DAY 1 - RUN (Saturday, July 1st, 2017)
This run starts and finishes at the Train Station. Runners in this event receive a complimentary train pass to help weigh the train down for the Sprint, Challenge and Iconic Races. Boarding of the train will be at 9:45am
This run is our Feature No. 7 Challenge a 10 k race the train out to McLean Mill - a National Historic Site. The run winds through a beautiful area - and yes there is a bit of a climb! The Sprint Run includes transportation back to the Train Station either via the train itself or a bus.
This run is also vs. the Train as the runners will attempt to beat the train back to the Train Station at Harbour Quay. It is a 1/2 marathon using the same route as the Sprint option. The train is scheduled back at the Train Station at 12:00nn so if you can push yourself to do the 1/2 in two hours or less....you win!
This is a full marathon that also 'races the train.' Our marathon runners will depart at 8:30am and try to be back at the Train Station before the Train arrives at 12:00nn. Lots of Port Alberni trails, some hills, some beautiful scenery along the way.
DAY 2 - BIKE (Sunday, July 2nd, 2017)
The Smolt Bike Ride is a short 3 k venture through the Harbour Quay area and over to the new TYEE Landing operated by our Sponsor - The Port Alberni Port Authority.
The Sprint Bike Ride is an approximate 16.2 k ride out to beautiful China Creek Campground and Marina. It features ~ 6.2 k on the Bamfield Road (gravel) so there is a bit of a challenge for you. Options once at China Creek are to stay at your 'Campsite' and enjoy the rest of the day there or catch a ride back with us either by water or auto.
The feature Bike Ride of our Event. A full ~ 90 k out to Bamfield BC on the west coast of the Island. Most of the ride is along the challenging Bamfield Road. You are racing the MV Frances Barkley which takes ~ 5.5 hours to reach Bamfield thus your target is an arrival by 1:30pm. Once there you'll be escorted out to nearby Pachena Bay (stunning place) where Huu-ay-aht First Nation are going to treat you to a Salmon Feast right on the beach. Sockeye! Riders will be transported back to Port Alberni either by the Frances Barkley or other means.
Not for the faint at heart. This is a full round trip to/from Bamfield. ~ 180 k again mostly the Bamfield Road. Riders have the option of stopping at Bamfield/Pachena to enjoy the Salmon Feast (see Challenge) or they can simply turn around and head back to Port Alberni.
DAY 3 - SWIM (Monday, July 3rd, 2017)
All swims start and finish at the Sproat Lake Provincial Park beside the Boat Launching area. The Smolts will head out on the water for a 100m swim - 50m out and back.
The Sprint Swimmers will enjoy a 500m swim out from where they should be able to see the Mighty Martin Mars Water Bomber to their right. The swim heads out 250m and turns around.
Our feature Swim covering a distance of 2000m. The map shows it well. Swimmers will follow the route heading toward the famed Petroglyphs on Sproat Lake - carved centuries ago. Swimmers should also be able to see the Martin Mars and friends / family can snap some photographs of them along the route.
The Iconic Swim covers the same route as the Challenge but includes an exit from the water on the first loop and then a repeat! An amazing swim in one of the most beautiful lakes in the entire Country!