It was announced today that the ownership of the Golden Ultra, a three-day stage race in Golden, B.C., will be transferred to TransRockies, Inc. ahead of the 2020 edition of the race. Magi Scallion, the now-former owner of the Golden Ultra, started the race in 2015 and has been at the helm ever since.
Didn’t ski today. Didn’t even walk. Super happy sad about saying goodbye to the Golden Ultra. The food orders, computer forms and bank account deficits I won’t miss. The people … I really hope it’s not goodbye. Let’s still run and laugh and drink so mu… https://t.co/jyUKFPAvgI pic.twitter.com/qnQCsXyP71
— Magi Scallion (@Magi_Scallion) February 12, 2020
“After five great years of building the Golden Ultra, it’s time for me to take a step back and focus on my personal health and well-being,” Scallion, who built the Golden Ultra into a hugely popular event, wrote in a statement today. In its first year, the race had 150 competitors and featured three events, one per day. In 2019, over 500 ran in two stage races, a separate stage race for kids and a single 120-kilometre ultra.
“Selling an event that I’ve built from the ground up is not an easy decision,” Scallion continued, “as it means saying goodbye to the many great runners, sponsors and volunteers I’ve worked with over the years, but I could not think of a better production company than TransRockies.”
TransRockies, Inc. operates the race series of the same name. The series, which includes cycling and mountain biking races in addition to running events, features the TransRockies Run in Colorado and the TransSelkirks Run in Revelstoke, B.C., among others.
TransRockies is not new to the scene in Golden. In 2014, the company launched its Singletrack 6 mountain biking race, and it has returned to Golden twice since then, in 2016 and again in 2018. TransRockies runs another event, the Golden Two Four Mountain Bike Weekend, in the town as well.
“We’re thrilled to be adding the Golden Ultra to our portfolio of outdoor endurance events, and specifically strengthening our running series in Canada,” said Aaron McConnell, president of the TransRockies Race Series. “Magi has done a great job in building the Golden Ultra, starting with a great vision for a new Ultra, followed up with outstanding execution and an amazing sense of community.”
The 2020 Golden Ultra will be held later this year, from September 18 to 20.