The race unexpectedly filled past the 420 mark after a few days. This was not anticipated as last year required two months to fill… We overbook the race, anticipating cancellations (see registration page for details regarding the credit system)
NO MANAGED WAITLIST. If a spot opens, it will be “Walmart on Black Friday” on the system. Note that openings likely won’t happen until July to coincide with the first rash of trail injuries.
Here are some fine races to consider, in our area:
Black Spur Ultra – 100km, 50km with challenging elevation in Kimberley BC, Aug 20-21
River’s Edge Ultra – 50mile solo or relay with woodland trails and river crossings in Devon AB (west of Edmonton), late September and opening soon
Iron Legs Ultra – 50mile, 60km mountain race near Bragg Creek AB, mid August and opening soon
Moose Mountain – 42km, 29km, 16km mountain race near Bragg Creek AB. Aug 27
Iron Horse Ultra – 100mile, 100km woodland race near St. Paul AB, Oct 1
*NEW Beaver Flat 50 – 50k river valley race (2500m climbing) in Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park (just north of Swift Current, SK), Sept 17
To order a Lost Soul Rock, you have two options depending on when you want to get the rock. Contact Ron Bain at Bacon2@telus.net
- To have your rock ready at package pickup: Lost Soul logo rock with your name and distance, without a finishing time. Cost $55. Order deadline is August 9.
- If you can pickup your rock a few weeks after the race: Lost Soul logo rock with your name, distance, and finishing time. Cost $65. Rock can be ordered on race weekend
If you earn a top 3 rock (some categories will be top 5) and want your name and time blasted into it, Ron can do that for $20 and it will be available a few weeks after the race.
Note that for this year, we will be adding 40% more rocks to the category prizes. Most categories will be top 5 (where there are at least 10 racers in that category).
All three aid stations can be found on this one link: http://lostsoul.ivolunteer.com/lostsoul2015
All volunteers will receive a coveted technical t-shirt and your name will be entered for some cool prize draws. If you volunteer for more than one shift, you will also receive a Lost Soul Ultra buff.
After volunteering for a time slot, you will receive a confirmation email – you MUST reply to that email within 10 minutes to confirm your spot.
If you need to make any changes, such as changing a shift, just log back into your ivolunteer account.
Lost Soul Ultra has maintained its status as a 100km qualifier for the Western States 100. We are the only 100km event in Canada to act as a qualifier after Western States reduced the number of qualifying races available in the world.
Watch this website as registration will open in December/January.
The Lost Soul Ultra Marathon will take place the weekend following Labour Day in Lethbridge, Alberta. The 100 mile and 100 km events start at 8:00am Friday morning with 35 hours to finish. The 50 km event starts Saturday at 7:00am with 12 hours to finish. The trail course runs through the river valley coulees on public and private land. In this event, 300 ultra-marathoners race against each other, the elements, and the unrelenting hills. Less than 150 years ago, these valleys were the site of the last major First Nations battle on Canadian soil between the Blackfoot and Cree Confederacies.
The course resembles a pair of stacked figure-eights. The three aid stations are located at the intersection points with segment distances varying from 7 to 16 km. Elevation gain or loss is approximately 1000 metres with 13 significant hills over the 53km loop. Although we are on the prairies, our river valley can feel like the Grand Canyon. Top race times are around 5 hours for the 50k, 11+ hours for the 100km and 21+ hours for the 100 mile event.
The race organizers continue to keep the race small to maintain memorable running experiences. One racer commented: “Thank you to all the organizers and thanks and hugs to all volunteers, you made it possible for me to finish and enjoy spending time at each station. I will be back next year for sure.” Check out our Facebook page to read more racer comments and reports.
Here is the link to the video of Dr. Michael Galbraith’s presenation to the Lethbridge running community on June 11, 2013. http://youtu.be/xaJFJ21LRtM
Here are the Powerpoint slides in a PDF format. Ultramarathon injuries presentation – Dr Michael Galbraith June 2013