Run the Rocks

2419 213 Street, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, T0K0C0 4035636420

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This isn't a traditional cross-country run. It combines running with scrambling, and maybe even a little parkour. Then you douse it all with adrenaline.Your goal is to make it across the rocks, to the far side and back. Historically, this was first done by Sid Choquette in order to warn an oncoming train, but you're doing it to get the best time. You start from the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, and run counterclockwise for approximately 1km on the interpretive trail to the first Checkpoint. At CP1 you dive into the Frank Slide. There is no set route through the rocks, so you need to pick the best line. The Slide isn't flat either; it rolls like waves, so you need to keep your head up and get to high ground in order to see the next CP. Straight lines may not work out for you since the terrain is so varied, with some boulders the size of buses. Depending on your route, the course is approximately 5km, including the run at the start. The elevation depends on your approach but your heart rate will be way up there. It will be interesting to compare Strava afterward!

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