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Black Spur Ultra

24-Aug-2019 Kimberley, BC, Canada

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Mountains Race Race Terrain
54KM / 34Miles
2 Days - 500 Runners

Alternate Distances: 108KM/67M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From $220 CAD

Black Spur Ultra is a race wrought from the winding, technical single track that trail runners dream about. No pavement, big climbs through rugged terrain, and stunning scenery. In its first year many racers dubbed Black Spur an “instant classic”. Hosted at Kimberley Alpine Resort, you can walk to the start line right from your hotel room.

 

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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miriya52

04:56 26-08-16

Great course, really well organized by Brian the RD. I ran the 54k. Leg 1 is technical and lots of climbing, and the course gets easier and easier in leg 2 and 3. Leg 3 is very runnable, if you still have the legs left to run! Kimberley is a lovely town to stay. There are restaurants and cafes, along with the mountain views. It's a great destination race.

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Jessicamae2

05:52 24-08-16

This is an amazing race! Beautiful views and Really well organized!

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harperheirb

03:22 24-08-16

Very well organized and a technical, fun course. I'll be back again next year.

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gibju2005

03:17 23-08-16

I ran legs 5 & 6 as part of a team relay of the 108km race. I am a relatively novice trail racer so I found leg 5 to be very technical and challenging. Leg 6 was equally so, although mostly because of my fitness levels and the total darkness.
Overall, the race is extremely well organized, the course is adequately marked (even when you're a bit delirious), and all three legs provide a huge challenge. Having participated in Sinister 7 as well, Black Spur is an equal challenge without the large amount of runners or crazy demand for spaces.
One thing to note, which can be see as either a positive or negative. All legs start and finish in the same place. This makes logistics super simple, but it is a smidge repetitive when you need to do the first climb 6 times.

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