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Posted: August 23, 2018

Black Spur Ultra back for fourth year

Excitement is building for the fourth annual Black Spur Ultra, which is being held at the Kimberley Alpine Resort again this year.

The race attracts numerous runners from across Canada and the USA, but also as far away as Mexico, Spain, and Australia. Black Spur offers a 54k or 108k solo option, as well as a relay.

This year Sinister Sports is introducing the Sinister Triple race series consisting of the 100-mile Sinister 7 Ultra, the 125km Canadian Death Race, and Black Spur Ultra as the finale. Black Spur Ultra is also a qualifying race for the famous Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB), the ACU 100, and the Trail Runner Trophy Series.

Black Spur Ultra comes with the same professionalism
and organization as Sinister 7 Ultra, and the 54k is a great starting point for those just getting into ultra-marathons. The track boasts a trail runners dream: No pavement, big climbs through rugged terrain, and stunning scenery.

The ultra marathon consists of three legs, each ran twice if doing the 108k or Relay. The first and fourth leg takes runners to the top of the ski hill and then around the runs. The second and fifth leg heads west into Horse Barn Valley, while the third and sixth go south towards the campground on St. Mary’s River with a long, steady climb back to the resort.

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Last year the 54k record was broken by Dave Stevens of Kimberley, with a mind-blowing finish time of five hours and 27 minutes.

As far as using Kimberley Alpine Resort for the venue, Race Director Brian Gallant had this to say, “Working with the Kimberley Alpine Resort has been great. It’s a great location within the trail network in Kimberley and the management at the resort have been really easy to work with.”

The 54k portion of the race will begin August 25 at 8 a.m., ending at 8 p.m.; while the relay and 108k runs will end at 8 a.m. on August 26.

Following will be the post-race breakfast and award ceremony.


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