Survival of the Fittest
Date: May 11, 2024
Distances: 18KM, 35KM, Kids Race
A fantastic loop from the incredibly scenic Capilano (formerly Quest) University lands in Squamish, BC. With a generous mix of climbing, descending, runnable and technical, these courses have it all. Views across the valley at the dominant Tantalus Mountain Range are presented via both distances.
Our 18 km option has seen all of the top local talent race it over the years, and as such the course records are incredibly stout. Our 35 km option has become an early season favourite for those pursuing longer distances with their summer running goals. The courses both include local classics such as Legacy and Megacy, STP, Somewhere Over There, Hoods In The Woods, and Blaine’s Connector, all hemmed in between our two bridge crossings over Darwin’s and Carpenter’s Son. Revel in the theory of evolution as you cross Darwin’s early on, and test your faith above the rapids on Carpenter’s Son near the end.
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 and finisher stickers to collect. Adults are welcome to run with their kids.
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: 1050m / 3400ft
Descent: 1050m / 3400ft
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9:00am - 35km
9:30am - 18km
Capilano University (formerly Quest)
Upper campus area (between the library and cafeteria)
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Friday: 4:00pm – 7:00pm @ Escape Route (Squamish)
Saturday: 7:30am – 9:15am at our race start
ID MUST BE SHOWN TO PICKUP YOUR RACER PACKAGE. BIBS CANNOT BE PICKED UP BY ANYONE BUT THE REGISTERED RUNNER. NO EXCEPTIONS.
All public parking areas around Capilano U (formerly Quest) are available on race weekend, including the tennis court, recplex, and gravel lot at the roundabout, and Village and Mamquam roads. As always, we encourage carpooling and other alternate means of transport to reduce congestion.
18 km – 1 Aid Station at 9km
35 km – 3 Aid Stations at 5, 17 and 28km (2 unique Aid Stations, one that is visited twice at 5km and 17km, and the other at 28km)
NOTE: Aid Stations are OFF LIMITS to crew and spectators as they are located in high traffic FSR areas. Our permits these areas require that we keep these areas congestion free, and runners who have people breaking these rules will be disqualified.
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.
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.
Hiking / trekking / running poles are NOT ALLOWED in any distances at SOTF.
- 12:15pm / 3.25hrs into your run. AS 2 (Garibaldi Park Rd crossing, second time). Km17.
- 3:15pm / 6.25hrs into your run. AS 3 (Ring Creek FSR crossing). Km28.
- 4:30pm / 7.5hrs into your run. Finish Line.
- 12:15pm / 2.75hrs into your run. AS 1 (Garibaldi Park Rd crossing). Km9.
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.
All entries include:
- $5 donation to Squamish Search & Rescue
- 1 tree planted per entry in partnership with a Fraser Valley reforestation program
- Branded beer glass
- Post-race sushi
- Branded tote bag
- Race sticker
- Professional chip timing