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 running in the cool air of the Coast Mountains? Go on - challenge yourself.

2016 Running & Fitness Events in Whistler

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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