Buckin’ Hell

Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 35 KM, 50 KM, 50 KM RELAY
SOLD OUT

Overview

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2024

Distances: 35km, 50km, 50km two person relay

With almost 2500 meters / 8250 feet of climbing and descent through the rough and rugged North Shore Mountains of British Columbia, Buckin’ Hell earns its name, and reputation. The race starts and finishes at the Mount Seymour Resort, atop Mount Seymour, and runners begin by running straight up the mountain from there. After tagging a lower summit, runners will begin their 1200 meter descent on down to the Seymour River far, far below. Along the way competitors travel through remnants of old growth forest, mixed in with modern day bike trails, woodwork and seemingly never ending technical terrain underfoot. Don’t leave it all out there on the descent as you still have to climb back on up the opposite side of the mountain to finish this thing off! Buckin’ Hell is an absolute showcase of some of the best trails and vantage points that Vancouver’s North Shore has to offer.

Start and finish in the scenic ski resort area of Mount Seymour Resort.

Distance options of a 35K course, a 50K ultra distance, and a 50K two-person relay. Featuring local favourite trails such as the Baden Powell, Mystery Lake, Severed, Brockton Lookout and the eponymous Old Buck trail, this is one of the most technically challenging 50km races you’ll come across!

PLUS! Every runner in all distances gets a pair of these stylish black runners’ gloves with the Buckin’ Hell logo.

Kids Race:

The Kids Race is about 1km in length, and most runners are aged between 3 – 10, though we welcome all kids to participate. It’s not timed, is non-competitive and purely for the fun of all involved, but with special kids’ bibs, finisher stickers to collect, and random draw prizes. Registration is FREE! But during registration, we offer parents the opportunity to donate to Butterfly Run Vancouver, a local organization that supports families dealing with pregnancy and infant loss.

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We acknowledge that Buckin' Hell takes place on the ancestral and unceded territories of the səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and S’ólh (Stó:lō) Nations.

Course

Ascent: 1700m / 5500ft
Descent: 1700m / 5500ft

Course Maps

View an interactive map with elevation profile below.

Download a GPX file of the route by clicking here.

Or, you can view an image of the course map below. You can click the image to open a larger file in a new tab, or download onto your mobile device.

Click the map above to view a larger image.

Schedule

Date:

Saturday, July 27, 2024

Distances:

35km, 50km, 50km two person relay

Location:

Mt Seymour Resort, North Vancouver, BC

Start Times:

50km - 7:00am - 11hr cutoff
Relay - 7:30am - 11hr cutoff
35km - 8:00am - 10hr cutoff
Kid's Race - 11:00am

Pre-Race Briefing:

Mandatory for all races: 15 minutes before each start
Start/Finish

Mt Seymour Resort, North Vancouver, BC

Awards

13:00 – 35km awards
14:00 – 50km solo awards
14:15 – 50km relay awards

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Details

AS Name Race Distance Distance to Next AS Cut Off (Time of Day) Cut Off (Race Time) Drop Bag Washroom
Start Enquist Lodge 0 6.5km Y
#1 Seymour 6.5km 6km N Y
#2 Mushroom 12.5km 11km N N
#3 Old Buck 23.5km 4km 15:00 7hrs N Y
#4 Mushroom 27.5km 7km 16:30 8.5hrs N N
Finish Enquist Lodge 35km 18:00 10hrs Finish Bag Y
 
Package Pickup:

Friday: 5:00pm – 8:00pm @ Valhalla Pure (North Van).

Saturday: 6:00am – 7:45am @ race start at Mt Seymour Resort (race morning)

ID MUST BE SHOWN TO PICKUP YOUR RACER PACKAGE. BIBS CANNOT BE PICKED UP BY ANYONE BUT THE REGISTERED RUNNER. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Parking:

There is plenty of free parking in the Mt Seymour parking lots. For a detailed explanation of your parking options, please check out this short video.

Aid Stations and Drop Bags:

All aid stations and drop bag locations are clearly displayed on the course map.

Our aid stations have all the good stuff: Näak gel, waffles, and energy drink, Coke, water, chips, fruit, cookies, M&Ms, watermelon, and pickles.

2 Person Relay:

50km total distance split via 25.0km and 25.3km legs:
25.0km leg is +878m / -1691m
25.3km leg is +1732m / -915m

*Relay teams must provide their own transport to and from the relay point. The nearest parking for relay runners is in the East Lynn Canyon lot across from the Homestead AS. Space will be limited, but there is additional parking at other nearby trailhead lots a short walk away. 

Mandatory Gear:

None

Poles:

Poles are allowed for both distances right from the start of the race.

Cupless:

In our effort to reduce waste, all our races are now cup-free, meaning you’ll need to pack along your own cup for fluids at aid stations and at the finish line. Here are two suggestions: a collapsible cup (available in our merch store), or a homemade version cutting the top off an empty juicebox.

Bag Check:

There will be a tent at the start/finish line to leave a bag, but it is not monitored so please label your bag and do not leave any valuables.

Dropping off your Drop Bags:

This is done by you on race morning. We will have a single clearly marked location at the race start for you to place your individual drop bag. We will provide duct tape and sharpies for you to clearly label you bag with your full name and your race bib number. Please keep drop bags to a reasonable size, usually the size of a shoe box, a shoe bag, a small backpack. Typical drop bag supplies would include spare gear / clothing / lube and some food items that you train with that you may not find at the aid stations, such as a specific drink mix or a brand of product that you prefer.

Please note that oversized drop bags will not be permitted and will be denied on site.

Please note that drop bags not claimed by you at the end of the weekend will be donated to charity or disposed of entirely. We will not be able to store or ship any drop bag supplies under any circumstances. Drop bags will return to the finish line immediately following the shutdown of each independent drop bag location.

Crew Access:

Please note this is strictly enforced and if your crew is spotted in a designated “non access point” you will face disqualification. The reason for “non access points” is a direct requirement of our event permits.

Crews are NOT ALLOWED at Old Buck aid station (AS5). Our permits no longer allow for this increased traffic to an area that simply cannot support it as far as parking and access goes. Crew and spectators are NOT ALLOWED at Old Buck aid station under any circumstance.

Crew and spectators ARE allowed at all other aid station locations, those include:

AS1 Mt Seymour

AS2 / 6 Mushroom – parking at Mushroom parking lot. DO NOT PARK ALONG MT SEYMOUR ROAD.

AS3 / 4 Homestead – parking at East Lynn Canyon lot across the road from Homestead AS (Clearwells parking lot)

Please note that crew members are not allowed access to any aid station supplies. Crews can crew for their runners just outside of the aid station area, but not more than 25 meters from the aid station. No runner is allowed outside support at any point other than the crew access points listed above.

Parking is very limited at each aid station, as these are all very busy access points on summer weekends. No parking allowed outside of actual parking stalls.

Beer Garden:

Our scenic Beer Garden at the start/finish at Mt Seymour Resort features Bridge Brewing products. Grab a cold one after your race and cheer on other finishers (cash and credit card sales). We’ll also have free samples of Athletic Brewing non-alcoholic product for runners and volunteers. Be sure to stick around after your race for post-race pizza, which is included in your entry fee.🍕

Awards / Results:

Awards will be presented for top three per gender, and top three teams in each relay category M/W/Mixed.

Age categories are distinguished in our online posted results, but we do not present age group awards.

All finishers (35K, 50K, relay) receive our unique, super amazing Buckin’ Hell medal! Yes, that’s a functioning bottle opener. With horns.

10 Essentials:

We encourage everyone to always carry the 10 Essentials for backcountry safety in your pack – whether you’re out training or adventuring on your own or with friends, or participating in one of our extensively marked races, you can never predict what might happen. Learn more about the 10 Essentials in this article by North Shore Rescue.

Buck Me, This Goat is Knackered

BC’s Ultimate Trail Trifecta.
Knee Knacker 30M (lottery) + Broken Goat 52k + Buckin’ Hell 50k.
Complete three of the province’s toughest 50km races, in back to back to back weekends. Yes, that’s 3 x 50km races in just 15 total days! 150 kilometres and almost 24,000ft / 7200m of climbing and descent. This challenge has a bite to it!

What do you get for this phenomenal accomplishment? Every finisher of the BMTGIK triple gets a beautiful collectors trophy by Aravaipa Artworx, and all finishers have their names and times engraved on our larger celebratory trophies (male & female), it’s kinda like our little version of the Stanley Cup.  Ya know you wanna!

Full BMTGIK details

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Results

Race results for all years are available below.
Race Results

Photos

Race day photos are available below:
Historic Photos

Register

SOLD OUT

All entries include:

  • $5 donation to North Shore Mountain Bike Association (CMTR has ‘adopted’ Bridle Path trail)
  • 1 tree planted per entry in partnership with a Fraser Valley reforestation program
  • Branded beer glass
  • Branded running gloves
  • Branded tote bag
  • Post-race pizza and sushi
  • Finisher medal
  • Race sticker
  • Professional chip timing
Distance CDN$ Race Cap
35 KM $95 SOLD OUT
50 KM $175 SOLD OUT
50 KM Relay $195 SOLD OUT

NOTE: UTMB points are no longer available at any CMTR events.