How it works

This isn't a traditional cross-country run. It combines running with scrambling, and maybe even a little parkour. Then you douse it all with adrenaline.

Your goal is to make it across the rocks, to the far side and back. Historically, this was first done by Sid Choquette in order to warn an oncoming train, but you're doing it to get the best time. You start from the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, and run counterclockwise for approximately 1km on the interpretive trail to the first Checkpoint. At CP1 you dive into the Frank Slide. There is no set route through the rocks, so you need to pick the best line. The Slide isn't flat either; it rolls like waves, so you need to keep your head up and get to high ground in order to see the next CP. Straight lines may not work out for you since the terrain is so varied, with some boulders the size of buses. Depending on your route, the course is approximately 5km, including the run at the start. The elevation depends on your approach but your heart rate will be way up there. It will be interesting to compare Strava afterward!

In order to minimize congestion on the singletrack, and when entering the rocks, you will start in heats of 20 racers every five minutes. Heats will be confirmed one week before the race, but the intention is to go by bib numbers (1-20, 21-30, etc.).

Each CP has a tall flag and a punch where you must manually mark a card to record that you arrived. You follow blue flags when heading out, and red flags when coming back. You have to reach each CP in numerical order. Once you reach CP7, you follow the trail back to the Centre and the finish line. The start and finish are recorded digitally.

While there is no set route through the Slide, the map below shows a point-to-point description. Blue lines lead you away from the Start, red lines lead you back to the Finish.

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Schedule

Follow our racer emails and Facebook group for updates.

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Mandatory Gear

You are required to have the following safety gear and use it appropriately:

Recommended Gear:

Prohibited Gear:

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Safety

Let's not mince words – there is a lot that can happen to you out there. You are the best person to keep yourself from injury; you do that by being aware and prepared. The two most common risks are a trip resulting in a fall, and a rock tipping you off. Both can result in a break or other injury. Like anywhere in the mountains, there is also a chance of animal encounters on the first run section, but it is highly unlikely that you will see large animals once you get into the rocks.

Here are the best ways to prevent injury:

Your heart will still be pounding, even if you slow down, so think through each step. Race smart!

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What's Included

Besides the adrenaline rush and glory, here is what you can look forward to:

The top female and male competitors will get what Sid received for running the rocks back in 1903: a certificate of commendation and a cheque for $25. (actually, you'll get more than that so stay tuned)

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Parking

Parking is limited at the Centre. We ask that all racers park down the road in the forest reserve and walk up to the site (about 500m). Watch for parking signs on the access road.

We will have a shuttle vehicle if you need a ride, but don't count on it if you're in a hurry!

Take a look at the site map - it shows parking and the start location.

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Race Rules

  1. Competitors are required to check in at registration by 11:00am on the day of the race, and sign a waiver provided by the Sinister Sports Inc. A Competitor is not considered a participant without a signed waiver.
  2. Competitors are responsible for their own medical coverage and all costs incurred by any form of rescue services, treatment, or hospitalization if they are injured during the race. If emergency evacuation is required, the cost will be the responsibility of the individual in need of assistance. This includes the cost of airlifting and helicopter or ground search if required.
  3. The race officially begins at 12:00pm (noon) on race day.
  4. Competitors will be assigned a heat based on their bib number, which will begin in three minute intervals. Competitors must start be at the Start Line ten (10) minutes prior to their heat, and start the race only when their head is designated to start.
  5. Individual competitor times begin when they cross the start mat, and ends when they cross the finish mat.
  6. Competitors have 3 hours to complete the course for an official ranking.
  7. The first portion of the course is marked and mandatory. Once competitors reach Checkpoint 1, they must choose their own route while accessing all other Checkpoints in numerical order.
  8. The only means of travel on the course is self-powered and on foot (running, walking, crawling); using any other means of travel will result in disqualification.
  9. Competitors must wear the mandatory gear at all times.
  10. A timing chip and bib number must be worn while on the course or the Competitor is not considered a participant in the race. The bib must be worn on the front of your body so that it is visible to race marshals.
  11. The timing chip is property of Sinister Sports, and must be returned at the end of the race. Not returning the timing chip will result in disqualification and a bill of $60, at the discretion of Sinister Sports.
  12. If any act of nature or uncontrollable act takes place that inhibits your progress on the course, no time credit will be given; these factors are a part of the race.
  13. Running on Highway 3, its verges, or the Community Trail, except where designated by Race Officials, is prohibited and will result in disqualification.
  14. Competitors are not allowed assistance (eg: support crew, volunteer, race marshal, or bystander) from the time they commence to the time they complete the race.
  15. Competitors must carry any mandatory or elective gear with them, and they are not allowed to cache food or gear along the course.
  16. Littering and intentional disturbing of rocks in the Frank Slide is unacceptable and will result in immediate disqualification.
  17. Any Competitor found using or supplying performance-enhancing drugs to other Competitors, will be disqualified and permanently barred from Sinister Sports events. See http://list.wada-ama.org/ for banned substances. Sinister Sports Inc. respects any existing bans and will comply with any investigation undertaken by anti-doping agencies.
  18. Any Competitor that drops out of the race must notify the nearest race marshal or director at the earliest opportunity. Do not drop out of the race without telling race officials as this will result in a costly search and you may be billed.
  19. Race Directors may remove any Competitor from the racecourse if they feel it is unsafe for the Competitor to proceed (eg: natural hazards, hypothermia, dehydration, frostbite, debilitating injury, unprepared for weather events).
  20. If there is more than 4" of accumulated snow on race day, the Race Director reserves the right to change the route so that competitors run on trail only.
  21. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated and may result in disqualification at the discretion of the Race Director.
  22. Any disputes with the race, race results, rules, course management or the actions of other Competitors must be submitted to the Race Director within 30 minutes of the end of the race. If not received within this time, complaints will not be considered.

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About Sinister Sports

For 18 years we have been creating some of the most challenging and inspiring races in Canada. We are passionate about our Rocky Mountain heritage, and it shapes who we are. We focus on the racer's experience above all else, and that's our commitment, year after year.