The Kananaskis 100-Mile relay came back stronger than ever after one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history.
The scenic run once again had strong participation in 2014, one year after having to cancel the event due to the flood of 2013.
“We had really good numbers and everyone was glad we were back,” said Cheryl Lowery, Hostelling International special events manager.
This year’s run will take place on June 20 in Longview. 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.
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 — where runners can partake in a western Alberta barbecue day.
Although a competitive race, it is more laid back than a spring day in the Rocky Mountains.
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 his or her favourite relay team.
The highly organized event is a past top 10 finalist for Alberta’s Best Road Race. 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
Caption: The Kananaskis 100-Mile relay returns this year for the second time since the 2013 flood.