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Run, Whistler, Run!

Vancouver Sun

Forrest Gump would love Whistler, because the paths on which he could burn are endless. Many trails cut through old growth forests, some wind through chalets and along golf courses, others skirt the edge of fresh water lakes and rivers. In Whistler, there is something for every runner, expert to beginner.


“I love running in Whistler because within minutes from the Village, you’re so secluded from everyday life in the middle of a rainforest,” says Rohan Hare, running guru for The Whistler Insider. “You’re surrounded with nature and most trails have little to no other people on them. It’s just you, the ground and the trees,” adds Hare.


The Valley Trail—a paved path interconnecting Whistler boroughs—is the stitch that binds the running canvas. Stretching 40K, the weaving trail is paved, accessible, and wonderfully scenic.


For beginning runners, or visitors who want to acclimate, Hare suggests a 5K portion of the Valley Trail around the Whistler Golf Club. “It’s steps away from the Village, you can’t get lost and it’s easy to run,” he says.


Advanced runners have plenty to choose from, too. Wanda Chalk, owner/gear fitter at Run with It, a specialty running shop in Nester’s Square, says it’s really simple to find a running route from any area of Whistler. “I like to run the North Face Half Marathon route,” says Chalk. “It’s a bit hilly, so it’s good for training.”


Another local favorite is the Lost Lake trail system, which offers everything from groomed paths to technical single tracks.  “From the Village out to Lost Lake and around its loop is definitely a route I enjoy the most,” says Hare. “The views are to die for and seeing the mountains’ reflection in Lost Lake is breathtaking.” 


If you’re a runner who likes a bit more structure, there are some great races each year in Whistler. They include: 5 Peaks, Whistler Spirit Run, Salomon Meet Your Maker, North Face Half Marathon, Comfortably Numb and the Whistler Valley Trail Run.


Did you forget your gear? No problem. Just visit one of the local running shops: Run with Itand Escape Route. Want some company? Both shops host running groups and/or clinics, as well.


So grab your water bottle, lace up your runners and head up to Whistler! It’s the perfect time of year to get in your mileage, connect with nature, while taking in some awe-inspiring views.


Local Running & Race Information


Run with It

7007 Nesters Road


Escape Route

4350 Lorimer Road

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