THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Tackle the Toad
Tackle the Toad is an ultra trail running event that takes place in beautiful Nelson, British Columbia. The race will take runners on an epic journey through lush ancient Cedar Hemlock forests and up into the rocky spruce alpine that towers over Kootenay lake. Iconic Nelson is well known for its eclectic diversity of culture, dining and endless year round outdoor activities. Most of all it is well known for its jaw dropping mountain bike trails that have been built and maintained by the Nelson cycling association. The proceeds of this event will be put into the cycling club so that visitors, future generations and locals can enjoy the trails for years to come.
The 25km Course
The 25km with 1310 meters (4300') of climbing trail race will start at the Morning mountain regional park at 9.00am on Sunday 8th of September. The race starts by climbing Morning mountain through a beautiful interior temperate rain forest, which is truly unique to this region. After ascending world class single track you will descend on old mining trails, which still exist from the days of the silver rush. This will be followed by only a very short section of forest service road before heading up the newest edition to the Trans Canada trail. This majestic trail takes runners across wild creeks and into deep mature Cedar forests while coasting through unparalleled rolling singletrack. The final descent passes old mining relics and follows more epic singletrack down Morning Mountain and back to the finish line where finishers will receive a hand crafted finishers medal.
The 50km Course
This challenging 50km Ultra with 2530 meters (8300’) of climbing will start at the Morning Mountain regional park at 7:00am. This course will take you on a huge journey through the unique landscape of the West Kootenays and land you on the summit of Toad mountain. Weather depending, you will be greatly rewarded with views of Kootenay lake and Nelson as you make your way across the technical, but run-able ridge-line of Toad mountain. After ascending the mountain you will descend mostly on singletrack with only a few short sections of forest service road. The race will traverse its way back to Morning Mountain via the Trans Canada trail and present an exciting challenge late in the game before a fast descent to the finish. The course uses the same ascent as the 25km course and follows the same route to the finish. Both races will experience these enchanting forests and unique West Kootenay ecosystems, however the 50k will really take you to another level.
125 entrants for 25k distance and 100 entrants for the 50k.
Check in times
No pre race day bib pick up. Sunday Septemeber 8th
50km check in 6:15am- 7am race start at the Morning Mountain regional car park. Toilet facility on site.
25km check in 7:30am-9am race start at the Morning Mountain regional car park. Toilet facility on site.
Aid stations will be supplied with some emergency supplies, bananas, oranges, race snacks and plenty of water.
Aid stations – 6.8km, 17.5km
Aid stations – 6.8km, 18km, 28km, 38.5km
Safety disclaimer and mandatory gear
This is wild country, so we assume entrants are aware what to bring to stay safe out there, however we are making bear spray mandatory. There will be field marshals and plenty of aid stations (marked on map), so the only things we strongly recommend is water to get you between the aid stations, plenty of food and snacks, whether its sugar or whole foods we ask you please do not throw any garbage on the trail. This is a cup free event, so bring a water bottle or reusable cup! As for gear we would recommend checking the weather prior to the event to see if layers are required. It is usually hot the first weekend of September. Hiking poles are allowed and
there will be no drop bags, so you need to bring everything you would need to get you as far as an aid station. We are trying to keep this race as rugged as possible!
The event would not be possible without the help of volunteers, so feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to help out. Volunteers will be rewarded with free t-shirt and discounted entry to next years event.
Entry fees to our races are 50% refundable and bib numbers can be transferred. In the event of; trail closures, wildlife activity, fire, adverse weather, we will do our best to either re-route and re plan the event. Refunds will be given as 50% race entry off of our 2020 event.
Local time: 2:16 AM