Ul­tra marathon con­firmed for Septem­ber

The Drumheller Mail - - Sports - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

It’s of­fi­cial, this fall ul­tra-marathon­ers from through­out the province will be com­ing to the val­ley to com­pete in the X War­rior Chal­lenge X Ul­tra.

This week Darcy Chal­i­foux of X War­rior Chal­lenge is in the val­ley map­ping out the legs of a 50-kilo­me­tre trail run to take place on Septem­ber 21.

“It is in­cred­i­ble ter­rain, It’s mag­i­cal,” said Chal­i­foux of the course they are set­ting up af­ter run­ning the first 9-kilo­me­tre leg. He has en­listed lo­cal run­ner Mor­gan Syvert­sen to help map out the course.

And what a course it will be. It will con­sist of four legs, mak­ing up a to­tal 50 kilo­me­tre route. The lower park­ing area of the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum will be race cen­tral, and the course will take place on pri­vate land as well as a por­tion of the back nine of Di­nosaur Trail Golf and Coun­try Club.

Chal­i­foux said he has been work­ing on set­ting up the event for quite some time. He con­tacted Mayor Heather Col­berg who di­rected him to the lo­cal run­ning com­mu­nity

“This started last year, as far as I knew no one has ever hosted any sort of ul­tra­ma­rathon, trail event in the bad­lands,” said Chal­i­foux.

“None of this would hap­pen is it weren’t; for Mor­gan. We have the res­i­dent ex­pert.”

As this be­ing the in­au­gu­ral event Chal­i­foux is not sure what to ex­pect, how­ever, so far in­ter­est is strong. There is a limited num­ber of spa­ces for rac­ers. Run­ners can take on the X Ul­tras as a soloist or as part of a team of two or four. The race will be a chal­leng­ing trail run for soloists, how­ever, as a mem­ber of a re­lay team, it makes the event ac­ces­si­ble for run­ners who want to get a taste of what an ul­tra marathon is like.

“The re­lay is sort of where the magic hap­pens., when peo­ple are part of a re­lay team they are given the op­por­tu­nity to bring a tent to base camp, set up that morn­ing and there is a com­mu­nity Darcy Chal­i­foux of X War­rior Chal­lenge and Mor­gan Syvert­sen were out in the hills plot­ting the course for an ul­tra marathon com­ing in Septem­ber. feel where they are in Chal­i­foux.

The event in­cludes a Fri­day evening pasta din­ner to fuel up for the Satur­day race at Di­nosaur Trail Golf and Coun­try Club. Also in­cluded in the event is a 1-kilo­me­tre kids run.

“We are hop­ing to con­nect with the Ro­tary Club of Drumheller and raise some funds for them, and we have a few ways of do­ing that. 100 per cent of the pro­ceeds of the reg­is­tra­tion from the kids run will go to Ro­tary, and w are look­ing at some other fundrais­ing ve­hi­cles,” said Chal­i­foux

He sees the po­ten­tial of grow­ing the event in the fu­ture.

“The goal is, let’s sell ho­tel rooms and get peo­ple into the area. The fu­ture goal would be let’s make this a mul­ti­ple-day event, and re­ally take over a whole week­end, take a lit­tle event with 200 and grow into a few thou­sand,” he said To learn more or to reg­is­ter, go to www.xwar­rior­chal­lenge.com it to­gether,” said


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