Despite having cancelled their fourth annual Elk Valley Ultra, Stag Leap Running Co. encourages locals to hit the trails with virtual races and a socially distant running club.
Following 12 weeks of virtual challenges in the spring, Stag Leap eagerly jumped at the opportunity to restart their Thursday Run Club once restrictions loosened.
“Running solo is great and definitely serves a purpose, but finding motivation and enjoyment in the company of others while simultaneously enjoying quality trail time is really beneficial, whether discovering new routes or finding new buddies to run with,” said Abi Moore, co-operator of Stag Leap.
The club meets at varying locations each Thursday at 6 p.m. Information on the location of each week’s run is posted to the Stag Leap Facebook group and Instagram feed prior to the event.
Though the club primarily operates for intermediate to advanced runners, all attendees run as a supportive group, enjoying each other’s company on the trails. Following the work out, participants meet for an après at one of Fernie’s restaurants, following distancing guidelines.
It’s free to join the Thursday Run Club, but Stag Leap asks that all runners have a Fernie Trails Pass or a Fernie Mountain Bike Club membership in order to participate.
Stag Leap is also encouraging local runners to participate in the virtual Under Armour TransRockies Run. Starting on August 3, runners have 15 days to complete either 60 or 120 miles, while recording their data to be fed into a tracking system and ranked against other runners.
“The race is super easy, entirely on your own terms, and a good incentive to get running,” said Moore. “Run the whole thing solo and enjoy some me time, or persuade a friend to sign up.”
Participants receive daily prizes, a free entry to upcoming races, and a hand crafted belt buckle from Elevation Culture. Participating Stag Leap Run Club members are also eligible to win Fernie Brewing Co. gift certificates.
For more information on Stag Leap’s events, visit their website at Stagleaprunning.com.