Conquer the Vedder

Saturday, May 25th
Solo multi-sport (SUP-RIDE-RUN or PADDLE-RIDE-RUN)
Solo 15km run
Sunday, May 26th
Relay teams of 3, (SUP-RIDE-RUN) one person per discipline
Registration Now Open

Overview

Cultus Lake and Vedder Mountain offer unparalleled trail and water access. There are hundreds of kilometers of singletrack trails all over Vedder Mountain, and Cultus Lake is a favourite summer destination for watersport lovers.

  • Courses are entirely flagged, no navigation needed, no maps or compasses provided. Follow the flagging, start to finish.
  • SUP only on Sunday’s Relay event. New for 2024, two options for the Saturday Solo multi-sport event: SUP only and Open Water category (includes kayaks, canoes, surf-skis etc)
  • Mountain bikes are allowed, but gravel and cyclocross bikes are more efficient for the experienced rider over these courses. The course is steep at the beginning and end, while fast and flat’ish in the middle. An inexperienced rider may prefer a mountain bike, which has a friendlier gearing ratio for the steep climbs, and a less aggressive seating position for the downhills as well, especially if there’s a dropper post. Using a mountain bike will place most experienced riders at a time disadvantage, however, the bike course has a few steep uphill sections off the start (you can expect a few short hike-a-bikes if you’re not super experienced), and a few steep downhill sections into the finish (nothing crazy, we promise). A gravel bike IS faster, but some people may be more comfortable on a mountain bike. Any non-motorized off-road pedal bike is allowed.
  • Winning times from 2023 were 3h44m for the solo race and 3h24m for the relay race.
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We acknowledge that we are gathering on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the Pilalt and Ts'elxwéyeqw Tribes of the Stó:lō Coast Salish Peoples.

Course

Choose between two solo multi-sport options, the first using SUPs only, the second using any paddle watercraft (kayaks etc) with a longer water stage. On Saturday you can also do a 15km solo run.

15km Run

15km Trail run, start and finish at Smith Falls Campground. Solo Run map.
Ascent: 650m / 2130ft
Descent: 650m / 2130ft

A fantastic figure eight style run, beginning and ending on the Cultus lakefront at the Smith Falls campground. With a burly elevation profile you’ll get a full taste of Vedder Mountain’s famous trail network. Thankfully, you conquer all the climbing on the front half of your run, and then it’s all downhill to the finish on the back half… hey, that’s a first for us. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Maybe we’ll have to find one more hill for you to climb before the finish line though? 🙂 Enjoy a dip in the lake post race as the summer sun shines bright and warm in late May in Chilliwack.

Download the Solo Run GPX file here.

Solo Multi-sport Categories

SUP – Ride – Run – Ride
(48 kms total)

Open Water – Ride – Run – Ride
(51 kms total)

Stage 1: 6km SUP on Cultus Lake, start and finish at Smith Falls Campground.
GPX file | Strava route
Stage 1: 9km open water paddle on Cultus Lake, start and finish at Smith Falls Campground. Stage 1 map.
Stage 2: 15km off-road bike from Smith Falls up Vedder Mountain via a mix of rideable singletrack and the Vedder Mountain Service Road.
Ascent: 580m / 1900ft
Descent: 157m / 515ft
GPX file | Strava route
Stage 3: 12km Trail run, up and over Vedder Mountain.
Ascent: 535m / 1755ft
Descent: 535m / 1755ft
GPX file | Strava route
Stage 4: 15km off-road bike back down Vedder Mountain to the finish line at Smith Falls Campground. ​
Ascent: 157m / 515ft
Descent: 580m / 1900ft
GPX file | Strava route
Course Maps
View an image of the solo SUP category multi-sport course map below. You can click the image to open a larger file in a new tab, or download onto your mobile device.
Course Maps
View an image of the solo open water category multi-sport course map below. You can click the image to open a larger file in a new tab, or download onto your mobile device.

 

Schedule

Date:

Saturday, May 25th
Solo multi-sport (SUP-RIDE-RUN or PADDLE-RIDE-RUN)
Solo 15km run
Sunday, May 26th
Relay teams of 3, (SUP-RIDE-RUN) one person per discipline

Distances:

Saturday
Solo run: 15km
Solo multi-sport (SUP / Off-road Biking / Trail Running): 48km total
Solo multi-sport (Paddle / Off-road Biking / Trail Running): 51km total
Sunday
Multi-sport relay (Teams of 3)
SUP: 6km / Off-road Biking: 32km / Trail Running: 15km

Location:

Smith Falls Campground, Cultus Lake, BC

Start Times:

Saturday
8:00am: Solo multi-sport (SUP Category)
8:30am: Solo multi-sport (Open Water Category)
9:00am: 15km run
Sunday
8:00am: Relay multi-sport

Pre-Race Briefing:

Mandatory each day: 15 minutes before start
Disciplines:

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) / Open Water Category / Gravel OR Mountain Bike / Trail Running

  • SUP only on Sunday’s relay and in Saturday’s SUP solo multi-sport category. In these events, no kayaks, canoes or surf-skis allowed.
  • In Saturday’s Open Water multi-sport category event, any self-propelled watercraft is allowed (no sails permitted).
  • Mountain bikes are allowed, but gravel and cyclocross bikes are more efficient for the experienced rider over these courses. The course is steep at the beginning and end, while fast and flat’ish in the middle. An inexperienced rider may prefer a mountain bike, which has a friendlier gearing ratio for the steep climbs, and a less aggressive seating position for the downhills as well, especially if there’s a dropper post. Using a mountain bike will place most experienced riders at a time disadvantage, however, the bike course has a few steep uphill sections off the start (you can expect a few short hike-a-bikes if you’re not super experienced), and a few steep downhill sections into the finish (nothing crazy, we promise). A gravel bike IS faster, but some people may be more comfortable on a mountain bike. Any non-motorized off-road pedal bike is allowed.
Cutoffs:

Solo Multi-sport (SUP): 8.5 hours
Solo Multi-sport (Open Water): 8 hours
Relay: 7.5 hours
15km Run: 5hr

Package Pickup:

Friday: 4:00pm – 7:00pm (solo only) at race start
Saturday: 5:30am – 7:00am (solo only) at race start (15km runners have until 8:30am)
Saturday: 3:00pm – 6:30pm at race start
Sunday: 5:30am – 7:00am at race start

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

Rules and Gear

You must provide all your own gear for each stage of the race. We do not provide watercrafts, paddleboards or bikes. There will be a water station set up at each discipline transition area.

Standup Paddleboarding:

  • Standup Paddleboards only on Sunday’s relay event! No kayaks, no surf-skis, no swimming, no prone paddleboarding.
  • Only single blade SUP paddles allowed. No kayak paddles or double-bladed paddles allowed.
  • Coast Guard OR Transport Canada Approved PFD or life jacket (type III or better) OR self-inflating belt style life preserver. These must be worn at all times while on the water. You are not allowed to simply attach your life jacket or self-inflating belt to your board while paddling, it must be worn upon your body at all times while on the water.
  • Whistle. Must be attached to you and within easy reach.
  • Leash. You must be leashed to your SUP at all times while on the water.
  • No kites or board alterations of any type allowed. It’s your arms, your lungs, your SUP, and your single blade paddle; anything else will get you disqualified.
  • You are allowed to use a sit down back support for your SUP board if you like, but you are still only allowed a single blade paddle.
  • Once off the water, you must transport your SUP gear to the approved holding area, as directed by our course marshals. Any boards strewn about and not following the course marshals’ directions shall see the person and/or team disqualified.

Open Water Paddling:

  • Any self-propelled watercraft – ONLY for Saturday’s Solo open water category!
  • No sails allowed. It’s your arms, your lungs, your watercraft, and your paddle; anything else will get you disqualified.
  • Coast Guard OR Transport Canada Approved PFD or life jacket (type III or better) OR self-inflating belt style life preserver. These must be worn at all times while on the water. You are not allowed to simply attach your life jacket or self-inflating belt to your watercraft while paddling, it must be worn upon your body at all times while on the water.
  • Whistle. Must be attached to you and within easy reach.
  • Once off the water, you must transport your watercraft and gear to the approved holding area, as directed by our course marshals. Any watercraft strewn about and not following the course marshals’ directions shall see the person disqualified.

Off-Road Biking:

  • Gravel bike, cyclocross bike, or mountain bike, in good working order.
  • NO e-bikes allowed. No motors or assistance of any type allowed. It’s your legs and the pedals; anything more will get you disqualified.
  • Bike helmet (certified CSA or equivalent).
  • Solo racers must transport their running shoes throughout the course. The run stage is in the middle of the bike stage. We recommend a backpack or attaching the shoes to your handlebars with ski straps. Practice before race weekend.
  • Solo racers can leave all bike supplies with their bike while out on the run stage. Once you depart the bike stage for the finish line, you must carry everything back. Leaving gear out on course will result in a disqualification.

Trail Run:

  • No course cutting, no switchback cutting. Follow the flagging exactly as it is laid out. Course cutting and/or switchback cutting will get you, you guessed it, disqualified!
  • Solo competitors can leave all their bike supplies with their bikes while they are out on the run stage.
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Details

Start/Finish:

Smith Falls (West Side) BC Parks group camp sites at the end of Parmenter Road.

  • Watercraft and bikes have to be dropped off either the night prior (security provided) or by 6:45am (hard cut) on race morning.
  • Crew, family, or friends can walk to and from the start/finish, or use the regular shuttle service.
  • Road access to the start/finish will only be granted for these specific windows of time:
    Friday 4pm – 7:00pm (solo competitors drop off)
    Saturday 5:15am – 6:45am (solo competitors drop off)
    Saturday 3pm – 6:30pm (solo pickup and relay drop off)
    Sunday 5:15am – 6:45am (relay drop off)
    Sunday 3pm – 6pm (relay pickup)
Accommodations:

Find hotels, cabins and camping options near Cultus Lake.

Watercraft Rentals:

Find paddleboard rental options all across the lower mainland.
Watercraft rental options for the open water solo category coming soon.

Parking & Buses:

Cultus Lake pay parking Lot D (behind the Cultus Lake Waterpark). No parking is available at the start/finish. Shuttle services will be provided at no cost between the parking area and the start/finish on the following schedule each day:

  • 5:30am departing from Lot D, and every 30 mins (10 min trip to the start/finish).
  • 8:30am last drop off at Lot D.
  • 8:30am – 2:00pm shuttles by request.
  • 2:00pm departing from the start/finish, and every 30 mins (10 min trip to Lot D).
  • 5:00pm last departure from the start/finish.
Water Stations:

There will be a water station set up at each discipline transition area. One water station will be provided on course for solos, at the bike to run to bike transition area. For the relay, there will be one water station on course, at the bike turnaround point. There will be one water station provided for the solo 15km run.

Bag Check:

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

Cupless:

In our effort to reduce waste, all our races are cup-free, meaning you’ll need to pack along your own cup for water stations.

Poles:

Hiking / trekking / running poles are NOT ALLOWED in any disciplines.

Cutoffs:

Solo Multi-sport (SUP): 8.5 hours
Solo Multi-sport (Open Water): 8 hours
Relay: 7.5 hours
15km Run: 5hr

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.

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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

Registration Now Open

Included with Registration:

  1. $5 donation per participant to local trails through the Vedder Mountain Trails Association and the Fraser Valley Mountain Bikers Association.
  2. 1 tree planted per participant (x3 for relay teams) in partnership with a Fraser Valley reforestation program
  3. CTV branded shirt, high quality cotton/poly blend (x3 for relay teams)
  4. CTV branded beer glass (x3 for relay teams)
  5. CTV branded tote bag (x3 for relay teams)
  6. CTV branded sticker (x3 for relay teams)
  7. CTV branded finisher medal (x3 for relay teams)
  8. Finish Line BBQ and social area
Discipline Entry (CDN$) Cap
Solo SUP category $195 50
Solo Open Water category $195 50
Relay (Teams of 3) $375 50
15K Trail Run $75 250