for trail and wild runners
  • Exciting running events held through the year including half and ultra marathons, relays, triathlons and more

Running Events, Races & Marathons

Whistler hosts a number of unique and fun running events. Why not register for an event this year and experience runnning in the cool air of the Coast Mountains? Go on - challenge yourself.

2015 Running Events in Whistler

The North Face Whistler Half Marathon

June 6, 2015
The third annual Whistler Half Marathon race takes place on a 21.1 kilometre course that includes Whistler's main Village. The gently-rolling course also winds through nearby neighbourhoods and along Whistler's already-popular running paths, offering spectacular mountain views throughout. The event includes a 21 K, 10 K and 1 K route. More Information

Helly Hansen Comfortably Numb Trail Running Race

TBD, 2015
One of the most beautiful point to point races in British Columbia. The 25km Comfortably Numb course is an internationally recognized mountain biking route, and it's even more fun to run! A few climbs, a few descents, a beautiful bridge crossing, numerous sweeping vistas, and almost all singletrack. Don't miss out on the rebirth of this classic race! More Information

Whistler Valley Trail Run

TBD, 2015
Walk, run, wheel or ride either 4.2 km or 7.2 km in this annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Hosted by the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, registration beings at 10 AM and the run starts at 11 AM. More Information

Tenderfoot Boogie Ultra

TBD, 2015
Encounter just about every terrain imaginable on this trail run between Squamish and Whistler. With 50 mile, 50 km and 28 km options, the run follows the Sea to Sky Trail and will challenge and reward runners with flat and easy stretches, climbs, descents and stunning views. More Information

5 Peaks Trail Running Series

August 29, 2015
Running over rocks, roots, tree stumps, and logs, up ski hills, hiking trails, through puddles, mud, snow and much more. These courses take people off road and into the hills. The Whistler race will be held in the upper alpine of Blackcomb Mountain. Navigate through some steep climbs, sharp descents and craggy wilderness trails. And through it all, enjoy the tremendous views! More Information

Terry Fox Run

TBD, 2015
Walk, run, wheel or ride either 4.2 km or 7.2 km in this annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Hosted by the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, registration beings at 10 AM and the run starts at 11 AM. More Information

Whistler Spirit Run

TBD, 2015
The Whistler Spirit Run is a one-day cross-country and trail running event that takes place at Whistler Olympic Park and features options for all age groups from children to masters. Whether you are a highly competitive runner or a runner looking for a fun trail run or relay, the Whistler Spirit Run offers multiple options ranging from 1 KM to 8 KM including a family fun run. Come out and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Callaghan Valley and know that your participation is helping to build healthier communities right here in British Columbia. More Information

The Rubble Creek Classic Run

September 27, 2015
The Rubble Creek Classic is an early morning recreational trail run that has been going every year since 1985. Taking runners up a grueling 1338m climb, runners then proceed along the Helm Creek Trail through the Cinder Flats giving them epic views of the Black Tusk and down to Garibaldi lake and its environs. Through the beautiful Taylor Meadows ending with the final knee jarring decent of 1781m to finish at the Rubble Creek parking lot. It is a long run (24k) but the scenery is so spectacular you will not mind the work! More Information

Whistler 50 Relay and Ultra Marathon

TBD, 2015
This 8-person, 50 mile relay race or solo ultra-marathon is centred around Whistler Village and the picturesque Valley Trail system. Relay legs alternate between 13k & 7k. More Information

Other Fun Fitness Events

Tough Mudder at Whistler Olympic Park

June 20 & 21, 2015
Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world, consisting of hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces. Go to the mountains and test your strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie at Whistler Olympic Park this June. More Information

Subaru IRONMAN Canada - Whistler

July 26, 2015
One of the toughest triathlons in the world is coming to town. Whistler will host Subaru IRONMAN Canada this summer with the race course incorporating its beautiful lakes, mountain roads and the Valley Trail network. The race will start with a two-loop swim in the clean shallow waters of Alta Lake. Athletes will enjoy a lakeside transition before starting a one-loop bike course via the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Callaghan Valley and Pemberton. The two-loop run course will utilize the Valley Trail, winding past Lost Lake and Green Lake before a triumphant finish adjacent to Whistler Olympic Plaza in the Village. There will be plenty of events and activities around the race for athletes, family, friends and spectators. More Information

For a full listing of sporting events and more in Whistler, visit the events page.

Suggested Beginner & Intermediate Running Trails

The 40-kilometre paved multi-use Valley Trail extends from one end of Whistler to the other. You can shoose sections of the path to create the the perfect length run.View Map

Lost Lake Park offers plush gravel trails as well as wooded nature trails. Lost Lake Loop is 1.8 km going east around the lake. The trail is lit at night. The full loop trail is 4 km. View Map

Whistler Interpretive Forest across from Function Junction at the south end of Whistler provides a network of trails that alternate between gravel and dirt. View Map

Several single-track trails that are great for running include Emerald Forest, Cut Yer Bars, Rainbow-Sproat Flank Trail, and Green Lake Loop. View Trails Database


Suggested Advanced Running Trails

Comfortably Numb is a 26-kilometre run from Wedgemount to Lost Lake, with elevations of more that 1,000 metres. View Trails Database

Take the Whistler Village Gondola up to the Roundhouse Lodge to access the Singing Pass trail and make your way back down to the valley. If you prefer to not take the gondola, you may access the trail from the Village and run up to the Roundhouse Lodge. This stunning and challenging run is 24 km long. View Hiking Map (PDF 8.5 MB)

The Sea to Sky Trail is a 190-kilometre journey that begins at the windswept Squamish waterfront and traverses all the way to Pemberton and beyond. Whistler Sea To Sky Trail Map (PDF 6.0 MB)


Running in Winter

In winter Whistler receives snow to the valley floor which covers the singletrack and the Valley Trail. Some sections of the Valley Trail are plowed and are suitable for running, with proper preparation.

Check the weather conditions before starting, and be sure that you are prepared to deal with snow- and ice-covered surfaces on your run. Winter running shoes or traction control devices are highly recommended.

Other options for getting a good workout over winter include using the indoor gyms and swimming pools, nordic skiing and snowshoeing.

Training

There are many fitness facilities in Whistler where you can train indoors if you need a quick work-out or prefer to stay dry on wet or snowy days.


Local Running Clubs and Guided Runs

The following stores provide seasonal road and trail running events plus clinics and interval training for specific races.

Store Name Contact
Arc'teryx Contact
Escape Route Contact
Helly Hansen Contact
Lululemon Contact
The North Face Contact
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