SURVIVAL RUN NICARAGUA was a roaring success. Despite the <4% (2 of 51 runner) finish rate, we saw some strong performances and met some great athletes. Finishers, and select non-finishers who put in remarkable performances, have received complementary or discounted entries to SURVIVAL RUN CANADA.
SURVIVAL RUN™ CANADA is an 80km+ Ultra Distance Survival Race on the granitic flanks of the Howe Sound fjord, in British Columbia, an hour north of Vancouver. This race will push you in ways you have probably never been challenged and take you to some of the most spectacular terrain that any race accesses. The obstacles/challenges are natural and based on the history and current adventure pursuits of the area. The race starts and finishes in the adventure sports hub of Squamish.
This is not your average ultra marathon, adventure race or obstacle course. You will not be scaling wooden walls, doing burpees, kayaking or only running for hours on end, but you will be doing things you have never done before! You will be challenged with rock climbing, swimming, carrying all sorts of things, digging, running brutal terrain, throwing, and surviving in this epic event! Most of the course and challenges are not revealed until race day; be ready for anything! However, follow us on Instagram at @SurvivalRunCanada and we will drop you hints from time to time.
This race has aggressive cutoffs (expect a finish rate below 30%!) and requires ultra marathon distance experience - athletes must demonstrate to the Race Director's satisfaction, that they came travel safely and have a reasonable chance of progressing through the race. Suggested, though not specifically required, experience includes having completed, within the previous year, two ultra marathons of at least 50km over technical terrain or one 100km ultra marathon over technical terrain, or front-of-field performance in a major endurance obstacle course races, such as Ultra Beast or World's Toughest Mudder will count in your favour, but no particular experience will guarantee acceptance.
As this is the first year that Survival Run Canada is being run, there are no YouTube videos or blog reports to guide your preparations. Look to Survival Run Nicaragua and Australia to get a feel for the ethos and attitude. Watch the exploits of Squamish athletes to suss out the terrain you will have to negotiate. Now, after you mix a large spoon of cement with your breakfast cereal and HARDEN UP. sign up for this wild ride!!
Registration is now open! You can register HERE... there is no application step this year - if you feel you are up to it, you are welcome to step right up!
Registrations are not transferable between Survival Run races or people. No refunds will be granted.
You can follow us on Instagram at @SurvivalRunCanada to focus on this race, or @FuegoyAgua to keep up with developments for all Survival Run races. We will be posting profile photos of racers as they register, as well as race developments. @SurvivalRunCanada will also be dropping hints to help you prepare.... take note of these!!
Awards for SURVIVAL RUN™ 1st Place Male, 1st Place Female.
Applicants must have previous experience to satisfy the Race Director they can travel safely, to be considered for entry! Accepted applicants will receive a registration link via our Registration System. The race director will issue complete rules over time, but these rules will form the basis and show the spirit.
This is a summary of rules. Rules can and will be modified with time. The definitive and final set of rules will be posted at the race venue in advance of the race, where after race officials reserve the right to make rulings which may update or provide exceptions to the rules. Any decision by a race official may be appealed to the race director, but will only be over-turned in exceptional circumstances.
Gear Check may take place at any time from the mandatory race briefing to the Finish line - be ready to lay it out in an organized fashion so we can make sure you have all of the required gear. Mandatory gear must be carried throughout the race - failure to present full gear on demand is grounds for a disqualification. Possession of any prohibited items at any time after the start of the race will result in disqualification (if prohibited items are found at a start-line gear check, race officials will allow the racer to hand the items to a third party for safe keeping, but will not accept it themselves.)
We recommend you pack light, as cutoffs are aggressive and the terrain brutal. If you start the race with it, you must carry it all of the way through and finish the race with it, unless you place it in a recognized trash can! Marking your gear with your name is recommended. Each participant must have all of the required gear on this list.
SURVIVAL RUN CANADA is excited to partner with a number of high-quality local businesses to help runners focus on the race. These include:
ESCAPE ROUTE, Squamish's premier home-grown mountaineering store. Located centrally in Squamish, the store will provide a one-stop-shop for buying any items on the required or recommended gear list (except cell phones and insurance!) at 10% off retail. This takes the stress out of tracking down items you don't already have. It is recommended you contact the store in advance to confirm they have the correct size available.
Sweaty Yeti is working with the same partners for equipment and accommodation as last year, plus some exciting new ones, so watch this space for developments!
This insurance needs to cover you during SURVIVAL RUN. You are REQUIRED to carry this Insurance if you are in the race and are not a resident of Canada. Residents of Canada must sign an additional waiver and show their proof of valid provincial medical insurance. If you have similar insurance with our minimum required coverage through another provider and can provide a valid Certificate of Proof, please send it to us AFTER your have completed your Race Application & Registration.
Please read through the web page and understand what is included with your race registration very carefully.
While we will be as helpful as is possible, unless advertised on the event description, we do not provide lodging, transportation, reservation support or any other travel related amenities.
If a runner should require hospitalization he/she MUST provide their own health insurance in order to cover all costs.
SURVIVAL RUNNERS are REQUIRED to provide their own international travel insurance before participating in an international event.
If there are any questions about these policies, or how to register, please contact the Race Director at email@example.com
Following in the footsteps of Survival Run Nicaragua's infamous Devil's Double, the Tantalus Double involves running both SURVIVAL RUN CANADA and the POKOSHA 50, within three days of each other. This is not an easy feat and we only expect a handful of people to attempt the Double each year.
Anyone who successfully completes the Tantalus Double is entitled to one free entry into any Sweaty Yeti race within the following year.
Registration for the Pokosha 50 coming soon.
Travelling a long way for a race can be full of challenges - how to get from the airport to the race location, which accommodations offer good value for money, where are good places to eat, where can I get equipment I might need? We want to take away as much of this stress for getting to Survival Run Canada... since we plan to pile at least as much stress onto you during the race!!
You can purchase these options when you register, or by emailing the Race Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject to availability. Purchases are charged in full at time of booking, and may be cancelled for a 50% refund until 30 days before the effective date.
Transfer to Squamish. We are providing transfers from the Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver to Squamish for $35 per person each way. The shuttles leave the Quay at 11am each day on August 21-25, and returning on August 27, 28, 30 and 31 (NOT 29). From Vancouver Airport (YVR) you can take a taxi or the Canada Line SkyTrain (c.$12/person) into downtown Vancouver, and then the Seabus (water taxi) from Waterfront Station takes you to the Lonsdale Quay; bank on taking two hours from arriving at the SkyTrain station at YVR to arriving at Lonsdale Quay.
Accommodation. We are excited to have partnered with two great establishments to offer you a range of accommodation options. Survival Run Canada is not marking these prices up in any way - we are passing these straight through to give you the best deals possible! (Plus taxes.)
Concierge. Do you want someone to help you with restaurant bookings, guided tours, spa bookings, or extra help with any aspect? Do you want a personal assistant for the little things? We can help you!! For a $50 registration fee, you will be put on our VIP list, and you will have a personal assistant on 24/7 call for $50/hr plus expenses.
Equipment, Restaurants, Tourist Attractions. Survival Run Canada is working to build partnerships in these areas... watch for updates!
Do you have any other questions or needs? Let us know, and we will do our best to help you?
If you are interested in volunteering on this event, please email the race director at email@example.com