2015 Squamish 50/50 – Preview

Can you handle 130km of burly Squamish goodness in just over twenty-four hours? The concept here is simple – race the 50 miler and 50 kilometer events on back-to-back days.

Seems simple enough, except that I’m undertrained and underprepared and a little anxious, but yeah, I’m running the Squamish 50/50 this weekend.

“The Squamish 50 is one TOUGH RACE and a truly unforgettable trail ultra experience. With over 85% singletrack and over 11,000 feet of climbing and descent, topped off by stunning sweeping vistas across glaciated snow capped peaks that jut straight out of the Pacific Ocean, this course may just take your breath away (get it).

Let us put it this way, the first six miles and the final mile are relatively flat. Then there is over 11,000 feet / 3350 meters of climbing jammed into approximately 43 miles of terrain. Your largest individual climb is 2500 feet / 750 meters. This is an exceptionally difficult course made tougher still by the technical nature of a majority of the terrain. Throw in the fact that the back half runs much more difficult than the front half and you have yourself a nice little day of suffering in the mountains. Thankfully we’ve made every effort to distract you with incredible scenery at every possible turn.”

My goals for this race:
1. Make it to the Start Line. Twice!
2. Don’t get injured. Twice!
3. Have fun. Twice!
4. Make it to the Finish Line. Twice!
5. Thank all of the volunteers I can. Twice!


Squamish 50/50.

Race Entrants:
86 entrants have signed up from fourteen states (Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington) and four provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario.) The youngest entrant is 20 years old and the oldest entrant (but will not necessarily be the slowest) is 63 years old.

Map and Elevation Profile:
50 mile
50k

Video Preview (by Arc’teryx):


My Last Year’s 50 mile Race Report:

Race Description:
50 mile:

“Between the relatively flat first six miles and final mile, you’ll find over 3350 m /11,000 ft of climbing jammed into the remaining 43 miles of terrain. Your largest individual climb is 760 m / 2500 ft. This is an exceptionally difficult course made tougher still by the technical nature of a majority of the terrain. Throw in the fact that the back half runs much more difficult than the front half and you have yourself a nice little day of suffering. Thankfully we’ve made every effort to distract you with incredible scenery at every possible turn.”

50k:

“The Squamish 50 – 50 km is a very challenging course as evidenced by the 11-hour cut off time. There’s not a lot of flat in this course BUT we have at least put those flatter sections at the very beginning and the very end, so you’ll be properly warmed up before you get into the guts of the course. This is a point to point race with no loops.”

Live Camera Feeds (by UltraSportsLive.tv):
http://www.ultrasportslive.tv/

Weekend Social Media Updates:
#SQ50

Twitter Feed:
@Squamish50

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