Alice Lake - Race 1
Alice Lake - Race 1
Saturday, April 15, 2017.
WE ARE PROUDLY A CUP-FREE EVENT!
For all races and events, please bring your own reusable cup/container. Thank-you for being a part of our commitment to the environment!
A very important note from our awesome Race Directors, Solana and Jay:
There is VERY limited parking, and NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO PARK ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD INSIDE THE PARK. The last 3 years the park rangers have threatened to have cars towed and I've been told it won't just be a threat this year. There are signs all the way along the side of the road that say no parking that are ignored time and time again. You cannot ignore the signs this year. Well, you can, but you'll make me very upset, the park rangers upset, and well, you just might end up without a car waiting for you at the end of your race. I'm not kidding.
The main reason we moved the race date to April was to alleviate the parking issues of a June race with the public wanting to visit the lake. BC Parks is giving us a chance to show them we can work together, and I promised BC Park that our racers would carpool and take up the least amount of spaces as possible.
There are 3 main places to park:
#1 - The PRIME SPOTS. Right next to the race start, which has limited spots, and it will be filled by 7:15am latest.
#2 - The main parking lots at Alice Lake, of which we have HALF the spots for our racers arriving between 7 & 830am. All racers HAVE TO ARRIVE AND BE PARKED BY 8:30AM, as check-in CLOSES at 8:45am, and check-in is at the South end of the lake, approx 1KM from the main lot. This parking lot is great because it's located next to the main washrooms and there's less likely to be bathroom line-ups.
#3 - Just off the highway, in the overflow lot, and down BOTH sides of the North no exit lane. Yes, we're allowed to park on the sides of this road, and this road only. Parking in this overflow lot/road, is 2.25KMs from the race start. Pro tip: This is an excellent warm-up, and you can visit the main bathrooms in the main parking lot on your way to avoid the portables line-ups!
Cars of 2 or less people will be directed to park the farthest away, in our 3rd option parking areas. Sorry - but that's just the way it is. In this day and age with the technology we have, there's no excuses for not being able to find a friend to ride-share with. **note, if you have a car that only seats 2, we won't hold it against you** We are also working hard to set up a bussing option from Vancouver, at a cost of $25 per person for a two way trip. This should be a really fun bus! Check back soon for more details and to purchase your tickets
Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!
Solana and Jay
*Feb 20 update:
This race sold out much sooner than we expected. We have opened up another 150 spots, but only on the condition that as many people as possible will take the bus from Vancouver. This will be a super fun bus ride, saves gas, and will help us out with parking congestion! Please consider taking the bus if you can. Tickets are available for purchase for $25.00 per person round trip from the Burrard Sky Train station in Vancouver. Busses will depart Burrard Skytrain station at 6am, with arrival at Alice Lake at approximately 7:30am. They will pick everyone up at 12:15pm after the race to take them back to the same station for drop off. Special draw prizes for anyone who takes the bus! Anyone registered in the race is welcome to buy a ticket. They can be purchased here:
Alice Lake is one of Squamish's sweetspots, surrounded by towering mountains, dense forests and grassy areas. There are four fresh water lakes that dominate the landscape and make swimming and fishing very enjoyable pastimes.
Drive north on Highway 99 from downtown Squamish. After Brackendale (the last residential area) the well-marked Alice Lake turn off is on your right, a few kilometers north of town.
Alice Lake Provincial Park, Brackendale, BC
Categories, Fees & Distances:
$47 plus fees until April 1
NO RACE DAY ENTRY
$47 plus fees until April 1
NO RACE DAY ENTRY
RACE DAY REGISTRATION ONLY
Timed Kids' Race:
$15 plus fees until April 1
NO RACE DAY ENTRY
7:00 AM - Packet Pickup for all Events (No Race Day Registration)
8:15 AM - Start of the 3km Kids Timed Event
8:45 AM - Start of the Children's Challenge (Free Kids Event)
8:45 AM - Packet Pickup Closes
9:00 AM - Start for Enduro Event
9:15 AM - Start for Sport Event
9:30 AM - Post race food & beverage available in race compound
11:30 AM - Awards Ceremony: time is approximate
Squamish is an endless outdoor playground and we're proud to present you with one of our absolute highlight courses.
We start and finish in the beautiful Alice Lake Provincial Park, where you can even go for a cool down dip post race, as well as have a BBQ at one of the many picnic tables. Please note, no dogs are allowed on the beach, or in the picnic areas, so dogs are best left at home for this event.
The enduro course starts off by heading around the East side of Alice Lake, through the road in the campgroup, and crosses the road onto the aptly named Four Lakes Trail. During the race you will cruise past Stump Lake, Fawn Lake, Edith Lake and finish up right on Alice Lake.
After looping around the Four Lakes Trail, you'll head past the aid station for the first time, climbing up Mike's to 50 Shades More, where you'll be taking a hard left onto some flowy, runnable, lush switchbacks. You'll pop out on Entrails, turning right, and heading slightly uphill for about 1km, before taking a hard left into the entrance of Rupert & Tazer. Wave Hi to Rupert the dog, enter the trail, and take an immediate right onto Tazer's Alternate. Tazer & Rupert are two of the most fun and unique trails around, featuring a human sized doghouse, a crazy wave bridge, and some really crazy tight corners that will have you screaming "weeeeee!" all the way down. You'll pop out onto Mashiter, take a left around the corner, and left up onto Tracks From Hell. Stay on the narrow bridge or risk running through a swamp. Connect back up to the trail, and be greeted by MUD! Don't worry, it'll be over soon, and it won't kill you. Trail runners look better dirty anyways..You'll pop back out right past the aid station, and if you need a quick sip, grab it, it's time to bomb downhill. You'll run past the turn off to 50 Shades More, heading straight this time, until you reach one of the premiere descents in all of Squamish, Credit Line. Though slightly technical it is a wonderful piece of trail that will bring you down onto the buffed out Jack's Trail. If you're interested, half-way down, there's a beautiful look-out, and the perfect place to stop for a mid-race selfie. Onto Jack's and it's 1.5km at a slight incline, as soon as you spy pavement, pump those legs your finish line is just 200meters away!
The course starts off by heading around the East side of Alice Lake, through the road in the campgroup, and crosses the road onto the aptly named Four Lakes Trail. During the race you will cruise past Stump Lake, Fawn Lake, Edith Lake and finish up right on Alice Lake. After looping around the Four Lakes Trail we'll climb up Mike's Loop to one of the premiere descents in all of Squamish, Credit Line. Though slightly technical it is a wonderful piece of trail that will bring you down onto the buffed out Jack's Trail. Turn right and laugh at all the Enduro racers having to turn left and continue climbing. Jack's is a beautiful rolling trail, and once you past the Enduro course Mid-Life Crisis trail, know that you're in the home stretch. A 1km slight incline up will spit you out at Alice Lake Parking Lot, as soon as you spy pavement, pump those legs your finish line is just 200meters away! Sport has 1 water station approx 4kms into the course.
Enduro Course: 400m
Sport Course: 270m
First Aid & Water Stations:
2 Water/Aid Stations(1 at start / finish area, and 1 mid way through course). First Aid attendants at the Start/Finish area, at aid station and throughout course with radio communication. Course sweep will travel behind last racer.
There is a large bathroom building near the main parking lot, and we will have portable toilets, as well as the existing outhouse near the start/finish line. Please consider stopping to use the bathroom as you walk to the start/finish to avoid huge lineups.
There is minimal parking at Alice Lake, and we are only able to use a portion of the parking lots for racers. Please CARPOOL, arrive early, collect your 5 Peaks parking ticket if you're early enough for the main parking lot. If you are not early enough to snag one of these coveted spots, you will need to park OUTSIDE of the park, on the road, near the highway turnoff. This is an approx 1.5 km walk to the race start.
PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY ENOUGH TO PARK AND BE AT THE RACE COMPOUND A MINIMUM OF 30 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR RACE START. Be prepared to walk 1-2kms from your car to the event start. We will be starting all events on time, regardless of whether you left enough time to drive from Vancouver, find parking, and walk in. Consider the walk/jog a great pre-race warm-up that will help you run faster during the race! When in doubt about the amount of time needed, add an extra 20 minutes to be safe.
All parking is free, but no parking is allowed on the sides of the Alice Lake roads inside the park - if you choose to disobey the parking rules, you may be ticketed or fined by the park, and you may jeopardize our chances of holding a race at this location in the future. Please listen and respect our parking attendants!
In the interest of racer safety and because of the size of our attendance and the technicality of our course, it's dangerous!
NONE OF THESE THINGS BELONG ON THE TRAIL DURING THE RACE.
- No dogs
- No headphones
- No strollers or baby joggers
- No nordic walking poles
Drop Bags: There will be a tent set up where you can leave a bag for after the race. We do not have a full drop bag system in place, and we ask that you do not leave any valuables in your bags.
Race Swag: TBA
Music: This year we are not allowed to have any amplified music in Alice Lake to disturb campers and other guests. Yes, this is not as much fun, but we'll make do. Please keep other park users in mind when arriving early, and keep your volume to a minimum.
Spectators Welcome...best viewing from start/finish area.
Awards & Prizes:
Awards ceremony will be held following completion of all competitors. (Approximately 11:30am). Medals are given to the top three male and female finishers in each age category in all distances, as well as top three male and female finishers overall. All awards must be picked up at the race and will not be mailed.
Registration Deadline and Fee:
Individual registration for this race is $47** and available until April 1st, 2017 -or- until sold out. Click the REGISTER NOW button to purchase and guarantee your spot.
**Registration fees, park fees (where applicable) & GST not included.
BEST DEAL: Purchase a 5 Peaks Season Pass.
Sorry, 2017 Season Passes are sold out
Season Passes are available for purchase until January 2nd, 2017. With a season pass, you are automatically registered for the entire race series in one region (at the very best price of the season) and you'll also receive a BONUS custom 5 Peaks T-shirt for FREE!