Ascent Race


Ascent Race

Friday September 8th, 2023

Date: Fri, Sept 9, 2022
Distance: 5.75km / 3.5 miles
Ascent: 1,200 m / 4,000 ft
Descent: NONE



This ascent race is pure uphill, all the way, start to finish.

You do not get a break, you do not get to run downhill at any point along the entire route! This is a sustained climb of 1200 meters / 4000 feet, over a distance of just 5.75 km / 3.5 miles. What does that all that mean? A world of hurt, that’s what!

The climb up Blackcomb will make you question your life choices, even as you proceed through impressively large trees nestled into a tranquil moss blanketed forest. It will certainly be difficult to appreciate the beauty of it all as you’re struggling to keep your heart rate below 200.

Once you cross the finish line you’ll receive a highly coveted Ascent Race finisher medal, and bragging rights to completing one of the harder ascent races you’re bound to come across. The race concludes at the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain, where you can sit and enjoy a beer and some eats after your hard effort, having run straight up the mountain. Thankfully the views from the finish area are spectacular and you’ll enjoy them more than ever, after your heartrate drops back down below 200 that is. Once you’re satiated, on food and views, enjoy the Blackcomb Gondola all the way back down to Whistler Village. *Gondola passes are not included with race entry*

Did you sign up for the Triple WAMMY!? You may be starting to regret that decision as you soak in the views over all of Whistler from what feels like the absolute top of the world.


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Race Day Schedule

Date: Sept 8, 2023
Location: Whistler, BC
Start Time:



2.5 hours

Start Line: Merlin’s (Blackcomb Base)
Finish Line: Rendezvous Lodge, Blackcomb Mountain

​Package Pickup:

Thursday: 4:00-9:00pm @ Salomon Store, Whistler
Friday: 9:00-9:45am @ Ascent start line (near Merlin's)

  • 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 Ascent Race details in the table below. On a mobile or smaller screen? This table scrolls! Or if you prefer you can download a copy here.

AS# Location Total kms Split kms Drop Bags? Crew? Toilet? Cut Off Time Cut Off Hrs
START Merlin's 0 2.8 - - Y - -
Mid Station 2.8 2.95 N N N - -
FINISH Rendezvous 5.75 - Y Y Y 12:30 2.5

​Aid Stations, Drop Bag and Finish Line Bags

There will be NO aid stations on this course - please be prepared with adequate nutrition and hydration.

This race has the option for a small finish line bag, which will be collected at the start, transported to the top, and stored at the finish under a tent which is not monitored so please label your bag and do not leave any valuables.


Finish (Rendezvous Lodge): 2h30m (12:30pm Fri)

​Crew, Poles, No Pacers

Crew Accessibility: Crew / friends / family are allowed to make their way up Blackcomb Mountain, either via hiking or taking the gondola from the village. Please see here for crew directions to the finish.

    Pacers are NOT allowed in any distance, including the 100 miler, 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

    No bus transport required for the Ascent Race.
    All Ascent Race participants will park in the paid Whistler day lot parking areas. Options for parking include lots 1-2-3 (more expensive but closer) and lot 5 (cheaper but further away). See this map for day lot locations. The Ascent Race starts near Merlin's, at the base of the "Blackcomb Mountain Gondola" which is 300 meters from Day Lot 1/2 and ~1km from Day Lot 5.

    Registration Prerequisites

    Ascent Race: none

    ​Mandatory Gear List

    Ascent Race: No mandatory gear is needed for this event.

    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.


    Get an inside look at the Ascent race in the gallery below:



    Distance Jan 2023 June 1 Race Cap
    Ascent Race $75 CDN (~$55 USD) $85 CDN (~$65 USD) 175
    • 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.