Planning a mountain getaway and searching for a fun-filled activity suitable for the whole family? Fun runs are a great option for anyone looking for some friendly competition during their time in the mountains.
Get outdoors and get some great exercise and hilarious laughs taking part in these Mountain Fun Runs across Western Canada from June to September 2017
Planning a mountain getaway and searching for a fun-filled activity suitable for the whole family? Fun runs are a great option for anyone looking for some friendly competition during their time in the mountains. Mingle with locals, work up a sweat, and discover new sights and experiences of your vacation destination in an unforgettable way.
For beginner runners and veterans alike, participating in a shorter fun run or an obstacle course provides the perfect opportunity to work as a team, test your limits, and – as the name suggests – have fun! The following fun runs are located in some of Western Canada’s most iconic mountain locations, and only a short distance from city stopovers… giving you no reason not to sign up. This summer, compete solo or with your friends and family members while soaking up the sun and enjoying the views.
Tough Mudder is perhaps one of the most well-known international obstacle courses, and takes place year-round in cities across the world. Whistler, B.C. provides a snow-capped mountain backdrop for this annual endurance challenge.
Participants compete in teams, and in three different categories: the “Half” (8k and 13 obstacles); the “Full” (10k and 20+ obstacles); and the competitive wave (timed runs for cash prizes). Though it’s always encouraged to face your fears in the obstacle course – which can vary from climbing a 15-foot wall to jumping through fire – you can pick or choose which stations to attempt. For those racing against the clock, training can begin months before for a chance to place in the coveted top 3.
For city-dwelling athletes who want a fun day on the mountain, or for guests staying in the Squamish and Whistler area, this race combines teamwork and perseverance, and always draws a crowd.
Another obstacle course with just as much atmosphere, but for those looking for an easier run, is the annual 5K Foam Fest in Sun Peaks. The perfect event for families (but designed for everyone), this hugely popular event attracts visitors as well as locals. Sun Peaks, one of B.C.’s largest destination ski resorts, is also a popular spot in the summer months. Summer guests to the area can take a break from hiking, fishing, and golf to participate in this annual obstacle event.
The 5K Foam Fest involves 22 obstacles, complete with foam machines, slip and slides, and mud pits. Dress for the mess, and take a day out of your mountain getaway to hurdle, crawl, and roll to the finish line.
From June to September, Foam Fest takes place in locations across Canada, so if you can’t make it to Sun Peaks for the summer, or have already planned a trip to Alberta, check out the event in Red Deer on June 24th, or Edmonton for July 1st.
Located at Canyon Ski Resort in Red Deer between Edmonton and Calgary, Mud Hero Alberta is Canada’s largest obstacle event. Mud Hero is the perfect opportunity for Alberta locals and visitors alike to compete and challenge themselves in an encouraging and positive team environment.
Runners complete 18+ obstacles and 6k while scaling walls and hills, and racing through pits of water and mud. For those looking for an additional challenge, Mud Hero also offers an Ultra 10K event that includes five more difficult obstacles. The Mud Hero for Kids event allows children ages 4 to 12 to participate in a kid-friendly version of the original. Runners can register individually or in a team, and all finishers gain entry to the Mud Bash celebration, complete with live band, DJs, and complimentary drinks.
Participants dodge zombies, obstacles, and mud pits to reach the finish line in the Zombie Survivor race in Alberta. Register as either a runner with a team, or as a zombie, and experience the Bow Valley Trail (located between Canmore and Calgary) in an unforgettable way.
Similar to the game of Capture the Flag, Zombie Survivor offers zombie-lovers a unique 5k run where winners must complete the race without getting “caught” by a zombie. Every runner begins the race with three flags (“lives”) worn on a belt, and they must navigate obstacles and the living dead to reach the finish line with at least one life left.
This race is a fun obstacle run suitable for families, and tends to sell out quickly. For guests planning to explore the Bow Valley Trail, or who are staying in nearby Canmore and Banff, Zombie Survivor may be the adrenaline rush day trip you don’t want to miss.
For some athletes, all races are fun runs – especially when they provide breathtaking mountain views along the way. The Canmore Rocky Mountain Half Marathon is an ideal race located in Canmore, AB for road runners who want a taste of The Rockies, but without the steep running trails. Wind through lush woodlands and run alongside streams and across bridges while taking in the mountain view.
For guests staying in Canmore or in nearby mountain towns, and who may not have been training for a half marathon, they can register for the 5k or 10k races that take place on the same day. These begin in the city’s historic centre, and make their way along the Bow River with views of Ha Ling Peak and the Three Sisters. Prefer walking to fully soak in the scenery? Both the 5k and 10k events are welcome to runners and walkers alike.
The Get Happy Run Series takes place from July 1 through to October, and puts on three separate fun run events. The Get Corked event in Kamloops is a summertime race for all wine and running lovers in the Okanagan area. For non-runners who enjoy wine tours, the race is a great way to taste some of the Okanagan’s prize winning wines while getting in a little exercise along the way.
Choose from a 5k or 10k race, and register alone or with a group of 4+. During the run through Harper’s Trail, participants can enjoy wine en route and wine at the finish line, along with other treats and prizes. Team members can dress up, or race for their personal best – Get Corked is a race suitable for anyone over 19 who wants to enjoy the sunshine and Okanagan charm.
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Guests planning their winter vacation in advance can really get a head start by registering for Alberta’s Blitz Snowshoe Fun Run & Walk in March. For runners yearning for more races in the winter, the Blitz Snowshoe Fun Run & Walk is a unique opportunity to enjoy the views of The Rockies while challenging themselves and trying something a little different.
Walkers and runners can choose between the 5k or 10k races, which take place in Banff and Jasper National Park. Both offer scenic mountain views, but for those looking for an intense trek, the 10k offers a course with varied trails and challenging elevation gain. Participants receive snowshoe rental discounts upon registration, but can also opt to bring their own. Whether you’re looking to test your snowshoe skills, or are already seasoned at the sport, this race is suitable for all levels.