Scenes from British Columbia’s challenging Squamish 50 trail race

The Squamish 50, one of British Columbia's toughest trail races, was held between Vancouver and Whistler this weekend.

August 21st, 2016 by | Posted in Runs & Races, Trail Running | Tags: , , , ,

@thatdakotajones is back! Winning #squamish50 in a new CR. Boom.

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Views of the Pacific, snow-capped glaciers and single-track running trails: A trail race setting doesn’t get too much better than that.

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One of British Columbia’s toughest trail races, the Squamish 50, was held this weekend in the town located about halfway between Vancouver and Whistler. Canadian trail running guru Gary Robbins is the race director and put on a great event for local trail runners and some top international talent.

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The 50-mile was on Saturday and the 50K was held on Sunday. For the extra brave, there is a 50/50 challenge where runners compete in both races on back-to-back days. A 23K race is also held on Sunday for runners who aren’t into the ultramarathon distances.

The course features up to 11,000 feet of climbing and descent. The 50K course is point-to-point with an 11-hour cut-off time. With no loops, it’s best suited for more experienced trail runners.

The 50-mile course is known for being tougher on the latter portion of the race so runners feel twice the burn considering late-race fatigue paired with technical terrain.

And they're off! #SQ50 50km runners are on course.

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The Squamish 50K just finished late this afternoon with Anna Frost winning the women’s race and Brendan Trimboli winning the men’s race.

Dakota Jones of the United States won the 50-miler on Saturday; Hannah Green was the women’s winner.

All races sold out at this year’s event and race director Robbins greeted athletes with high-fives as each trail runner crossed the finish line. Now that’s dedication.

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Photos

Looks like Robbins was well-prepared in the hydration department

Who's thirsty? Drink up #SQ50 runners, drink up.

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The best beer is #finishlinebeer #beerbod #Squamish50 #SQ50 #howesoundbrewing

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Runners seen from above on Legacy Trail during the @Squamish50. #squamish50

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50/50 champ. #saytwowords #squamish5050 #squamish50

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So much to reflect on 12 hours after crossing the finish line of the most difficult race I've ever done. Technical, gauntlet, and grueling are the words that immediately come to mind. The course never lets up from miles 7 through 49. Not once. On a course where my legs felt like mile 40 at mile 18 and the 2-4 mile long downhills took just as long as the uphills, there was a time around mile 37 that I seriously considered withdrawing from my 2 remaining races this season and never signing up for another race. I still might, but will take some time on this one. This is not an easy course by any means. If it were a ski slope, it's a double black diamond meant for those who know what they're doing. Yes, I finished, but I took my skis off and slid down on my butt. Does that still count? Huge shout out to the volunteers who were quick to take care of you and then sent you off like a champion as you continued on your journey. I never felt stronger then the first 100 meters out of every aid station. Except the finish line. When I was immediately bear hugged by race director @garyrobbins. He gets it. He knows what he's created and what he puts people through every year. He sees it in your eyes as you struggle to find the words to describe the pain mixed with relief and the demons you've overcome to get to this point. Yesterday was a long day I won't soon forget. Oh, and I saw 2 bears. . . . #squamish50 #sq50 #trailrunning #ultramarathon #trail #race #racerecap #50miler #distancerunning #endurance #racebling #medal #mountains #choosemountains #runsteep #trainracebeer #runner #running #competitor #workout #healthy #health #fitness #fit #fitfam #mountains #alwaysup #explore #adventure #canada

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New friend. #Squamish50

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Full results can be found here.