WHEN: August 26, 2017

WHERE: Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

WHAT: 36-Hour Endurance Survival Race


About Survival Run CANADA


SURVIVAL RUNCANADA is an 100km+ 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 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!

This race has aggressive cutoffs (expect a finish rate well below 50%!) and requires ultra marathon distance experience - athletes must have completed, within the previous year, two ultra marathons of at least 50km over technical terrain or one 100km ultra marathon over technical terrain, or otherwise be able to convince the organizers they will be able to safely race this terrain; completion of 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!!


Application fee (see Application Form): $20

Registration fee (once application has been approved, a private URL will be emailed to you): $550 until December 31, 2016; $650 until May 31, 2017; $750 until August 13, 2017.


Awards for SURVIVAL RUN™ 1st Place Male SOLO, Female SOLO & TEAM categories.

If I get hurt, lost or die, it is my own damn fault!
— Caballo Blanco
The only proof of wanting it more, is suffering more
— Matt Fitzgerald


Applicants must have previous ultra distance experience 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.

  1. No whining! SURVIVAL RUN™ CANADA is hard and dangerous: only big kids should race this. We expect well under half the field to finish the course - don't come expecting a medal: come expecting to learn about yourself.
  2. Entry is by Application only with limited entry. Applications are approved and entry is taken on a "first come, first served" basis. Previous SURVIVAL RUN participants are also required to use the application process for a future SURVIVAL RUN
  3. Learn to climb rocks, mountains, and anything else. Ropes and bars are for gyms. Hands are for more than grabbing food at aid stations.
  4. Runners must be physically able to run over 100km, as well as swim, climb, jump and carry heavy loads
  5. This race is self-supported!! NO FOOD OR WATER WILL BE PROVIDED ON COURSE.
  6. GPS Devices and altimeters of any type are not allowed, and course maps are not provided. The course will generally be marked, but runners must be able to follow directions and self-navigate when required.
  7. Overall Cutoff time for SURVIVAL RUN™ CANADA is 36 hours. Other cutoff times on the course will be announced pre-race. All cutoff times will be STRICTLY enforced. Note that this is substantially longer than other Survival Runs - but we still expect a finish rate below 50%! Runners who refuse to get off of the course past a cutoff time will be immediately disqualified and may be refused entry to future Survival Runs.  
  8. Runners who wish to drop out of the race must report to the nearest official before doing anything else! Those who do not respect this rule will be disqualified and banned from racing any future Survival Run or Sweaty Yeti events.
  9. Runners are not allowed to take rides of any sort during the course of the race. Motorcycles, Bicycles, Cars, Trucks, Horses, Cows, etc. are not allowed!
  10. Runners cannot help each other with challenges or carry loads for each other, except within teams; the only exception is helping each other with first aid. Anyone found cheating will be disqualified immediately! Runners cannot receive outside assistance, including medical aid, during race from anyone not in the race.
  11. Throwing trash out on the course is prohibited! Any runner found leaving trash on the course will be Immediately Disqualified!
  12. No crew, friends or family allowed anywhere but in the Start/Finish Area or specified Spectator Areas (which will be announced as the race develops).
  13. Runners must provide their own Adventure Sports Insurance, specific instructions are listed below.
  14. All challenges must be completed to be eligible for any prize and winner's trophy.
  15. Challenges must be completed in accordance with the safety instructions of race officials. For example, if a safety rope is provided on a climbing section, it is mandatory that it is used, even if you feel you could safely climb without it.
  16. The trails used by the race are open to, and used by, people outside the race - please be courteous and polite to other trail users at all time!
  17. Do not approach or harass wildlife. In particular, do not approach bears or try scare them off - we would hate for a bear to be killed because some ignorant twit caused the bear to attack.

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 all of this equipment 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.

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! Marking your gear with your name is recommended. Each participant, whether TEAM or SOLO category, must have all of the required gear on this list. 


  • GPS Devices
  • Altimeters


  • SPOT Tracker or other type of personal Satellite Tracker provided no maps or coordinates can be read by the racer in the field (racers may ask an official to seal any device they wish to carry which would otherwise fail this requirement - but the seal must remain unbroken)
  • GoPro or similar video camera


  • Sunscreen
  • Work gloves 


  1. Your Adventure Travel Insurance Policy covering the 25th to the 28th of August, 2017. **A Proof of Coverage Certificate is required before you begin the race - a copy must be given to race officials at packet pickup. Info is at bottom of this page. 
  2. $100 Canadian dollars or a credit card
  3. Water Carrier for at least 2L
  4. 100ft of Paracord (550 cord)
  5. Survival Blanket or Bivvy - We Recommend: SURVIVE OUTDOORS LONGER® ESCAPE LITE™ BIVVY 
  6. First Aid Survival Kit - We Recommend: ADVENTURE MEDICAL KITS ULTRALIGHT & WATERTIGHT .7 
  7. Water Purifier or tablets - We Recommend: LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
  8. Long Sleeve shirt or Jacket, hat, gloves, leggings/long pants made from synthetic insulating material  Mountains can become inhospitable very quickly! You will be away from shelter for many hours at a time
  9. Waterproof rain jacket with hood Again, mountains... we recommend breathable fabric
  10. Plenty of Food and Water and electrolytes! Know your race nutrition 100%. While there are several locations to refill water, mostly from natural streams, there will be few opportunities to purchase food, and no food will be provided at check points.
  11. TWO headlamps (or flashlights) with extra batteries for the main unit - waterproof is ideal; main unit at least 120 lumens, 180+ recommended
  12. UIAA-approved rock climbing harness and rock climbing helmet. - Yes, we are serious. Yes, you will use them. Yes, you need to know how to use them properly. No, you don't need rock climbing shoes, chalk, rope, or any other equipment... unless you feel you will be too fast and need a handicap weight!
  13. Foot spikes or crampons which fit properly on your running footwear and have spikes at least 3/4" (18mm) long. - We recommend Kahtoola Microspikes

We are working with local retailers to help source some of these items which may be difficult to find in other parts of the world.


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. 

  1. Visit one of the Websites linked below.  
  2. IMG Insurance Instructions (BEST FOR USA PARTICIPANTS): 
    1. Choose either Patriot Travel Medical Insurance or Patriot Platinum Travel Medical Insurance. This is your choice. 
    2. Purchase no less than $500,000 Maximum Coverage. 
    3. Deductible amount is up to you - remember this is 100% your responsibility! 
    4. YOU MUST choose SPORTS RIDER as Coverage Option. Any additional items are optional. 
    5. Coverage minimum is 5 days, make sure coverage is at least covering Friday March 10 through Sunday March 12, 2017. 
    1. hoose at least a minimum of the DELUXE Plan with with the Personal Accident Coverage. Any more than this is your choice.
    2. Make sure coverage is from Friday March 10 through Sunday March 12, 2017. Any more than this is your choice. 
  4. To Provide your Proof of Insurance to Race Officials:
    1. Up to 48 Hours Before Event only! - Email a PDF or Image to *DO NOT EMAIL YOUR CERTIFICATE WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE EVENT. 
    2. Bring Paper Proof of Insurance Certificate with you to Packet Pickup - including a copy for the race officials to put on file. *WE DO NOT ACCEPT SCREENSHOT IMAGES ON YOUR PHONE AS PROOF OF INSURANCE. 


  1. Please read through the web page and understand what is included with your race registration very carefully.

  2. 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. 

  3. If a runner should require hospitalization he/she MUST provide their own health insurance in order to cover all costs. 

  4. SURVIVAL RUNNERS are REQUIRED to provide their own international travel insurance before participating in an international event. 

  5. If you are looking to register for SURVIVAL RUN, it is by application only. Once your application is approved, you will receive an Invitation Email to register. 
  6. We do not guarantee you a shirt if you register within 30 days of any event. We will do our best to get extra shirts, but can definitely not guarantee your size. 
  7. We do not mail shirts before, during, or after an event. Please make sure you pick your shirt up during the event.
  8. Additional shirts and merchandise may be available for purchase at events. 
  9. We reserve the right to cancel an event due to severe weather or any other severe circumstances (including but not limited to war, terrorism, volcano eruptions, tornadoes, hurricanes, forest fires, tsunamis). If the race organization makes the decision that continuing the race is dangerous to the runner, we will not guarantee a refund. We will, however, do our best to give a discount or an entry into next year’s event. 
  10. NO REFUNDS at any time whatsoever.  
  11. Race Entries can NOT be transferred over to another runner. 
  12. Race Entries CANNOT be transferred to the following year.
  13. Race Entries CANNOT be transferred to a different event in another location. 
  14. 1st Place Finishers receive automatic free entry into their winning distance for the following year. If a runner wants to run a different distance, they are responsible for any differences in Registration Cost.


Following in the footsteps of Survival Run Nicaragua's infamous Devil's Double, the Squamish Skirmish 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 Skirmish each year. 

Anyone who successfully completes the Squamish Skirmish is entitled to one free entry into any Sweaty Yeti race within the following year.