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Fat Dog 120: One of Canada’s most scenic and gruelling trail races

The Fat Dog 120 trail race is a 193K ultramarathon in the remote backcountry of southern British Columbia and one of North America's toughest races.

Fat Dog 120

The Barkley Marathons in Tennessee is one of North America’s toughest trail races made even more popular with the release of the race’s documentary. Canada’s Fat Dog 120 makes a strong case to be considered one of the continent’s toughest races too.

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The Fat Dog 120 is a 193K (120-mile) ultramarathon in southern British Columbia and heralded as “just short of Everest” since runners must conquer 8,673 metres of elevation gain during the gruelling trail event. The 2016 edition of the race takes place Aug 12-14.

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The race offers the following distances: 120 miles, 70 mile, 50 mile, 40 mile, and nine relay legs that cover the 120-mile route. The 120-mile route begins in Keremeos, B.C. in Cathedral Provincial Park while the shorter distances begin in E.C. Manning Provincial Park.

The race is point-to-point and features both technical and non-technical terrain. Runners also have to navigate across a river at one point during the race with the help of a rope. Runners have 48 hours to finish the 120-mile course.

Project Talaria just released a mini-documentary on the race, which can be found in its entirety below:

According to the video, 426 runners have attempted the race since it began in 2010. Only 224 have finished within the cutoff time. Appropriately, there’s a lake at the finish line for runners looking to cool off and recover after their respective distance.

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