Columbia Valley & East Kootenay
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Headbanger Trail Challenge
Sep 24, 2016 11:00 am| $5 - $50
Headbanger Trail Challenge 2016 is about to get underway. If you are thinking that the name is rather odd, it’s really quite simple once you understand that every year in the autumn, the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep move from their summer abode in the higher elevations down to their winter campgrounds where food is easier to obtain. That winter campground, for many of them of course, is Radium Hot Springs.
Visitors love to see them wandering across the roads in the village and munching on the greenery on the front lawns of the residents. It has become, over the years, a major tourist attraction. Of course, autumn is the rutting season for the males in the herd and the sound of heads banging is familiar. Thus the name Headbanger for this annual autumn trail run.
The Headbanger Trail Challenge is the brainchild of local running guru, Ron Verboom. Ron has run the trails around Radium Hot Springs for many years. He decided one day that it was time to map out a challenging course and invite runners from all over to come and experience the exhilaration he feels while running on Radium’s breathtaking (literally) trails. Hence, the birth of the annual Headbanger Trail Challenge!
After many years of being the race marshal, Ron has passed the reins of this run to the very capable folks at Crazy Soles of Invermere, BC.
The race will begin at the ball diamond at Legends Field. You can choose from the 1K, the 3K, the 5K or the 10K challenge (distances are approximate). The Course is a beautiful and adventurous route through the Sinclair Canyon Trails with multiple creek crossings! Prizes! Awards for top male and female in each distance
Registration is available in your choice of 4 ways. You can register:
Race Package Pick Up:
Will be available on Friday September 23rd at Crazy Soles and on the morning of the race between 9:00am-10:45am
Afterward, you can look forward to:
- a mini-massage for your poor, tired muscles from Jim McElroy
- a 1-hour stretch yoga class for participants and cheerleaders
- live music in the park by Sheberdean and the Postmistress
- a concession, courtesy of the Columbia Valley Figure Skating Club. Enjoy a hamburger or hot dog
The Headbanger Trail Challenge is a fundraiser with all profits going to support a local community initiative.
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