THE DIVIDE 200

September 11-16, 2023

Alberta's first and Canada's only 200-mile Ultra

The stuff legends are made of... The culmination of 21 years of living, playing, and working in the Rocky Mountains.

We are deep into the planning process for The Divide 200, which will be based primarily in Southern Alberta. The route includes the Castle/Crownest/Flathead region of the southern Rockies. The race will celebrate our Rocky Mountain heritage, and highlight portions of the stunning Great Divide Trail. Our vision for The Divide 200 is to keep you up high and enjoying the varied landscape of the Continental Divide. Explore the Southern Canadian Rockies.

The course is a combination of single track, double track, a small amount of road, cross country, and even a bit of bushwhacking and scrambling. The race is about alpine travel, ridge walks, and getting you into remote back country.

This event is for people with a great deal of both race experience and alpine experience. There will be some sections of route finding even though it is a prescribed course; the terrain can just be really gnarly out there.

Checkpoints will be every 20 to 40km apart, depending on the section of the race. Flagging will be less frequent than at our other events, and primarily at junctions with more in critical areas. Competitors are required to carry a Garmin inReach for both route-find and safety.

The race is open to solo competitors, and it will be capped at 100 entrants. Registration will be both by vetting past race results and then a lottery. We are offering a large prize purse for the top three female and male competitors with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers receiving $5,000, $2,500, and $1,750 respectively.†

Follow The Divide 200 group on Facebook for updates as they happen.

Are you ready to put your name into the lottery? There is no fee to enter the lottery and the payment terms will be announced in late November. GO HERE TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION FORM.

NEWS

Here is what you can expect for the next steps from us:

  • November 23 - course reveal + online walkthrough*
  • December 4 - close lottery
  • December 5 - draw lottery - live, online
  • December 12 - a nonrefundable $200 deposit is required to hold a spot
  • December 13 - second draw from the lottery if required
  • February 15 - final payment due
  • February 15 and onward - draw from the waiting list as needed

*OK, so... the course will be announced in its draft form. We are working with four separate government agencies, and they all have yet to say yes to our proposal. On November 23 we will reveal the race route, noting that changes could happen. Each of the four jurisdictions has the information and we've started the permit process already. This isn't our first rodeo so we believe that everything we proposed will work but we changes could happen.

Why did we announce the race before having permits? Because permits can take a really, really long time and y'all need to plan. We will be hosting the race from September 11-16, even if there are changes to the route.

Race Details

We will continue to add infomration to the Racer Information Package as it becomes available.


Date/Start Time:

September 11-16, 2023

  • Monday
    • 4:00pm-8:00pm – Racer Check-in
    • 5:30pm-7:00pm – Welcome Dinner
    • 7:00pm – Mandatory Racer Meeting
    • 8:00pm – Volunteer Meeting
  • Tuesday
    • 8:00am – Race Start
  • Saturday
    • 8:00am – Race Ends - Final Cutoff
    • 5:00pm-7:00pm – Awards and Post-Race Dinner
Host Sites:
Castle Mountain Resort, Alberta and Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
Distance:
200-Miles / 322km
Elev. Gain/Loss:
41,000'/41,000' - 12,500m/12,500m (to be verified)
Duration:
96 hours
Course:
Registration Cap:
100 racers total
Registration Opens:
December 1; 12:00hrs (MST)
Registration Deadline:
August 30; 23:59hrs (MST) or when full
Support Crew:
A support crew (someone to move your gear and food) will be able to meet you at specific points, although we will have amply stocked aid stations - a crew is not mandatory
Pacers:
Pacers will be allowed on select sections of the race
Aid Stations (CPs):
  • CPs are located between 20km and 40km apart
  • Runners are allowed to cache gear any major station (TBA)
  • CPs are staffed and have drinking water available - most will have a variety of food options
  • While you can nap anywhere, we will have designated sleeping areas at major aid stations
Categories:
  • Female Solo
  • Male Solo
Entry Fee:
$1,700 (Canadian) per person*
*GST not included. Prices subject to change without notice.
Prizing:
  • 1st (female/male) – $5,000† cash + prizes
  • 2nd (female/male) – $2,500† cash + prizes
  • 3rd (female/male) – $1,750† cash + prizes
  • We also have many awards for the unsung heroes of the race.
† All prizes are in Canadian dollars
Mandatory Gear:
See the Race Rules. Note that we will make additions and changes as required.


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