The Lost Soul Ultra Marathon will take place the weekend following Labour Day in Lethbridge, Alberta. The 100 mile (33 hours) and 100 km (21 hours) events start at 9:00am Friday morning. The 50 km event starts Saturday at 7:00am with 11 hours to finish. The trail course runs through the river valley coulees on public and private land. In this event, 320 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.