Valley Vertikiller Trail Race - Saturday, October 7, 2023Valley Vertikiller is a challenging trail race showcasing the beautiful trail network on Teq’qéyex (Sumas Mountain), which stands on the traditional, ancestral and unceeded territory of the Sema:th (Sumas) First Nation. All the Valley Vertikiller race distances feature singletrack trails of varied technicality through towering forest offering stunning views of the Fraser Valley.
Registration is now open!
Join us on Saturday, September 23 for a look at what you're going to encounter on race day! We will offer either the 20k or 30k route as well as the 10k route, depending on who is able to come out. Meet at the Start line location, which is the lower parking lot of Sumas Mountain Regional Park at 8:30am, and we will head out onto the trails!
New this year we will feature a kids race for our younger participants who are not ready to tackle a 10 k. The race route will be approx. 1 km long and will follow the first small loop of the 10 k Verticuddler race. Sign up on race morning in the registration tent!
Valley Vertikiller offers three loop courses (10k, 20k, 30k), making the race fast and flowy. With the majority of the course on singletrack trails, this race will definitely test your skills.
The 30K is a killer, with nearly 1,600m of elevation gain. It features a grueling ascent up to the peak of Sumas Mountain, followed by a flowy and technical descent. Runners will pass around picturesque Chadsey Lake, past raging creeks and up and down technical single-track trails. There are several amazing view points, including an aid station at the Eastern Lookout. This course is difficult and will definitely test your skills.
The 30k distance offers a team option, where members can total the finish times of their top 5 runners and compete against other groups for the title of Top Team, including their name on the team trophy and special prizing. Teams could be from a running club, workplace or any other group.
The 20K is a vertical beast with 1,100m elevation gain. It follows much of the same route as the 30k route, passing Chadsey lake and up to the summit of Sumas Mountain. There are several amazing view points, including an aid station at the Eastern Lookout. Most of the course is on technical single-track trails; as such it will challenge your endurance and skills as a runner.
The 10km 'Cuddler is a flowy and fun route with just shy of 400m elevation gain. Again, mostly run on technical single-track trails, the Verticuddler is still gives you a taste of it all - elevation gain, beautiful forest views, and the Verticuddler bear cheering you on, without the ascent to the peak!
All distances feature well-stocked aid stations on course, fully catered finish line food, and custom racer hat by Territory Run Co., as well as podium prizing for top 3 finishers and draw prizes.