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Thursty Elk Trail Race

2022 Race Update

We are excited to be moving forward with plans for Thursty Elk on July 9, 2022.

We humbly thank you for your support of our community and can’t wait to see you all out on the trails soon!  Scroll down for more details.

Date:  Saturday, July 9, 2022
Trail Distance: 25km | 5km | Kids Run 1km
S’olh Temexw

Our race takes place on the unceded traditional territory of the Stó:lō peoples.  The Stó:lō have an intrinsic relationship to the land which they refer to as S’olh Temexw (Our Sacred Land); therefore we express our gratitude and respect for the honour of recreating within this territory.

Course Descriptions

Epic Course – 25km

This point to point adventure starts with a short jaunt on the road to thin out the pack, but  then transitions to some of the most incredible single track around!  Encompassing trails through the Community Forest, Gloria, Thurston and Elk Mountain descending into the Chilliwack River Valley, this is an epic journey with over 2000m of elevation!  Who’s ready for an awesome, adrenaline pumping trail adventure?

Short Course – 5km and 1km Kids Run

There is also a short course option (5km) for all those runners looking to check out the trail running scene for the first time, or just looking for a shorter and faster route with less climbing!!

Don’t forget to bring the kids….they will love frolicking through the forest on our ~1km loop course!

The journey is filled with peaks and valleys. Find the beauty in both.

RUN WILD. RUN FREE. RUN BEYOND.

25
KMS
32808
Steps
2000
Elevation Gain
3
Aid Stations
17
High Fives
Schedule

Date: Saturday July 9, 2022

Trail Distances: 25km, 5km, and a ~2km Kids Run

Start times:
7.30am – 25km – Start from Unity Christian School (Hack Brown & Nixon Road)

9.00am – ~1km Kids Run – Start from Chilliwack Community Forest

9.30am – 5km – start from Chilliwack Community Forest

 

CUTOFF TIME for 25km: 8 hours / 3.30pm at Finish line

Registration
  • Registration for the 25km run will open March 9, 2022 and will close June 19, 2022 at 11.59pm.  This event will be capped at 200 participants.
  • Registration for the 5km and kids run will open April 1, 2022.
  • There will be no race day registration.
  • Registration includes the following:
    • Souvenir finishing medal (25km)
    • Souvenir socks (who doesn’t love socks!)
    • Race bib
    • Individual timing
    • Participant insurance
    • On-site first aid
    • Safe, secure course with approved event permitting
    • Yummy treats at each of the aid stations!
  • We don’t want anyone to be left out due to financial concerns. If you wish to participate but face a financial barrier to doing so, please email us at info@peaksnvalleys.ca and we will work something out. If you’d like to contribute to our financial assistance program, please email us at info@peaksnvalleys.ca.
Parking

5km and kids run:

 

Parking is extremely limited in the Chilliwack Community Forest where the 5km and kids run will start and finish.  Parking is available at Unity Christian School at no charge.  Car pooling is encouraged and highly recommended. 

 

25km race:

 

This is a scenic point to point adventure.  The start and finish line are approximately a 30 minute drive apart.  You will need to pre-arrange transportation for this event.

 

Parking and shuttle at finish line:

If you wish to park near the finish line, a shuttle option will be available to participants who pre-register for this option online.  The shuttle will leave in the morning from a designated point along Chilliwack Lake Road (exact location and time TBA near the finish line)  and will move participants to the start line at Unity School.  Parking near the finish line is limited and car pooling is highly encouraged and recommended.

 

Parking at start line:

Free parking will be available for participants for the entire day at Unity Christian School (start line).  If you park in this parking lot, your car will need to be removed before the gate is locked at dusk.  You will have to pre-arrange transportation back to your car from the finish line in Slesse Park or have someone pick up your car through the day.

Race Details
Package Pick-up:
  • Friday July 8, 2022 – 1pm – 5pm – Garrison Running Co., Market Way, Chilliwack
  • Saturday, July 9 – at race start line:
    • 25km: 6.30am – 7.15am at Start line – Unity Christian School parking lot
    •   5km: 8.00am – 8.45am at Unity Christian School parking lot

Only the registered runner will be able to pick up their race package. Please bring ID with you. No exceptions.

Zero Waste:

In an effort to produce zero waste events, please note that there will be no bags given at package pick-up.  You are welcome to bring one along with you.

 

 

Thursty Elk is Trail Sisters approved! 

Kids Run

The Kids Run is approximately 1km in length following Pi:txel and Spotlem trails.  Kids of all ages are invited to participate.  It’s a non-competitive fun run for little feet.  It’s not timed, but each participant will receive a finisher medal to take home.

Race Policy
  • A comprehensive runners guide will be provided to all participants prior to race day.
  • There will be NO crew or pacers allowed on course.
  • Poles WILL be allowed for the 25km event, but only after entering the trails after the 2km road section.  This is to allow the group to spread out enough to safely use poles.
  • There are no registration prerequisites, but the 25km course is a steep and demanding single track backcountry course.  You should have experience in distance backcountry trail running and be prepared for the unexpected.
  • There is no mandatory gear for the race, but it is highly recommended that you carry at least 1 litre of water and refill at each aid station.
  • Whether racing, training, or adventuring, it is always encouraged that everyone carry the 10 Essentials for backcountry safety with you in your pack.  Its tough to predict what might happen on the trails, but as the Girl Guides say “Be Prepared!”.

Click to read all the general race fine print!

Thursty Elk 25km

25km Epic Mountain Route



Download the GPX file here: Thursty Elk 25km

5k Community Forest Loop



Download the GPX file here: Thursty Elk 5km

~1k Kids Run Community Forest