Run for Water Trail Run

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Trail Run

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. — John Muir

The Run for Water Trail Races on Sumas Mountain will take place on Saturday, May 25, 2019. The trails are rugged single-track trails with vistas of the Fraser River and the gorgeous Fraser Valley. We are offering three challenging distances - 10K, 25K, and a 50K ultra with 3,000 metres of elevation gain!

Your entire race entry fee will be used to bring clean water to families for life in Shenaka, Ethiopia.

  • 10K Trail - $90 until Jan 31, then $100
  • 25K Trail - $105 until Jan 31, then $125
  • 50K Trail - $120 until Jan 31, then $150

Full payment is due at time of registration. Everything you donate or fundraise above the race entry fee is tax receiptable.

Important: 100% of your race entry fee will go to the water project, supporting families in Ethiopia. All of our event costs are covered by our generous sponsors.

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Race Results for the Run for Water Trail Run

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Run a 10K, 25K, or 50K trail race on Sumas Mountain

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10K Trail Run

  • Start 10:00 am, cut-off time 4:00 pm
  • 700 metres of elevation gain
  • Lepp Farm Market burger provided at the finish line
  • Bring your own water bottle to fill up along the course
  • Short-sleeve technical shirt included

Trail Elevation

10K Trail Run Elevation
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25K Trail Run

  • Start 8:00 am, cut-off time 4:00 pm
  • 1,500 metres of elevation gain
  • Lepp Farm Market burger provided at the finish line
  • Bring your own water bottle to fill up along the course
  • Short-sleeve technical shirt included

Trail Elevation

25K Trail Run Elevation
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50K Trail Run

  • Start 5:00 am, cut-off time 4:00 pm
  • 3,000 metres of elevation gain
  • Lepp Farm Market burger provided at the finish line
  • Bring your own water bottle to fill up along the course
  • Short and long-sleeve technical shirt included
  • Route is same as 25K but run twice in opposite directions
  • Earlier start time available. Contact race directors for details.

Trail Elevation

50K Trail Run Elevation
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Registration

Your entire race entry fee will be used to bring clean water to families for life in Shenaka, Ethiopia.

Full payment of race entry fee is due at time of registration.

  • 10K Trail - $90 until Jan 31, then $100
  • 25K Trail - $105 until Jan 31, then $125
  • 50K Trail - $120 until Jan 31, then $150
  • Everything you donate or fundraise above the race entry fee is tax receiptable.
  • You can switch to a shorter distance after registration at no cost. Please let us know one week before race day.
  • Important: 100% of your race entry fee will go to the water project, supporting families in Ethiopia. All of our event costs are covered by our generous sponsors.
  • No refunds; all funds received will support water projects in Ethiopia.

Race Package Pick-up

Race packages are to be picked up just before the race at the start/finish area. In order to allow enough time to get your packages and get all set up please arrive 30 - 60 min prior to the 10K and 25K races. Arrive 20-30 min early if you are running the 50K.

The 25K/50K Courses

What follows is a description of the 25K race route. People running the 50K race will run the 25K route twice; though in opposite directions. The second lap of the 50K will follow the direction described below.

Disclaimer: The following description is for informational purposes only and is not an accurate guide to be used for navigation. Any person who uses this to find their way around the course before race day does so at their own risk. The course will be extensively marked with flagging, signage, and course marshals on race day.

This course has it all: some roots, some rocks, some mud, some hills and some sweet sweet trails. This course is tough, make no mistake about it! With just over 1500 meters of total elevation gain—3000 metres for the 50K—this gnarly route will take you to the two highest peaks in Sumas Mountain Regional Park and expose you to some of the nicest, flowing trails our BC rain forests have to offer.

The Start to Taggart Peak

The course starts at the lower day use parking lot off Taggart Road in Sumas Mountain Regional Park. From there, racers will start down a dirt access road that gently descends down to the start of the Squid Line Trail. Racers then begin the long gradual climb up the Squid Line trail crossing over several bridged creeks and Forest Service Roads (FSR). The course veers off the Squid Line Trail at an FSR that connects one to the fork of the Salty Nozzle Trail and Glen Ryder Trail. These two trails run almost parallel to each other to the summit of Taggart Peak. The race route will take you up the more southern Glen Ryder Trail for a short (approximately 1km) but steep climp to Sumas Mountain’s second highest point at 790 meters. You will enjoy stunning views looking north east over the Fraser River towards Mission and Maple Ridge before descending down an FSR, past a yellow gate, through the Aid Station #1, located near the top of Noah Fear Trail.

Aid Station 1 to Sumas Peak

Racers then cruise down the Noah Fear Trail to a short FSR section leading to the mid-point of the short, sweet and super-steep Rock Diva Trail. You will ascend to the top of Rock Diva, climb a bit of Taggart Road, eventually reaching the viewpoint at the upper parking lot. Once there racers will enjoy some more gorgeous views of the Fraser Valley and replenish food and drink at Aid Station #2.

Leaving the aid station, you'll continue up Taggart Rd for a few hundred meters keeping left to connect to a short access road that gently drops to the start of the “oh so fun” Time Killer descent. This is a technical but well maintained trail that reveals some sweeping views of the Fraser Valley. At the time of writing some tree stands in this area are being harvested. We expect the trail to be clear by race day.

Time Killer descends down to another FSR where racers will turn right to to quickly connect to the Centennial Trail. You will then begin the longest continuous climb of the course that winds up to, around and beyond Chadsey Lake. The climb from the lake switchbacks steeply to the summit of Sumas Peak (905 metres). Aid Station #3 will provide a well-deserved break and nourishment for all who reach it.

Sumas Peak to the Finish

It's all downhill from Sumas Peak...well kind of! You descend down the ever-popular Knob Gobbler Trail eventually connecting to the home stretch of trails known as the "Sauces and Peels". Holiday Sauce, Extra Sauce, Pre-Peel and Emma Peel Trails showcase some of the most flowing and fun single-track around. Racers will hear and catch glimpses of the energetic start/finish line area during the final kilometre. Relief and recovery and the chance to finally stop moving will be helped along by delicious burgers donated and freshly grilled by Lepp Farm Market.

These trails travel through the Aboriginal Title lands of the Semá:th people.

Run for Water Trail Run
Trail Clinic March 24 – May 19

Pacific Pine Trail Clinic

Join us for 8 weeks on the trail with Pacific Pine Running Co. in partnership with Garrison Running Co.

This 8-week trail running clinic will take place during the early spring in preparation for the 25 km Run for Water Trail Run (Saturday, May 26th).

This clinic is for participants who have run at least 10 km on the trails and are looking to build their trail running strength, stamina, and speed with completely guided runs. 

  • Dates:March 24 to May 19
  • Guide:Pacific Pine Running Co.
  • Guide:Garrison Running Co.
  • Routes:Chilliwack/Abbotsford
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Raise your registration fee

100% of all money raised goes to clean water projects in Hagaro, Ethiopia. As little as $125 can bring a year of clean water to a Gora Bantu family.

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It all starts by learning about the water crisis on our planet.

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This year we are raising money for the people in

Hagaro

Residents in Hagaro, Ethiopia are already working hard to raise 10% of the project costs so children like Selamnesh do not have to walk hours to get water that is full of bacteria and disease. By raising $125 you are helping provide the remaining 90% of the project costs to bring clean water to an entire family for life. Register for the trail race distance of your choice here: 10K, 25K, 50K.

Watch the Video

Sumas Mountain Film Festival

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Matsqui Centennial Auditorium
Co-hosted with the Abbotsford Trail Running Club

If you are passionate about trail running, mountain biking or just love the outdoors then come watch some amazing trail running films and have a pint.

All the proceeds will be donated to THE FRASER VALLEY MOUNTAIN BIKE ASSOCIATION (FVMBA) who create and maintain the trails we all love so much.

Fraser Valley Mountain Bikers Association

Sumas Mountain Film Festival

Presented by Run for Water and the Abbotsford Trail Running Club

The Sumas Mountain Film Festival is a single day film festival featuring 9 incredible trail running films from around the world. This curated collection of films is part of the renowned LEDLENSER TRAILS IN MOTION 6 - TRAIL RUNNING FILM FESTIVAL.

  • Date: March 6, 2019, 7 pm
  • Venue: Centennial Auditorium
  • Location: Abbotsford, BC

Sumas Mountain Trail Run Film Festival

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We couldn’t do this without your generous support!

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