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JULY 8th, 2023

We have a new date and and a totally NEW venue for our  XTERRA Trail Run Race in 2023 and it is part of the XTERRA Trail Run World Series. 

Mark you calendars for July 8th, 2023. 

Your “Adventure Begins Here” at the base of the majestic Mount Currie. For 2023 we have two trail race offerings. For the adventurous, we have a 22km route that begins in the valley at the base of the Mckenzie trail network.

Runners will have a flat to undulating start before tackling a long climb trail. You will come out at the paraglide launch and beautiful views for a brief respite before heading uphill again into some beautiful forest aptly named Middle Earth. Then you descend all the way back to the valley. Stunning trails and views await you!

To add an extra element we are timing your first climb, and a segment of your descent. There will be prizes for the fastest ascent and fastest descent times. Will you risk blowing up, or your overall position by gunning for those sections? It will be exciting to see tactics play out!

Our trail half marathon is part of the XTERRA Trail Run World Series and thus has XTERRA Trail Run World Championship slots on offer. 

For those that aren’t up for a tough trail half marathon, we have a fun 9km course too. 


963m Ascent | 963m Descent 

Starting at Den Duyf Park runners will head to Pemberton Farm E Rd and run along the McKenzie basin access road before heading up Happy Trail. 

Happy Trail starts the timed uphill section. So for the climbers it’s your time to shine. At the top of Happy you take the Waco connector which gives a nice respite from the uphill grind until you hit Nimby and the grind resume. After Nimby you take Let it Go till you top out at the lower Paraglide Launch (you’ll be able to replenish yourself here). Now you only have one climb left through the stunning forest which Middle Earth climbs through. We don’t take it all the way to the top as we take a right on Rudy’s trail and start your flight down. The real leg shaking descent is yet to come on the timed downhill segment of Overnight Sensation (don’t miss the views of Mount Currie), runners then finish with Radio Tower and Waterfall (much less demanding then Overnight Sensation) before coming down Mckenzie FSR to the finish. It’s a ripper of a course.


261m Ascent | 261m Descent 

Starting at Den Duyf Park runners will head to Pemberton Farm E Rd and run along the McKenzie basin access road before heading up Happy Trail.

At the top of Happy you take the Waco connector before linking the fun flowy Radio Tower and Waterfall trails back to the finish line


Race Date: Saturday July 8th, 2023

Race Distance: 22k and 9k

Race Start:

  • 7:30am for 22k racers
  • 8:00am for 9k racers

Start | Finish Location:

Den Duyf Park, 2200 Sunstone Wy, Pemberton, BC V0N 2L3

Package Pickup

Saturday July 8th

  • 6:30-7:15am for 22K runners
  • 7:00-7:45am for 9K runners


Important Information

Please Note:

The trails will remain open to hikers and bikers during the race. It is your responsibility to keep your head up and give way where necessary. We have you running in the same direction the trail intended so you are going with the flow. 

The course will be well marked, but it is your responsibility to know the course. 

Getting to the Start Line:

The race start and finish is at Den Duyf Park, Pemberton, approximately 30 minutes north of Whistler, 90 minutes from Squamish and 2.5 hours from Vancouver. 

Stay on Hwy 99 passing the turn off for the Village of Pemberton and head towards Mt Currie/Lillooet and take a left turn on Pemberton Farm Rd E, follow for a few hundred meters and you’ll see event parking signs.

Race Briefing:

15 minutes before each race start time.

Event Parking:

You can park at the race start/ finish at Den Duyf Park 

Aid Stations:

25km Race;

There will be 3 x aid stations.

#1 On Waco connector before you head up Nimby Trail. Water only + LMNT electrolyte.

#2 At the Paraglide Launch which will have water, LMNT electrolyte, RedBull, Gels and Bars

#3 On the Connector trail after exiting Overnight Sensation. Water, LMNT electrolyte and gels.

The 9k Race;

There will be 1 x aid station.

#1 On Waco connector just before the Nimby trailhead. Water + LMNT electrolyte.

Aid stations are all cup less. So please bring your own or simply refill your water bottle.

Race Course:

22km (

9km (

Bag Check:

There will be a tent at the start | finish line to leave a bag. T


There will be porta potties at the start | finish line & there is a toilet at the paraglide launch. 


Poles are optional.


Low volume or one ear only. A lot of this trail is single track. You need to be aware of other runners wanting to pass, mountain bikers and wildlife! Pemberton is home to deer, bears and cougars. 

Cut Off Times

22km race – There is no cut off time, but this is a challenging course, so please come prepared. If you need to drop out please get to one of our course marshals and we can work on getting you back to the finish area. 

Essential to Carry

At this time nothing is mandatory to carry with you. Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, so please come to Pemberton prepared for anything! 


Each runner will have a timing chip attached to their race bib provided by Startline Timing. Bibs can be worn anywhere as long as they are visible during the race.


Dogs are not allowed to accompany runners on the course. Dogs on leash are allowed at race start and finish.


Will be free to download after the race for personal use. We endeavour to get photos of as many of you as possible.


Will be live and once we have the link we will post here and on the results page. 


22k race; 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male & Female. 1st Masters (50+) Male & Female.

9k race; 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male & Female. 

*1st Place overall male and female will be gifted a complimentary entry into XTERRA Trail Run Race 2024.

We will also have awards/prizes for the fastest male and females on the timed uphill, flat and downhill sections for the 22K. 

Apres: Immediately after the race at Den Duyf Park.


Yes please! We are always grateful and can’t host this race without them. Your supporters may be able to help out whilst waiting for you to finish! Please ask them to sign up here.


Is Now Open and closes July 5th @ Midnight or unless sold out prior.

22km registration fees:

  • March 4 – midnight March 31. $70
  • April 1 – midnight April 30. $85
  • May 1- race closed $100

9km registration fees:

  • March 4 – midnight March 31. $40
  • April 1 – midnight April 30. $50
  • May 1- race closed $60

Transfer/Deferral/Cancellation Policy:

Entries are non-refundable, no deferrals and there will be no race-day entries. If you cannot race we do allow transfer to another runner up until midnight June 23 for the cost of $10. Please email us or use the Transfer ability within your Race Roster Account.

You can drop down from the 22km to the 9km if done by midnight June 23rd. No exceptions. There is no reimbursement of the difference in cost.

In the event of cancellation of the event for reasons including, but not limited to, weather, forest fires, wildlife, acts of nature, war, strikes, Covid-19 Public Health Orders, or other circumstances, Endurance Specific Coaching | Events will provide a limited refund and discount towards the same event in the following year.

Thank you for your understanding and adherence to our race policies. We look forward to seeing you on race day.


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