Athletes from around the world will be descending on the Bragg Creek area this summer to compete in a number of popular events.
As the gateway to Kananaskis Country runners, cyclists and hikers from around the world flock to Bragg Creek to take in the breathtaking views, but also test their mettle in world class competition.
The Transrockies Challenge and Powderface 42 were among the most popular annual events, but now they have been folded into the Kananaskis 3, which is part of the Transrockies Race Series.
The Transrockies Kananaskis 3 could be described as among the most difficult challenges ever held in the Bragg Creek area.
Jonathon McLeod, marketing manager for the Transrockies Race Series, said competitors from around the world will be in southern Alberta this July to compete in the new K-3 event.
The K-3 is a three-stage event held over three days (July 4-6) with day one being a 13 km run from West Bragg Creek, day two (aptly named the Powderface42) is a 43 km marathon and the final day, called the Little Bow 24, is a 24km half-marathon.
“Alberta is such an active province and it seems everyone either runs or bikes,” said McLeod. “These events are different because every one of the locations are special. People are not downtown pounding the pavement, they are running on the side of a mountain with spectacular views.”
The K-3 is limited to 150 runners each day and although the majority of the competitors will run each leg McLeod said people are welcome to run just one or two legs of the event as well.
“This has something for everyone whether you are a beginner or a ultra-marathoner,” he said.
Another event to be held this year is the Gran Fondo Highwood Pass cycling event on July 12.
Although 147 km ride, the Gran Fondo Highwood Pass offers a rewarding challenge for the weekend warrior, hardcore roadie or triathlete-in-training. Riders of all abilities will appreciate the opportunity to ride at their own pace, enjoy first class support and enjoy the ride.
The ride starts at Longview School and heads west through Kananaskis Country to the Stoney Nakoda Resort.
For more information on these events see www.transrockies.com