Though the race is just 400 metres and typically lasts under 10 minutes, the Red Bull 400 will put runners to their knees. The Red Bull 400, held at Whistler Olympic Park in British Columbia, the site of the 2010 Winter Games, is a 400-metre race to the top of the ski jump hill. The 37-degree climb makes it the “steepest 400m race in the world.”

The event returned to the Olympic venue on Saturday after making its debut in 2015.

Incredibly, Kieran Lumb, a 17-year-old Vancouver runner bound for the University of British Columbia in September, set a new world record for the race on July 30. His time of 3:48 bested the previous mark by five seconds for the gruelling 400m uphill race.

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The B.C. high school cross-country running champion turns 18 on Aug. 2. He’s also a standout cross-country skier. The previous Red Bull 400 record was held by cyclist Brandon Crichton, who ran 3:53 to win the event in 2015. The race was a sellout for the second annual edition.


Men’s Final Results:
1. Kieran Lumb (03:48)
2. Shaun Stephens-Whale (03:54)
3. Brandon Crichton (04:04)

Women’s Final Results:
1. Rachel McBride (04:56)
2. Chantelle Groenwoud (05:03)
3. Zoe Dawson (05:07)

Full results.

Views from the top

Another year, another #Redbull400 race done! 6th place in the final. Sick day with great friends! #PainCave ? @kelseyserwa

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Rachel McBride, a professional triathlete who is a two-time Ironman 70.3 champion, was the women’s winner in 4:56. McBride’s time, though not a world record, was a record for the Whistler course. Red Bull 400s are run in eight cities across the world.

Canadian trail running legend Gary Robbins, who resides in North Vancouver, about 90 minutes south of Whistler, helped organize the race on Saturday. There were 600 runners who took part according to Robbins.

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Runners qualified for a final heat by performing well in the preliminary round so the top runners did a pair of 400m races on Saturday. The final portion of the race includes running up the takeoff area for ski jumping, a form of Nordic skiing where athletes fly as far as possible down a slope. The event is part of the Winter Olympics.

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