September 9th - 10th, 2023
Date: Sept 9-10, 2023
Distance: 102 km / 63 miles
Ascent: 6,158 m / 20,203 ft
Descent: 5,992 m / 19,658 ft
Lookout kid, there’s a brand new 100K sheriff in town. We think you’re gonna like this course, because it fully maximizes the time you’ll be spending in Whistler’s alpine terrain. No matter your speed or pace, you’ll get to frolic along the tops of both Blackcomb and Whistler mountains. With any luck, you’ll have views that’ll have you writing home to mom, and blowing up those post-race photos to hang above your fireplace.
Runners start near the Riverside Resort and begin their pre-dawn ascent of Blackcomb Mountain. The Quickie McQuickersons might top out for sunrise, while the rest of you will get to remove your headlamps somewhere along the climb to the top. After completing your first of three major climbs you get to test your quads while running down the Blackcomb Ascent Trail. No matter your speed or pace, you’ll get to frolic along the tops of both Blackcomb and Whistler mountains during daylight hours.
Next up is Singing Pass and Whistler Mountain. Epic views await once more as you grind it out to your second 2000 meter pass of the day. The descent off the far side of Whistler takes you down the leg buckling Khyber Pass area.
The low point of the course awaits, hopefully only literally, as you circumnavigate the Cheakamus Canyon area through the Crater Rim Trail, past Logger’s Lake, and across a bouncy suspension bridge. Fun! Take your time at aid station six as it’s a grind and a half getting back up Whistler Mountain via the aforementioned Khyber Pass. Once you eventually top out, it’s all but downhill, hopefully only literally, all the way to the finish, minus the last bump in the course, of course…which’ll give you just enough reason to finally curse at those damn race directors for creating a beast of a challenge, with a beauty of a reward.
View an interactive map with elevation profile below.
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. Caution - HUGE file!
Race Day Schedule
|Date:||Sept 9-10, 2023|
|Start Line:||Near Riverside Resort|
|Finish Line:||Base 2, Blackcomb Mountain|
- Please note that the WAM races are sharing the weekend with the GranFondo road biking event. Whistler will be busy and accommodations will be at a premium, so please ensure you book something asap.
- Also, highway closures will be in place on the Saturday, as per GranFondo race details. Travel into Whistler on this specific single date, from Vancouver and Squamish, will not be possible in the morning. As such, all runners lining up for a Saturday start are advised to arrive to Whistler no later than the day before, on Friday.
- North bound highway closures are only in place on the Saturday into the early afternoon. Full highway access is available again by Saturday evening.
- All WAM courses have been designed to alleviate crossover traffic with the GranFondo as much as possible throughout race weekend.
Please see full 100 km details in the table below. On a mobile or smaller screen? This table scrolls!
|AS#||Location||Total kms||Split kms||Elevation Splits||Drop Bags?||Crew?||Toilet?||Cut Off Time||Cut Off Hrs|
|2||7th Heaven||23.5||6.5||+ 107m
|3||Base 2||30||20||+ 1742m
|FINISH||Base 2||100||-||-||Y||Y||Y||11:00 SUN||30|
Aid Stations, Drop Bags and Finish Line Bags
All races will have finish line bags, which will be under a tent which is not monitored so please label your bag and do not leave any valuables.
100k drop bags at:
AS #3 at Base 2 (30k)
AS #5 at Kashmir (58.5k)
AS #6 at Kashmir (72.5K)
*drop bags can only be the size of a shoe bag or backpack or duffle of 25 liters capacity or less. Anything larger than this will be denied at race check in.
30K – Aid Station 3 (Base 2): 9 hours
72.5K – Aid Station 6 (Kashmir): 21.5 hours
100K – Finish (Base 2, Blackcomb Mtn): 30 hours (11:00am Sunday)
Parking & Buses
There is NO PARKING available at the start line of the 100km. Runners may be dropped off, but your driver cannot park or stay for the start.
Buses will depart from Lot 7, adjacent to the Finish Line, at 4:00 and 4:20. Plenty of parking is available. Travel time is about 12 minutes.
Bus tickets are available for $5 in our Merch Store on Race Roster, for runners and spectators. Tickets will be in your racer bag, but each bus captain will also have a list to check everyone in.
The last bus will wait to take spectators back to Lot 7, and will depart 10 minutes after the start.
Crew, Poles, No Pacers
Crew Accessible Aid Stations:
AS3 (30K) – Base 2. Please see here for crew directions to base 2.
Crew are NOT ALLOWED anywhere else along the course. We are sharing this weekend with the Grand Fondo bike race, and as such Saturday in particular will be quite busy with many local road closures. As a part of our permit agreement, we are not allowed to direct traffic into the Cheakamus Canyon area on race day. Anyone caught attempting to see and support their runner through these areas will see the runner disqualified as this will negatively impact our abilities to renew our permits going forward.
Pacers are NOT allowed in any distance due to permitting restrictions.
Poles ARE allowed for this event. Please be careful and aware of other runners, and those who are immediately behind you.
Mandatory Gear List
Gear checks will be staged throughout the course, and any runner failing to produce a piece of mandatory gear shall receive a 1 hour time penalty, per piece of missing gear, per gear check. (If you cross the finish line in 27h01 and have been assessed 3 hours in time penalties, your subsequent finish time will be 30h01 and you will officially become a DNF.) Mandatory gear is mandatory at all times..
a) waterproof breathable hooded jacket
b) emergency bivy (space blankets do not count)
e) toque or buff
f) full length pants or tights (it counts if you’re wearing them)
g) long sleeve shirt (arm sleeves do not count, but it does count if you’re wearing the long-sleeved shirt)
h) headlamp (at least 100 lumens)
Due to concerns over Covid and some public gatherings, we will not be enforcing a trail work mandate for 2022. We do request that you attempt to support your local trail organizations both physically and financially wherever possible though.
Local trail organizations have a regular schedule of trail work times. For more info and to sign up, visit:
There are no physical prerequisites to register for any of our race distances. We trust that you’ve done at least some research and that you know what you’re getting into, and if you haven’t done your research and the proper training you really won’t last long on any of these routes anyways. The 100K and 100 mile races in particular should not be your first stab at these distances, but that won’t stop many of you from trying, and there’s nothing to say that a newbie couldn’t finish these distances assuming that person respects the distance and performs the necessary training in the year leading up to the race. If you plan to wing it and somehow believe you can just get through these courses on a whim, on grit alone, then you’re just throwing your hard-earned money away, and we’ll happily take that hard earned moula and sincerely wish you nothing but the best out there.
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.
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.
For this race, we will have paper cups for soup for the longer distance Aid Stations.
The WAM 100K race will be an Index Qualifier for UTMB.
|Distance||Jan 2023||June 1||Race Cap|
|100 KM||$295 CDN (~$220 USD)||$350 CDN (~$260 USD)||225|
- Anyone dropping out up to and including June 1 will receive a 50% refund of entry fees.
- You can move down in distance, but not up in distance. No credit is provided for the difference in entry fee.