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14 photos that will have you craving a trip to B.C.’s Fernie half-marathon

The Fernie half-marathon was held last weekend in southeastern B.C. with stellar views and an eye-catching backdrop (photo: Jamie Hide).

Fernie Half-Marathon

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Fully encircled by the Rocky Mountains, the town of Fernie, B.C. is a bucket list place to visit because of its outdoor adventure options. With a panoramic view of the mountain range, it’s understandable that the Fernie half-marathon’s setting is tough to beat.

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The southeastern British Columbia event is an all-trail race run along Elk River in the heart of Fernie, which is known as a ski town in the winter months. The course crosses the foot of Mount Fernie and is well-marked for those looking for time or others taking part in their first organized race.

According to the race website, 375 people took part in the Fernie half-marathon, officially known as the Oktoberfest Fernie half-marathon, and the two other distances last weekend. The race, held in the town of approximately 5,000 residents, also includes a three-person relay and a standalone 10K.

The mountainous region provides an ideal backdrop for runners in the summer and fall months and offers challenging terrain. The town is located approximately 1,000m above sea level.

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The early-bird price of the race is just $30. For post-race festivities, the event has a beer tent– fitting considering the Oktoberfest theme– near the finish line for those who run or walk the relay, half-marathon or 10K. The scenic views, trail footing and close-knit community vibe of the event is apparent in the photo gallery and is a great option for those looking for a destination race in 2017.

Runners from Alberta, British Columbia and Montana made the trip to Fernie or raced locally on Sunday. Fernie is a three-hour drive from Calgary, a two-hour drive from Lethbridge, Alta. and a one-hour from Cranbrook, B.C. Results can be found here.

All photos courtesy of Jamie Hide Photography.