The K-100 will provide aid stations for runners along Leg Nine. Team support and drop off vehicles will proceed directly to Nakiska 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.
START: Service road 250m south of the Boundary Ranch turnoff.
DISTANCE: 10.75 km
DIFFICULTY RATING: 7 – 8
FASTEST RECORDED TIME IN 2016: 0:39:17
PACE: 3:42 per km/5:51 per mile
DESCRIPTION: Leg Nine starts out flat but has several elevation changes from 4 km on. Runners will start by running on the paved Evan Thomas Bike path from the service road across from Boundary Ranch. Runners pass Kovach Pond Day Use area and then cross the Kananaskis Village access road into the Ribbon Creek parking lot. The route then crosses the river and follows Terrace Trail up to Kananaskis Village, turns around and heads right back down again. Runners then cross the Ribbon Creek parking lot and take Hidden Trail and the final 1.5 km climb to finish at Nakiska.
This leg is challenging, particularly if the trails are wet and muddy, so be prepared. But it’s a beautiful trail run.