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On August 31, 2013 mountain bikers will challenge an enduro style race and on Sunday September 1 runners can compete in an ultra trail-run race. In both the biking and the running events, racers can choose if they want to do the whole 36km course solo, or split it amongst a team of up to 5 people. The $250 team fee is the same regardless of team size and the solo fee is $80. Team captains may add, delete or substitute team member names any time after registration until 14 days prior to the event at no cost. In the relay categories, awards will be presented in three classes: all male, all female and mixed.
“Grizzly Mountain Events is very excited about expanding their Canadian series to include a spectacular two day event at the world class Panorama Mountain Village. The addition of the Saturday Mountain Bike event will appeal to the established Panorama mountain biking community,” states Tony Smith Event Director with Grizzly Mountain Events.
“The five legs of the Grizzly Panorama Mountain trail running and mountain bike course offer varied terrain and difficulty levels suitable for all abilities. The solo category will appeal to more seasoned trail enthusiasts looking to take on the challenge of tackling all 5 legs,” continues Mr. Smith.
The first leg is a 3 km sprint on fairly flat ground. The second leg, although only 4 km, is likely the most difficult due to its half kilometer vertical ascent. Leg three is long at 10km but it is mostly downhill. Both leg four and five are about 10 km with leg five being shorter, slightly less hilly and rated less difficult.
The Grizzly Mountain Event expects the Panorama races to draw in about 500 participants in total. “The September 1 Panorama event is perfectly positioned on the Grizzly Mountain Events calendar as a stepping stone towards the very popular October 13 Grizzly Canmore Ultra Marathon & Relay. Last year’s Canmore event hosted almost 1,000 runners. Many of the Canmore participants have their sights set on Panorama,” according to Mr. Smith.
“We are delighted to host these new events at Panorama as we continue to add to the repertoire of experiences,” commented Panorama’s Race Training & Mountain Events Manager Patrick Gillespie.
Registration is now open for both events and more details can be found HERE.