Canada’s Minotaur joining Skyrunner World Series

The 2020 Skyrunner World Series race calendar includes the unique Minotaur mountain running race

October 21st, 2019 by | Posted in Trail Running | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

There’s nothing like the Minotaur mountain running race in Crowsnest Pass, Alta., and the world is taking note. The Migu Run Skyrunner World Series calendar has just announced its 2020 race calendar, and Alberta’s Minotaur is on the list. Each year, the Skyrunner World Series race organizers aim to present athletes with new and novel mountain destinations. Two new locations for 2020 include the Austrian Alps and the Canadian Rockies.

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On June 27, 2020, the Skyrunner World Series will hop across the water to Canada for the Minotaur Skyrace. Starting in Blairmore, Alta., runners competing in the series will race 32K while climbing 2,817 metres. The route is brand new, with some sections similar to the 2018 route. The course challenges runners up technical summits, over ridges, down kilometres of scree, and finishes through dense forests. It’s a true skyrunning experience in the epic Canadian Rockies. There will also be a 10K Mini-Taur for those who want to be a part of the fun.

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2019 Women’s podium. Photo: Joanna Ford

Since 2016, Minotaur has offered mountain runners a new style of racing, unlike any other. Race directors Erin Fairhurst, Andrew Fairhurst, Susan Lowe-Wylde, and Ian Lowe-Wylde created Minotaur “to share our passion [and] give people an opportunity to get into terrain they wouldn’t necessarily get to see otherwise. Racers seem to really love how much vert we give them in our race courses, so that is what planted the seed to get involved in Skyrunning,” explains Erin Fairhurst.

Although this is the first time the Skrunner World Series is coming to Canada, classics such as Transvulcania still remain on the calendar. Registration for Minotaur opens November 1.

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