Autumn Rush is a challenging trail running race that takes place in Myra Bellevue Provincial Park and showcases one of Kelowna's best kept secrets... Angel Springs Trail. The course is designed for trail runners, by trail runners, so you can so you can expect priority to be placed on a challenging and fun course, filled with all the aspects that make a race memorable. Our staging venue takes place from Myra Canyon Adventure Park. So spectators can play frisbee golf, slack line or do some of the fun ropes courses! Oh... and we also have a BEER GARDEN!
Local time: 2:05 PM
42km / 5,300 feet ascent
After dropping 1.5k down from the adventure park, runners will cruise along some incredible old school cross-country single track trails as they gradually climb up to Pipers and over to Lost Lake. From here runners will hit grassy trail and climb up until they reach outhouse. Here is where the 24k & 42k split. The 24k runners go left where the sweet single track kicks them out on a short piece of forest service road (Hromek) down to Bailout trail. After hanging a right on bailout, you'll be in heaven with the fall colors around you and rolling terrain all the way to June Springs parking lot. After accessing you first aid station, you'll push on up to the top of Angel Springs trail where you will be in for a treat. It's rocky, rooty, technical and super fun! You'll get one more chance to fuel up or smash some coke for the final set of steep climbs that lead you up to the finish line.
24km / 3,300 feet ascent
After dropping 1.5k down from the adventure park, runners will pick up on the original course at the junction where the incredible old school cross-country single track trails start. They will gradually climb up to Pipers and over to Lost Lake. From here runners will hit grassy trail and continue to climb on a variety of sweet single track all the way up to the KVR. After a short flat section on the historic KVR, runners are in for a treat as they descend all the way down Crawford trail to look out trail, hillbilly and earring until they hit lower bench / Crawford parking lot. From here you will push through the rolling and loamy fairlane trails as you climb all the way to June Springs parking lot. You will still have a bit of climbing to do before you can enjoy one of Kelowna's nicest trails... Angel Springs. It's a technical, rooty, rocky trail that crosses over Mission Creek 4 times. After your last aid station you have a few short steep climbs and then a gradual push all the way to the finish!
12km / 1650 feet ascent
Runners will start off at Myra Adventure Park and take a new trail up through Myra B&B and towards June Springs parking lot. From the parking lot runners will head left on Myra Bailout and then start the technical and fun descent down Angel Springs... one of the nicest single track trails in the area!
Once you reach the bottom of Angel Springs you'll travel along beautiful trails that crisscross Mission Creek 4 times and a few fun bridges. This time of year the creek is pretty dried up so keeping your feet dry shouldn't be a problem. The trails in this section are stunning and the fall colors will surely motivate you as you start to make your ascent back up some old school single track trails and a steep climb back up towards the finish line.
There will be an aid station just before the final ascent back up to the finish at approx. 10k., so please ensure you are self sufficient up to this distance. Due to the remoteness and technical difficulty of the terrain we are unable to access aid any sooner in the course.
Every year we will donate a portion of our proceeds to a different charity. Running feels good. Giving back feels good. Combing both feels GREAT!