- Official Hardrock Qualifier -
September 8th - 10th, 2023
Date: Sept 8-10, 2023
Distance: 161 km / 100 miles
Ascent: 9,050 m / 29,700 ft
Descent: 8,920 m / 29,250 ft
161 kilometers of incredible terrain, up and down the two major mountains on the east side of the Whistler valley, twice! All while covering 9050 meters (29,700 feet) of climbing and 8920 meters (29,250 feet) of descent, and skirting no fewer than a half dozen alpine lakes along the way, including Jane, Jake, Logger’s, Cheakamus, and more. We’ve even thrown in a suspension bridge crossing for good measure.
The course is absolutely littered with glacial snow-capped peaks as far as the eye can see, with straight shot, up close views over the jagged formations of Black Tusk, Rainbow, Wedge, Whistler, Garibaldi, Fissile, Blackcomb, Overlord, and on, and on. This scenery through the alpine rivals that of the great races in the European Alps.
This race is an absolute beast for runners to conquer and even with a seemingly generous 48-hour cutoff in place, more than a few people won’t even come close, oh and by the way, you’re not allowed a pacer. This is a graduate level race, so buckle up cause this is a journey you won’t soon forget.
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. Warning - large file!!
Race Day Schedule
|Date:||Sept 8-10, 2023|
|Start Line:||Near Riverside Resort|
|Finish Line:||Base 2, Blackcomb Mountain|
Thursday: 4:00-9:00pm @ Salomon Store, Whistler
Friday: 6:00-6:45am @ 100mile start line (near Riverside Resort)
- 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 mile 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|
|FINISH||Base 2||161||-||-||Y||Y||Y||07:00 SUN||48|
Aid Stations, Drop Bag 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.
100 mile Aid Stations: there are a total of 13 aid stations in the 100 mile race (as shown on the course map).
100 mile drop bags are allowed at:
AS #3/#12 at "Base 2"
AS #5/#10 at "Kashmir"
*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.
Our aid stations feature all the good stuff courtesy of Nesters Market & Hammer: water, Hammer gel, Heed electrolyte, Coke, chips, fruit, nuts, cookies, soup, pickles, bacon, sandwiches, vegan options and other hot items, unique to each aid station. Some will have pizza, some will have french fries, some will have pancakes, all will attempt to have coffee.
30k – Aid Station 3 (Base 2): 9 hours
80k – Aid Station 7 (LSD): 23 hours
90k – Aid Station 8 (LSD): 26.5 hours
103k – Aid Station 9 (Jane): 31.25 hours
109.5k – Aid Station 10 (Kashmir): 33.75 hours
138k – Aid Station 12 (Base 2): 44 hours
144.5k – Aid Station 13 (7th Heaven): 46 hours
161k – Finish (Base 2, Blackcomb Mtn): 48 hours (07:00am Sunday)
Crew, Poles, No Pacers
Crew Accessible Aid Stations:
- AS #3/#12 at Base 2. Please see here for crew directions to Base 2.
- AS #6/#9 at Jane. Please note that from 11:00am to 2:30pm access into Jane Lakes will be delayed due to the GranFondo bike race road closures. You can still access Jane Lakes to crew your runner, but please anticipate delay times of up to 15 plus minutes to turn off the highway. Please see here for crew directions to Jane.
*We are sharing racing weekend with the Gran Fondo bike race. Town will be busy and some roads will be closed throughout Saturday in particular. These are the only crew accessible locations we can provide. Anyone attempting to access their runners outside of these points will see their runner disqualified for outside assistance.
Pacers are NOT allowed in any distance, including the 100 mile 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.
Parking & Buses
There is NO PARKING available at the start line of the 100mile. 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 6:00 and 6:20am. 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.
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.
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.
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 45h01 and have been assessed 3 hours in time penalties, your subsequent finish time will be 48h01 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)
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 2022 WAM 100M race is an official qualifier for the Hardrock 100.
Hardrock qualifiers are good for two years after completion. Completing WAM in 2022 allows for HR tickets in both the 2023 and 2024 lotteries.
For more information on the Hardrock 100, please click here.
The WAM 100m race will be an Index Qualifier for UTMB 100m.
|Distance||Jan 2023||June 1||Race Cap|
|100m||$395 CDN (~$290 USD)||$450 CDN (~$330 USD)||200|
- 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.