HOOK OR CROOK

New Date: October 16, 2021


50k • Relay

"When I was planning this race, I tapped into a sort of frontier spirit. I wanted racers to face the elements and terrain like the early European explorers, and with that same sense of wonder. Hope, determination, and by any means necessary."

~ Brian Gallant - Race Director

Fall in the Rockies is a special time and Mother Nature can throw anything at you. It could be hot, or it could rain and snow. You're likely to be in snow at some point, especially at higher elevations. Fall snow is usually soft and sugary, and there is something magical about running and glissading down the slopes when it's warm outside. You do not need any climbing equipment for this race; you will mostly be on your feet, unless you choose to slide. October also tends to be a drier month here, with the occasional freak snowstorm. Good times!

How it Works

Run, snowshoe, or slide your way across the wild and rugged 50km course. Choose your your gear based on the conditions that you encounter. You can use any reasonable, self-propelled, non-motorized, non-mechanical means of getting around (but no skis - insurance doesn't like skiing). Just ask if you aren't sure.

You will be able to stash a drop bag at CP1 and CP4, so use that to your advantage. We will give course updates in the week leading up to the race so that you know if it's a big snow year, average, or dry. Alpine areas will always have snow in May, so choose wisely how you want to carry gear or arrange your drop bags.

Hook or Crook Ultra is hosted at Pass Powderkeg Ski Lodge in Blairmore. The course takes advantage of the long and diverse trail network in the surrounding area. You will get up into some alpine areas that are accessible, even in the snow (with some hard work).

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Race Swag

Here are are few of the cool things you'll be getting at Hook or Crook Ultra. A custom toque, a custom flask in collaboration with HydraPak and GU Energy Labs, a hand-crafted medal, and a race tee (cotton or tech).

Custom Crowsnest ToqueCustom HydraPak FlaskCustom Shirt

Race Details

Full race info is in the Racer Information Package.


Date/Start Time:
Note: the race has been rescheduled due to Covid restrictions
  • Friday, October 15
    • 2:00pm-9:00pm – Racer Check-in
    • 7:00pm – Racer Meeting
    • 7:45pm – Volunteer Meeting
  • Saturday, October 16
    • 7:00am – Race Start
    • 10:00pm – Race Ends
  • Sunday, October 17
    • 10:00am – Awards (online unless restrictions are lifted)
Host Site/Start/Finish:
Pass Powderkeg Ski Lodge
Crowsnest Pass (Blairmore), Alberta
Distance:
50km
Elev. Gain/Loss:
1,870m / 1,870m
Duration:
15 hours
Course:
Registration Cap:
300 racers total
Registration Opens:
January 11; 12:00hrs (MST)
Registration Deadline:
September 15; 23:59hrs (MST) or when full
Support Crew:
A support crew (someone to move your gear and food) is not recommended at this time due to Covid-19
Aid Stations (CPs):
  • CPs are located throughout each stage
  • All stages have at least one CP
  • Runners are allowed to cache gear at the Start Area, CP1, and CP4 – we will move it to these two CPs for you
  • CPs are staffed and have drinking water available - go to our Aid Station list to see what supplies we will have
Categories:
  • Female Solo
  • Male Solo
  • Co-ed Team
  • Female Team
  • Male Team
Entry Fee:
$220 per person*
*GST not included. Prices subject to change without notice.
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