INTRODUCTION TO ULTRA TRAIL RUNNING

3 hours of running and tuition

FREE

17th June 9am - 12pm open to members and non members

8 places available – please register prior if you would like to attend call 604 932 1984 or email allie.wcac@gmail.com

Before getting into the sport of Ultra Running, there are a few things to be considered. The most obvious is distance. Ultra running is great for people that are goal-driven, or for those who aspire to be! Patience and hard work over a long period of time will definitely make these events more rewarding. Another factor is travel. Ultra running allows you to experience travel destinations from a whole new perspective. It really allows you to spend time with local runners and immerses you in nature. It really is unique!

If you have been thinking about getting into ultra running, you have probably second guessed yourself when you think about how much there is to learn, and how painful it may be to learn these lessons the hard way. The good news is- you don’t have to learn the hard way. Whistler has an incredible community of experienced ultra runners, including our very own Peter Armistead.  Peter is a competitive ultra trail runner and has placed on the podium at 50, 75 and 100 mile races.  He is leading a 3hr trail run on 17th June 9am-12pm starting from the gym, open to all members and non members.

In this 3 hour experience you will be guided through varied terrain, all of which is in lovely condition right now with the early season sun we have been getting! There is some steep uphill which we will walk, some lovely flats, technical downhill, single and double track and even river crossings. A nice taste of some of the obstacles you would encounter on an ultra course.

As it will be taken at a slow and steady pace, if you know you can run for about an hour, you should be able to complete the 3hr course. There will be options to cut it short if you need to, and we will take plenty of breaks. We plan to stop every 30 minutes or so to discuss some aspect of running. This will give us a chance to get our energy back and will allow time for discussion, information sharing and questions.  Topics may include:

-          Pacing in longer distance runs/races- How to run the uphills/downhills, heart rate, and     strategy.

-          Nutrition, hydration and salts.

-          Gear choices…socks and shoes, backpacks

-          Lessons Peter has learnt from running 100 milers!!  What to expect/what happened to him.

-          Training for longer races. What do Peter’s weeks look like?  How to prepare to run for 31hrs straight.

We will email you a list of recommended equipment, food, water and clothing so you are prepared.

Email allie.wcac@gmail.com for more information or to sign up.

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