Lumpy’s Epic a different kind of run 

If it were easy, they wouldn’t call it an epic.

It’s never been measured, but organizers are guessing that the Lumpy’s Epic Trail Run, which takes place Oct. 20, is about 12 kilometres in length.

The fastest runners can scramble over the rocks and roots on the cross-country bike trail in less than an hour, and most walkers can make the trip in under two hours if they move quickly.

"It’s not an easy run by any stretch, and it’s definitely not a kids’ race," says organizer Jeanette Helmer.

It is a unique run, however: "It’s really a pretty trail. There’s a bit of climbing, but you get some beautiful views of Green River, and you can see the golf courses and the airport in the distance. Except for a short section of road at the end, all of the run takes place on the trail."

The race takes place on a bike trail that was created for and dedicated to Geoff "Lumpy" Leidal, a popular and enthusiastic local mountain biker who died in an avalanche almost five years ago.

"People really enjoy this run. I ran it myself recently, and it always amazes me," Helmer says.

Between 30 and 50 runners and walkers have taken part in the past three years, including Leidal’s parents. There is no limit on entry numbers, and the organizers hope to boost numbers over previous years.

The race is completely volunteer-driven, and as a result all of the proceeds from the entry fees will go towards the Pemberton Jackrabbits Cross Country Ski Club.

"There are quite a lot of kids in the Jackrabbits so it would be kind of nice to raise some money for them. We’re hoping for a good turnout," says Helmer.

Registration for the race takes place at the parking lot of One Mile Lake, starting at 9 a.m. on Oct. 20. The race will start at 10 a.m., and is followed by snacks and beverages at the Pony Espresso. The cost is $15 per person.

Runners and walkers should come prepared for weather, and are required to bring their own water as there are no water stations on the course.

The race is not recommended for kids unless they are accompanied by their parents.

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