Fernie Alpine Resort began two race series this past week. File Photo

Fernie Alpine Resort began two race series this past week. File Photo

Summer races kick off at Fernie Alpine Resort

FAR jumps into their summer programming with mountain biking and trail running races

Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) jumped into their summer programs with two races this past week.

Bringing back their popular SCOTT Thursday Night Race Series, mountain bike racers explore a variety of FAR’s trails every Thursday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. Courses are revealed on race day, with last week’s race held on Hollow Tree. Competitors accumulate points throughout the races, with series champions awarded at the final race on September 3.

FAR also kicked off the first race of their North Face Trail Race Series on July 7. The three part series is open to all trail runners, with routes progressing in difficulty throughout the summer. The most recent race was roughly four kilometres long, with the following two set to be approximately six kilometres, and eight kilometres in length. The races are held on the first Tuesday of each month. All races are timed and scored, with awards given to the top three finishers in each category at the final race in September. Minimum racer age is eight years old, however those 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

“Both the SCOTT Thursday Night Race Series and the North Face Trail Running Series are grassroots events, based on participation and fun,” said Karen Pepper, marketing manager for FAR. “The race environment is supportive and builds tons of camaraderie between the participants, with the older, more experienced racers encouraging the younger ones, and families participating together. Ultimately, our race series’ are fun and relaxed events, a great way to challenge yourself in a really supportive atmosphere.”

Adding to the fun, each week the races finish with socially distanced refreshments on the patio at Legends Mountain Eatery, where organizers draw prizes for the participants while racers celebrate their achievements.

Accommodating for COVID-19 regulations, both races have staggered start times to prevent crowding at starting lines, with only race officials and competitors permitted in the area. Marshals are also present at the events to control crowds, with all event staff wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. To stay under the 50 person gathering limit, post race refreshments are limited to competitors only, and will follow regulations set out by the restaurant. To lessen contact points, registration is both limited and completed online via FAR’s website, closing at 6 p.m. on race day.

Entry is $5 per competitor, and includes a post race refreshment. Races will run rain or shine, with closures only occurring due to high winds, or thunder and lightning.



reporter@thefreepress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Mountain bikingrunning

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The famous band calls Fernie home. (Photo Contributed)
Shred Kelly gets creative with pandemic performances

CBC Radio recently promoted the band, highlighting their recent virtual tour and upcoming plans

A woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 uses walking sticks while walking up a hill, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Interior Health reports 83 more COVID-19 infections overnight

46 cases are now associated with a COVID-19 community cluster in Revelstoke

Green spaces have offered many a sense of peace throughout the pandemic. (Photo Contributed)
Nature Conservancy of Canada matches all donations on Dec. 1

The initiative honours Giving Tuesday, an initiative created to combat Black Friday’s consumerism

Signs are posted at the entrance of newly deactivated roads. (Photo Contributed)
Teck hosts virtual Annual Outdoor Recreationalist Meeting

The Dec. 2 meeting will touch on biodiversity, reclamation, and road rehabilitation

A man wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 walks past a mural in Vancouver on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
212 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health over the weekend

A total of 490 cases remain active; 15 in hospital

A tongue-in-cheek message about wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 on a sign outside a church near Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection count climbs back up to 656

20 more people in hospital, active cases still rising

A teacher places the finishing touches on the welcome sign at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School which is part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Sept. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Hindsight 2020: How do you preserve a year many Canadians would rather forget?

Figuring out how to preserve the story of the pandemic poses a series of challenges

Haley Callison. (Facebook photo)
Former B.C. pro hockey player frustrated with COVID-deniers after horrific bout with virus

Haleigh Callison hopes people will follow precautions and tone down the rhetoric

A man stands in the window of an upper floor condo in Vancouver on March 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Change made to insurance for B.C. condo owners amid rising premiums

Council CEO Janet Sinclair says the change will mean less price volatility

The Walking Curriculum gets students outside and connecting with nature. (Amanda Peterson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
‘Walking Curriculum’ crafted by SFU professor surges in popularity

The outdoor curriculum encourages students to connect with the natural world

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
B.C. researchers launch study to test kids, young adults for COVID-19 antibodies

Kids and youth can often be asymptomatic carriers of the novel coronavirus

Most Read