Canadian Mountain Running Champs to Canmore. Meanwhile, in Geneva…

Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park – Always good for a spectacular view or two and some great trails – Photo: Canmore Runner

So, here’s some exciting local news, that our good friends at 5 Peaks will host the 2017 Canadian Mountain Running Championship in Canmore on June 10.

Canada’s top mountain runners are expected to compete for the Canadian title up and down the beautiful trails at Canmore Nordic Centre. Prize money will be awarded to the top Canadian finishers in the men’s and women’s races.

The Canadian Championships are the qualifying race for the Canadian national mountain running team which will compete at the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy on July 30, 2017. You can find out more about qualifying for the national team here

A wee footnote to all this. Before you rock up to the Nordic Centre on June 10 with your Speedcross and a burning desire to race, you do have to have qualified which you can do by meeting any one (or more) of the following criteria:

  • You’ve previously competed for Canada in Mountain Running or Cross-Country Running at the international level in the last 5 years (NACAC, Worlds or Commonwealth Championships)
  • You’ve finished in the top three in your age group in a Canadian Regional Mountain Running Qualifying Series race:

Eastern Qualifying Race: Xtrail Mont Sutton, May 27, 2017 [qualify in any distance – 6.5k, 11.8k or 22k]

Ontario Qualifying Race: 5Peaks Terra Cotta, April 22, 2017 [qualify in either Sports Course or Enduro Course]

Prairies Qualifying Race: 5Peaks Terwillegar, April 29, 2017[qualify in either Sports Course or Enduro Course]

BC Qualifying Race: Loop the Lakes, May 13, 2017 [qualify in any distance – 8k, 15k or 21k]

  • You’ve run under 36 minutes (men) or 40 minutes (women) for 10km in 2016 or 2017 in a sanctioned road or cross-country race or any other equivalent race result.

I’m guessing you probably also need to be Canadian too…for which there is increasing demand these days it seems. And, of course, if you do qualify and you get to race, don’t forget your bear spray!

Meanwhile in Geneva, i’ve been busy tackling my inspiration deficit. First, i’m making my way through this mighty tome by Jason Koop, and rather enjoying it too:


Second, i’m also making a distinct effort to seek out trails, as opposed to tarmac, in and around my current stomping ground, and that do not involve a 40-plus minute drive to and from the trailhead. Last Saturday saw some success in the company of Ms Canmore Runner with a great little 7km run which involved a superb 4km stretch and some bushwhacking along the banks of La Versoix:

Photo: Canmore Runner
Photo: Canmore Runner
Photo: Canmore Runner

True, Canmore and the Bow Valley it is not, and the sound of gun fire from the nearby shooting range was a little off-putting, but it’s still pretty special. And you’ve got to make the most of what you’ve got.

Until next time, happy trails.

Belated happy new year! This year’s resolution is…

Dear readers,

Belated happy new year!  May 2017 be everything you want it to be and then some.

So, you may have noticed a certain degree of radio silence on the blog. In fact, WordPress informs me that it’s been three months since my last post. This is not to say that I haven’t been running but I have been lacking in inspiration – both to run as often as I would like and probably should, and to blog about it.

Hopefully that changed this week when I found myself back in Canada, back at my in-laws in Kelowna and, predictably enough, back on the trails of Knox Mountain. I also found myself on back on the bathroom scales and was horrified at what I saw – a few extra kilos of inspiration right there.

It was only a couple of gentle, chilly, 6km runs over Knox. But it was my first outing on trail (as opposed to tarmac) in weeks and it was such a thrill to be back there. And the views were rather superb:


The good news is it left me wanting more of the same. And being the new year and all, resolving to make that happen seemed like a fine idea, whether here in Canada or back in Switzerland where we’re currently based. Finally, a new year’s resolution that I might actually keep.

Until next time, happy trails.


Tent Ridge. Wow.

James Kendal descending Tent Ridge – Photo: Canmore Runner

Oh brother, was I ever kicking myself. Why, oh why, oh why, leave it until now, my last week in Canmore, to run Tent Ridge. I’d heard about it ages ago and I knew from others that it was something special. So why the delay in getting up there and experiencing one of, if not the, most spectacular run that Kananaskis Country has to offer? It’s a rhetorical question of course. It wasn’t that i’d been sitting around doing nothing. I’d been busy running up, down and along other mountains and ridges. But let this be a warning to you: if you’re looking for a 10km run, with 879m of elevation, that has it all from technical singletrack through the trees, to hands-on scrambling, stunning, drawn out mountain vistas and a fast, technical descent back down, then make haste for Tent Ridge. You won’t be disappointed. Continue reading

Coming to Canmore: Trails in Motion

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The world’s trail running film festival, Trails in Motion, is coming to Canmore on Saturday, June 11th, proudly presented by Canmore Trail Culture.

The screening will take place at artsPlace in the centre of Canmore and will begin at 7pm. Doors open at 630pm. Tickets are $15CAD and can be purchased online from artsPlace beginning next week.

There are seven excellent films to enjoy, inspire and motivate and the opportunity to win prizes generously donated by 5 Peaks and Salomon. For a sense of what lies in store, check out the Trails in Motion trailer below:

And if that’s not enough and you really want to make it a trail running weekend spectacular, you could always enter the 5 Peaks race at the Canmore Nordic Centre on the morning of Saturday 11th; and/or join Canmore Trail Culture on the morning of Sunday 12th for a probably more leisurely pot-luck-brunch-run, complete with the opportunity to demo some of the Salomon range of trail running shoes.

Save the date. It’s going to be awesome.