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What you may have missed from the Golden Ultra

One of the distances at the British Columbia trail race doubled as the North American, Central American and Carribean Mountain Running Championships

After running various Alberta trail races, Nordic skier-cum-ultramarathoner and Golden, B.C. resident Magi Scallion realized her hometown’s trails were superb, even in comparison with famous, destination trail races.

“I knew I could put together an amazing 60K loop with practically no road or double track in it,” she says. “Golden isn’t a super trendy town in comparison to Banff, Alta. or Revelstoke, B.C. but I live here and I love it.”

Three years ago, she screwed her courage and struck up the Golden Ultra: a three-day trail running stage race. The marquee distance was a combined 85K of gnarly skyline-scraping, September-snow-kissed single track. Day one consists of the vertical kilometre, spread out over 5K. Day two features a pure-form ultra run of 60K. Day three: a modest half-marathon. (Less audacious runners can tackle the “half-pint:” the vertical kilometre, 30K and 10.5K. Or, you can pick and choose race events individually.) There are also fun race divisions like the ‘hobby horse’ where participants run the entire race on…yes, a hobby horse.

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