This scenic 21.1 course is designed to showcase all that Whistler is – an amazing town nestled in the coast mountains of BC. It doesn’t take long to understand how this place was chosen to be the host mountain resort of the 2010 Winter Games. With towering glacier capped mountains as the backdrop, it is no wonder that Whistler’s only half marathon has made it to the “must do” list for distance runners from across North America.
Saturday June 3, 2017
Walkers Start: 7:00am
Runner Start: 7:50am
Recommended minimum age of participant: 16 years old on race day
Half Marathon distance certified by Athletics Canada Certification # BC-2012-166-BDC.
Breathtaking, in a good way
Some words that have been used to describe it by folks involved in the course layout are: Undulating, Serene, Unique, Breathtaking and Beautiful. The course will wind its way around the Whistler Valley, taking in a number of neighbourhoods and parks along the way.
With a start line in the shadow of the Olympic cauldron, you will warm up in the exact location that Olympic and Paralympic athletes received their medals during the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Upon departing Whistler Olympic Plaza the course follows municipal roadways into the neighbourhood of Whistler Cay, over Blueberry Hill, and along the shores of Alta Lake before entering a beautiful stand of temperate rainforest on the paved valley trail system. Following a loop through the Alta Vista area, the 1okm course splits off toward the village while the half marathon continues on the Valley Trail system out to what is arguably Whistler’s greatest viewpoint at Rainbow Park prior to returning for a loop on “Easy Street”.
The peak of Whistler Mountain is in full view as the course returns to Whistler Village and a stretch along the famous Village Stroll. Departing Whistler Village the Trail connects the course to municipal roadways in one of Whistler’s original neighbourhoods at White Gold, still home to some of the town’s original ski cabins. The final stretch into the finish begins with a forested track offering peek – a – boo views of Fitzsimmons Creek, and Blackcomb Mountain; followed by a winding final kilometre into the finish line with views of the Olympic Rings and Paralympic Agitos framed by the iconic Peak to Peak gondola.
The Half Marathon, with a total elevation gain of 250m, 4 hills, and plenty of flats; this course is achievable by athletes of all abilities. Negative split times can be expected with many of the hills being covered in the first half of the course.
NOTE: This is NOT a closed course. Although the first few km are in desginated lanes on the roadway, please note that much of the course follows open roads and trail where vehicular (auto and bicycle), pedestrian, and animal traffic can be encountered at anytime.
Course Markings: Each kilometre will be marked using roadside signage to help athletes with race pacing
Aid Stations: Aid stations include water, Gatorade, washrooms, and first aid. Stations are located at the 4.5km, 9.5km, 12.5, 15.5km, and 18.5km distances in the half marathon and at the 4.5km and 8.25 km distances in the 10 km road run.
Time cut-off: Please note that the course and finish line area will begin to be dismantled at noon. Should you plan to take longer than 4 hours to complete the course, you may find yourself without the aid of course marshals and traffic control. Please download a map and take it with you, once marshals and traffic control or removed the course, please proceed with caution using sidewalks and designated pathways.