Sunday, September 24th, 2023
Marathon Solo and Relay- 9:00 am
5Km Run/Walk- 10:00 am
The Alfred Savage Centre; 13909 Fox Drive NW, Edmonton
Full Course Solo and Relay Marathon Teams Race Starts 9:00 am
5Km Run/Walk Starts 10:00 am
From the Alfred Savage Centre you go up the Grandview stairs and onto single track trail that meanders through the forest near Grandview. Winding back down towards the Savage Centre, you will head to the river and follow it east. Don’t fall in the river as you pass under the “End of the World” (Keillor Point Lookout) to Hawrelak Park pedestrian bridge. Be sure to say “hi” to the dogs you pass in Beuna Vista dog park as you race back to the Quesnell Bridge, and end back at Whitemud Park.
After passing through the starting arch, you’ll head back towards the Quesnell Bridge and up the stairs to Laurier neighbourhood and across the footbridge over the Whitemud Freeway. We will preserve the trails along the river and by-pass through the neighbourhoods of Quesnell and Rio Terrace before getting back on single track. Push up the climbs of Patricia Ravine, then down Wolf Willow Ravine. Cross the Fort Edmonton Pedestrian Bridge, then follow the river back to Whitemud Park.
Back towards Fort Edmonton Park, but this time take the shortcut to the Fort Edmonton Pedestrian Bridge and turn left to hit the Flat Earth SocietyTrails. Don’t get dizzy following the endless curves of the Flatter Pete Trail, just trust it will end eventually and you will be spit out at the Terwillegar Pedestrian Bridge. Enjoy the view, then turn around, and head back on more singletrack, this time following the river back to the Fort Edmonton Pedestrian Bridge and then connecting to the beautiful Selkirk Knights Trail to bring you back to Whitemud Park.
This loop will take you south, along the sides of the Whitemud Creek Ravine, first going straight up towards the Brookside neighbourhood, before racing back down towards the creek, then back up again, then down and... and well...you get the idea. Past Snow Valley ski-hill, under the Whitemud Freeway to make some good time on wide trails and flowy single track. Up the hill and into Aspen Gardens you'll stop at the aid station, then get a bit of a break on the sidewalk before finding more single track in Aspen Garden forests. Then under Whitemud Drive and on to the Farmer’s Daughter Trail for your final push back to the Finish Line waiting for you.
5 Km Run/Walk Course
Enjoy the best the Whitemud Ravine has to offer, head south on the double wide trail that follows the creek and keep your eyes out for the many types of birds and other wildlife on the way. Don’t get too comfortable though, there’s a tough hill to climb straight up to the field of the University Farms where you will follow single track to come out at Grandview, the head down the double wide track, behind the Alfred Savage Centre and back to Whitemud Park at the finish line!
We strive to be a zero waste event! That means that we provide the hydration but it's up to you to bring the vessel!
Some ideas include: Hydration pack, collapsible cup, water bottle on a waist belt etc.
All protocol for best practice for the prevention of the spread of Covid-19 will be followed.