After many lengthy discussions, and some negotiations, Parks is allowing us to run K-100 on August 28! There was concern over how busy the park has become in the summer months as well as the much more active bear population but we’re being allowed to go ahead. Be prepared for some possible changes to the final two trail legs – due to the aforementioned bear activity. We have created some contingency routes in case trails are closed. But we get to have a K-100!
The 100 mile course begins among the rolling hills of Longview in south western Alberta.
At 6:00 a.m. the first heat of leg one runners will make their way along highway 541 towards the majestic Rocky Mountains. The course traverses the Highwood Pass on the highest paved highway in Canada and takes you into the Kananaskis Valley. Leg nine and ten runners will travel cross-country to finish at Nakiska, the site of the alpine events of the XV Olympic Winter Games.
Forced starts will occur for slower teams to complete the course in 14 hours.
This relay is extremely popular and, for safety reasons, we are limited to 100 teams. Teams can guarantee a spot in the race by paying a guarantee fee over and above the entry fee. For further information, please refer to the guarantee fee benefits. Teams who place top three in any category are also guaranteed a spot in the following year’s race. Please feel free to solicit a sponsor(s) for your team payment and showcase them on your team vehicles.
Teams that are not guaranteed an entry will be placed in a draw to complete the total of 100 teams. Payments for these teams will not be processed until the completion of the draw, and only then if the team gains entry into the race. The draw will occur immediately following the final entry deadline and all team captains will be notified of their status. We will also publish all participating teams on our website.
Please note: race registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. You will be given the option to purchase cancellation insurance when you register online.
Bear spray requirements.
Parks is now requiring all runners to carry bear spray from the beginning of leg 3 to the end of the race whilst running, although we’re recommending you just start with it at leg 1. Not every person needs to purchase bear spray – you can pass it from runner to runner at each relay station. However, if you will be utilizing the forced starts on leg 8 and/or 10, you’ll need to be sure that those runners have their own bear spray as they won’t be “tagged” by the previous leg runner. For example, start your leg 1 runner with the bear spray which can then be passed all the way through to leg 7. Then make sure your leg 8 runner has spray who can then pass it to leg 9. Your leg 10 runner will need their own spray. So, three cans of spray for a team that will be in the forced starts. Teams that know they won’t be in the forced starts will only need one can of spray.
Please also be aware of the forced starts on earlier legs that some teams will get caught in. If you will be caught in the forced starts before leg 8 then you’ll need two cans of bear spray for your team to pass forward.
Check out this video on the use of bear spray. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDgBY2PbnO4