By Jennifer Copley (Last Updated 12 May 2016)
Where: Squamish, BC
Description: The Alice Lake Enduro Course is an 13 kilometer trail run (the event also includes a 9 km Sports Course and kids’ race courses of 1 km and 3 km). All the races start and end in beautiful Alice Lake Provincial Park. The 2016 Enduro Course included a number of rugged trails, with plenty of elevation gain (400 meters). Trails in the Enduro Course included Four Lakes, Mike’s Loop, 50 Shades More, Entrails, Rupert, Tazer, Mashiter, Tracks from Hell, Credit Line, and Jack’s Trail with features including a crazy wave bridge and a human-sized doghouse and . This race is part of the annual 5 Peaks Trail Running series.
Time: The fastest time for the 2016 Alice Lake Enduro Course was 54:18 and the slowest was 2:16:35. For the Sports Course, the fastest time was 46:35 and the slowest was 1:50:04.
Cost: $45 for early bird registration; $55 closer to the race date (if you’d like to do more trail races, you can save money by purchasing a 5 Peaks Season Pass).
Difficulty: Some of the terrain was challenging for anyone new to trail racing. Some spots were borderline scrambly and there were plenty of rocks and tree roots (several people received first aid for twisted ankles and other issues). I recommend doing some training on mountain trails before entering this one and being cautious on the steeper downhill bits unless you have plenty of trail running experience.
Required Equipment: Trail running shoes, water, carb gels or other snacks (there is one aid station, providing water only)
- The cost of entry is less expensive than that of a marathon.
- The course runs over a series of gorgeous forest trails.
- You’ll get a great workout with all the elevation gain.
- There are relatively clean outhouse-style bathrooms at the beginning of the course with flush toilets.
- Alice Lake Park is a great place to hang out post-race. Food and beverages are available after the run and you can take a dip in the lake to cool off.
- The event is very well-organized, with good trail markings and friendly volunteers directing in places where trails fork (from the reviews I’ve read, all of the 4 Peaks races tend to be well-organized).
- The race photos are made available for free on Flickr.
- Parking is free.
- There are no dogs allowed at the beach area or on the trails.
- There isn’t much parking available – expect to do some walking to reach the start if you don’t get there early.
- You can leave your bags in a tent there, but they recommend not leaving any valuables, so the bag check obviously isn’t well-monitored.
- You don’t get much swag with this one – no medals other than the top three finishers of each gender – but you do get a nice mug.
- Come early if you want to get parking.
- Don’t bring headphones or walking poles – they’re not allowed on the course.
- Bring a swimsuit for the lake (unless you’re happy to jump in wearing your running clothes).
See the Alice Lake race page for more information.
For more great running events and hikes in BC, see the main Activities page.
*Conditions, routes, and prices may have changed since the time of this writing.