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Kananaskis 100 relay race makes a comeback

After being cancelled last summer due to the spring flood, the 28th annual Kananaskis 100 Mile Relay Race (K-100) will be held on June 21.

Starting in Longview, participants in this running competition will wind their way down Highway 541 towards the majestic Rocky Mountains. Runners travel along the Highwood Pass and continue into the Kananaskis Valley. The relay race ends in Nakiska in Kananaskis Country.

The K-100 is a major fundraiser for Hostelling International Canada’s Pacific Mountain Region, and monies raised are used to maintain and develop regional hostels and fund special projects.

Cheryl Lowery, Hostelling International special events manager, said it will be a special day to be back after having to cancel last year’s event due to the disaster.

“It is going to be really emotional,” said Lowery. “A huge part of it will be having the running community back out, I think that will be kind of cathartic.”

Although Lowery said there may be a dip in registration this year due to the fact it was not held in 2013, she is confident the runners will return.

Why? They will be back because their love of the event. In 2010 and 2012, runners from across the province chose the K-100 as one of the top 10 best road races in Alberta.

Lowery said even though it is a competition, the K-100 is a friendly race.

“There is a real sense of family and camaraderie throughout the whole day.”

The event attracts competitors from across Alberta, western Canada and the United States.

The 10-person team relay race consists of 10 stages with varying levels of distances and difficulty. Everyone is encouraged to come out and cheer on their favourite relay team. The K-100 relay is popular and is limited to 180 teams, so participants are encouraged to sign up early. For more information or to register visit www.hihostels.ca

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