WHISTLER, British Columbia, 2017-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Outdoor fitness enthusiasts and trail runners should mark their calendars for September 2, 2017, when The North Face Valley to Peak trail running race returns to Whistler Mountain. Now in its third year, The North Face Valley to Peak challenges trail runners with over 1,800 meters of elevation gain over a 22.5 kilometre course from the valley to the alpine on Whistler Mountain. New for this year will be a shorter 10 kilometre course designed to showcase the beautiful alpine trails on Whistler Mountain. Discounted early bird registration is available until August 15, 2017, and gives participants access to a free orientation clinic hosted by new event partner, The North Face. The orientation clinic will take place on July 23, 2017, featuring a trail running tech talk, 5 kilometer guided trail run at the top of Whistler Mountain along with a nutrition talk.
“‘The North Face is very excited to begin its partnership with Whistler Blackcomb to host the Valley To Peak trail run,” says Carl Bissonnette, marketing manager at The North Face Canada. “The challenging terrain complimented with world class views will definitely make this another memorable event.”
The 22.5 kilometre course begins at the base of Whistler Mountain in Skiers Plaza and climbs through the Whistler Mountain Bike Park towards the Roundhouse Lodge. It then follows the full length of the iconic High Note Trail, which leads runners to the Top Of The World Summit at the Peak of Whistler Mountain. The final stage of the race will feature a downhill dash to the finish line outside of the Roundhouse Lodge. The 10 kilometer course will start at the Roundhouse Lodge, taking competitors down towards Harmony Lake on route to Harmony Ridge, up the Half Note Trail to the Peak of Whistler Mountain, finishing with a descent down Matthew’s and Pika’s Traverse to the Roundhouse Lodge.
“The North Face Valley to Peak race showcases Whistler Blackcomb’s extensive trail network and rewards competitors with a unique way to experience all of Whistler Mountain, from old growth forests to high alpine vistas,” says Seb Fremont, events manager for Whistler Blackcomb. “The new 10 kilometre course is great addition this year, allowing a broader group of competitors to enjoy the alpine trail running conditions on some of the best single track Whistler has to offer.”
Participants and spectators are invited to the North Face Store in Whistler Village after the race for music and draw prizes from 3 pm – 5 pm. CLIF Bar, Whistler Blackcomb’s official energy bar, will also support The North Face Valley to Peak providing samples throughout the day.
Discounted early bird registration is $35 for solo racers competing in the 10 kilometre race and $50 for competitors tackling the full 22.5 kilometre course. For more information, or to sign up, please visit https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/events-and-activities/events/2017/09/valley-to-peak.
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About The North Face®
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company’s products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains.
About Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, is situated in the Resort Municipality of Whistler located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia 125 kilometres (78 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia. Whistler and Blackcomb are two side-by-side mountains which, combined, offer over 200 marked runs, 8,171 acres of terrain, 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, receive on average 1,170 centimetres (461 inches) of snow annually, have one of the longest ski seasons in North America, and are a part of the premier mountain resort network, Vail Resorts. In the summer, Whistler Blackcomb offers a variety of activities, including hiking and biking trails, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, and sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola.
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