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Lost Soul Ultra

08-Sep-2017 Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

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Trail Race Race Terrain
161KM / 100Miles
2 Days - 320 Runners

Alternate Distances: 100KM/62M 50KM/31M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From $160 CAD

The Lost Soul Ultra Marathon will take place September 8-9, 2017 in Lethbridge, Alberta. Annually, it is the weekend following the Labour Day holiday weekend. The event has been filling up in a few hours and registration is in January.

The 100-mile and 100-km events start at 9:00am Friday morning with 33 and 21 hours respectively to finish. The 50-km event starts Saturday at 7:00am with 11 hours to finish. The trail course runs through the city's river valley coulees on public and private land. In this event, 320 ultra-marathoners race against each other, the elements, and the unrelenting hills. Less than 150 years ago, these valleys were the site of the last major First Nations battle on Canadian soil between the Blackfoot and Cree Confederacies.

The course resembles a pair of stacked figure-eights. The three aid stations are located at the intersection points with segment distances varying from 7 to 16 km. Elevation gain or loss is approximately 1000 metres with 13 significant hills over the 53km loop. Although we are on the prairies, our river valley can feel like the Grand Canyon. Top race times are around 5 hours for the 50k, 11 hours for the 100km and 21 hours for the 100-mile event.

The race organizers continue to keep the race small to maintain memorable running experiences. One racer commented: “Thank you to all the organizers and thanks and hugs to all volunteers, you made it possible for me to finish and enjoy spending time at each station. I will be back next year for sure.” Check out our Facebook page to read more racer comments and reports.

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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.

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TerriM

03:22 10-09-17

LSU was my first Ultra, when I completed the 50K back in 2012. I've gone back almost every year since! The race directors do a great job organizing the event, and the volunteers are always amazing! The aid stations are stocked with a lot of great food options, and a lot of support. The course is challenging, but the cut-off times are generous enough to give slower runners, like myself ;-) , a fighting chance. Expect a lot of steep hills, mixed in with runnable sections, and hot weather during the day.
The race has gotten so popular that it sells out within a few hours, which speaks to what a great event it is!

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kariv

08:40 21-09-16

My opinion might be a tad bias as i live in Lethbridge and know the folks that host this race very well. But that is the reason i chose LSU to be my first ultra. The course is my own backyard for starters so training was fantastic! Because i know the folks involved and a volunteer previous to running this ultra i knew it`s a first class race. If you get the opportunity to do this.....do it!

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Drtyrunner

09:17 17-09-16

9/9/16 ran the 100k
Absolutely amazing event. Challenging course for those not accustomed to running the Coulees. Incredible support from start to finish. Great aid stations, post race breakfast, fleeces and personalized tiles for finishers. Already planning on coming back next year.

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lisa

10:04 16-09-16

Ran 100k in 2016.
Amazing race. Tough course but generous time limit. Aid stations are great and the volunteers are even better! I would definitely do it again.

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