Date: Saturday, April 8, 2023 (tentative)
Distance: 50km | Kids Race (~1km)
West coast rainforest trails and gravel service roads with “some roots, some rocks, some mud & some nice trail.”
Diez Vista is one of the most historic ultras in the country, running since 1997. Founded by local trail runners to showcase the trails and terrain around Port Moody, BC, the race has developed an incredibly loyal following, and has attracted some of the biggest names in ultra running over it’s storied history.
The race starts and finishes at Sasamat Lake in Belcarra Regional Park, and takes runners up and down (and up and down) the trails of neighbouring Buntzen Lake, including its namesake Diez Vistas trail. Runners experience over 1800 metres (6000 feet) of elevation gain & loss over roots, rocks, mud and some nice trail.
Normally selling out in under 4 hours, the DV 50K clearly has earned a place on many trail runners’ bucket lists.
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, and is available online, or on race morning. 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.
Ascent: over 1800 m / 6000 ft
Descent: over 1800 m / 6000 ft
View an interactive map with elevation profile below.
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.
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Saturday, April 8, 2023 (tentative)
|Distances:||50km, Kids' Race|
|Location:||Port Moody, BC|
Race starts - 8:00am
Kids race - 11:30am
|Pre-Race Briefing:||Mandatory pre-race briefing - 7:45am|
Please note that təmtəmíxʷtən/Belcarra Regional is now paid parking only, from April 1st - Sept 30th. For rates and details please click here.
- Fri pre-race @ Runners’ Den: 3:00 – 7:00pm
- Sat race day @ White Pine Beach (start line): 6:45 – 7:45am
ID MUST BE SHOWN TO PICKUP YOUR RACER PACKAGE. BIBS CANNOT BE PICKED UP BY ANYONE BUT THE REGISTERED RUNNER. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Start/Finish: White Pine Beach in Belcarra Regional Park, near Port Moody, BC
Parking: Parking at Sasamat Lake at White Pine Beach.
The usual ultra stuff will be available (Coke, water, Hammer gel, Heed electrolytes, fruit, pickles, nuts, chips, cookies). If you prefer something special, we suggest that you carry it with you or leave it in your drop bag.
|#1||DV Saddle (water only)||~ 8 km|
|#2||Buntzen North||~ 14 km|
|#3||Buntzen South Gazebo||~ 21 km|
|#4||Equestrian Lot||~ 31 km|
|#5||Eagle Mtn Rd||~ 37 km||3:00pm (7h00m)|
|#6||Powerhouse Rd||~ 44 km|
|Finish||White Pine Beach||~ 50 km|
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.
Cutoffs: AS #5: 3:00pm (7h00m)
Runners arriving at AS #5 after 3:00pm will be entered as DNF in the results and offered a ride back to Sasamat Lake.
Dropbags: will be available at AS #3
Course Record bonus! If either male or female course record is bettered we’ll pay out $500 to the winner who lowers the record. See course records listed on the results page.
We’re cupless! Disposable cups will not be available at Aid Stations, nor at the start/finish area. Please use your water bottle(s) for fluids on course, or cut the top off a juice box, or buy one of our cool collapsible cups!
Post Race: sushi and BBQ (including veggie options) for runners and volunteers at White Pine Beach. Bring your own lawn chair, plate & utensils. Alcohol is not permitted in Belcarra Regional Park.
Volunteers: We are very proud of our committed volunteers. Many volunteers have been involved in this run since its inception 20 years ago! Some volunteers will be on the course longer than the runners. Without volunteers, this run would not exist. Be very kind to them!! If you would like to join our volunteer squad, just click here!
Washrooms: Right at the start/ finish area at White Pine Beach; Buntzen South Aid Station #3; Pit Toilet at Equestrian Lot (AS #4)
Headphones: Allowed, but only at volume that allows you to remain aware of your surroundings. We prefer that you run with just one ear bud in, but if you use both, be sure you can hear other runners or wildlife behind you.
Poles, Pacers & Pets are not permitted. Leashed dogs are allowed at some of the aid stations where crew are acceptable (review where crew are and are not allowed). Dog are unfortunately NOT PERMITTED at the start - finish under any circumstances as per park rules. We have dogs ourselves, we love dogs, but we are tasked with enforcing these rules on race day.
Dropping Out: Runners who decide to withdraw from the race must report their decision to the nearest Aid Station Captain. Please do not go home without reporting that you have withdrawn.
There is no mandatory gear list for either distance.
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.
Spectators & Crew
Runners are allowed to see their crew ONLY at the following aid stations: #3 and #5
No outside assistance is allowed at any other aid station – runners will be disqualified for receiving outside assistance at any other point in the race. Due to the complexity of the course, we request that friends and family stay clear of the Water Station and AS #6. Please respect the fact that these are vitally important intersections and it would be far too easy for a runner to miss a critical turn if there are too many people congesting these areas.
Please ensure your crew check in at the AS and make themselves known. The AS captain will instruct your crew on where to situate themselves. Crew can ONLY assist runners within 30 meters of an aid station. Do not risk a DNF!
Consult the BC Hydro Buntzen Lake Trails brochure for all roads and trails in the area.
The small blue map on page one of the brochure shows how to get to the Buntzen Lake Park from Lougheed/Hwy 7. If you study the main map inset, you will see the main parking area. The beach area nearby has a “picnic shelter”. This is Aid Station #3 (21km for runners). Runners will be coming through here from 9:25am until 12:00pm.
If you want to see runners at the finish line, you need to drive to Sasamat Lake, which is about a 15-minute drive from Buntzen Lake. Sasamat Lake is shown on the small blue map on the brochure. It is not labelled but the road names are labelled. Sasamat is the small circular lake just southwest of Buntzen on that map.
Entry: $150 CDN
All entries include:
- $10 donation to Coquitlam Search & Rescue
- 2 trees planted per entry via earthday.org’s Canopy Project
- Custom DV hoodie for all runners!
- Branded beer glass
- Post-race BBQ, soup and sushi
- Branded DV shoe bag
- DV sticker
- Professional chip timing
Entry Limits and Rules: A maximum of 475 entries will be accepted.
There is no waitlist and no lottery. Entries are non-refundable and non-transferable, and there will be no race-day entries (no exceptions).