Disclaimer: I am a 5 Peaks Trail Crew Leader (Ambassador); however, all opinions in this review are my own.
I’ve been looking forward to the first 5 Peaks trail race of the season and it’s a good one. It is also my first Enduro race ever so I was excited and nervous at the same time. Last year, I didn’t do so well on the descent at Credit Line. I was curious to see if I improved after 1 year. You’ll have to read on and find out.
The 5 Peaks Alice Lake Enduro course is about 13 km and takes you by 4 different lakes. There’s a lot of climbing (over 450 m of elevation gain) and you’ll be treated to a variety of non-technical to technical terrain. I think it’s mostly technical which is good for you mountain goats.
Enduro racers run the Sport course but with an additional loop that takes you to the Rupert and Tazer trails with the crazy wave bridge and doghouse. There were also boulders you had to go over. Once you get back on the main trail you descend on Credit Line and at the bottom, it’s a long, slight incline to the finish.
How Did I Do?
Overall, I think I did pretty well. Descending Credit Line last year took me way out of my comfort zone and I pledged to improve that. While I’m still a cautious runner, I’m happy to report that I managed to cut 7 minutes off my time on just that descent. Had I done the Sport course, it would’ve been a PB but I wanted the distance to get used to longer trail runs.
While it was a gruelling experience (so much climbing) I had a great time and finished with a gigantic smile on my face. There’s still a lot of room for improvement, which I’ll be focusing on in the next few months. Squamish 23k is just around the corner and that will be a true test.
Volunteer for the Next Race!
Cuski and I went early to volunteer pre and post-race. We were working at the bag check area and helped tear down afterwards. We loved being a part of this race in a behind the scenes way as well. After all, it’s good to give back to the community you love. If you are interested in volunteering at the next race, email email@example.com. If you volunteer at a race for 4 or more hours, you are eligible for a free entry to a future race! Racing for free is always a plus but you’ll also feel good knowing that you’re supporting your trail community.
Who Loves Discounts?
If you’re still not convinced, how about a discount code? Use TRAILCREW2018 and get 10% off your entry. Register for Golden Ears here. Hope to see you there! There will be water crossings like this!
Organization – Very organized as usual. Now that I’ve volunteered, I was able to see the team behind the race and it was a great group. Everybody was well-coordinated (thanks Annie) and worked hard to get everything ready by the time runners arrived. The only downside is that they opted not to have the Vancouver to Alice Lake shuttle this year. It was a bummer but it all worked out in the end anyway. They were really on top of encouraging everyone to carpool since parking was very limited. Everyone was a great sport about it though!
Course – Fun yet challenging, also guaranteed to satisfy a downhill phenom
Swag – While there are no participant medals, 5 Peaks makes up for that with great swag. The first of the series are these amazing 5 Peaks pom pom toques. They rank way up there in my favourite swag list.
Would I Do it Again? Of course! I’ll need to see if I’ve improved over last year. Plus, the course is super fun.
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