The K-100 will provide aid stations for runners along Leg Nine. Team support and drop off vehicles will proceed directly to Kananaskis Village to drop off their leg ten runners and cheer on their finishing leg nine runner. The course is marked and there will be volunteers enroute to guide runners but it is still the responsibility of individual runners to know the route. Since the trails are open to the general public, markings can get accidentally moved or broken.
ROUTE UPDATE JUNE 24: Parks has issued bear warnings for the whole of Evan Thomas and we’re not being allowed to use any trails. Leg 9 will start in the usual spot at the service road across from Boundary Ranch. You will stay on highway 40, turn left at Mt. Allan Drive then left at Centennial Drive to stay on the road up to the hotel. You will cross the road before the hotel entrance to run along the edge of the parking lot to the Village Centre to finish. Please be sure you stay to the left of the road facing traffic at all time. It maps out to 6.2 km. Interactive map here: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1949896 The distance will be about 6.2 km.
START: Service road 250m south of the Boundary Ranch turnoff.
DISTANCE: 8.7 km
DIFFICULTY RATING: 7 – 8
FASTEST RECORDED TIME IN 2021: New route for 2022
DESCRIPTION: This leg starts out flat but has several elevation changes from 4km on. Runners will start by running on the paved Evan Thomas bike path from the service road across from Boundary Ranch. You pass Kovach Pond Day Use Area and then cross the Kananaskis Village access road. Following the cones and flagging along the parking lot, runners will then be directed to turn right onto Hidden Trail towards Nakisa. Follow Hidden Trail for an uphill out and back. There is an aid station in the Ribbon Creek parking lot. Return to the Ribbon Creek parking lot where you will be directed across the parking lot and onto Terrace Trail for an uphill run to the finish at Kananaskis Village
This leg is challenging, particularly if the trails are wet and muddy, so be prepared. But it’s a beautiful trail run.