Last Saturday we were at the finish line in Three Sisters Mountain Village for the annual charity run/ride, Running on Empty, organized by MitoCanada that raises funds for awareness and research into mitochondrial disease.
For cross-country runners and mountain bikers there was a variety of distances to choose from, the shortest being 6 km along the final leg of Quebexican trail that runs between Dead Man Flat and Three Sisters. But the heart of the event is the 100 km ultra marathon that starts at West Bragg Creek parking lot: at 10.30 pm the night before for runners, and at 5.30 am for mountain bikers. As someone said , it was just above freezing at the start and 26 degrees at the finish. Support teams on roads along the way took in cast off clothing and provided drinks and eats.
Bike route: Tom Snow, Moosepackers, Shaft, Elbow Valley trail, Prairie Creek, Powderface Trail the Road, Jumpingpound Summit trail to Junpingpound Ridge trail, Lusk Pass, Baldy Pass, Hwy. 40 to Nakiska, and Skogan Pass; in all a whopping 3231 m (10,600 ft.) of height gain. The runners took a different route in places, taking in all of Jumpingpound Ridge trail from Canyon Creek, and using Jewel Pass via Prairie View trail to reach the Bow Valley. New this year was a 250 km road bike from Longview. It was truly amazing to me that everyone, regardless of distance or mode of travel, finished between 4.30 and 6 pm on the mine haulage road at the start of the route to Middle Sister. That’s organization!
Click here to see a video of last year’s run that covered the same route.
Click here for a video of the first run that took an entirely different route, starting and finishing at Canmore via Buller and Guinn passes and the traverse of Mt. Allan in deep snow.