Idaho Peak Ultra Trail Marathon & 10K | July 27, 2019


Update: Possible Trail Re-route on Galena Trail Section, before cable car crossing

Idaho Peak Ultra Trail Marathon
& 10 KM Trail Run

Saturday, July 27, 2019

 New Denver, BC



Where is New Denver?

Idaho Peak Ultra Trail Marathon
New Denver, BC

Race Start/ Finish Map:

The Start/Finish area is located at the corner of Kootenay Street and Slocan Avenue, across the street from the Recycling Bins.

Race Routes Map:

(We recommend you print this map and bring it along as maps will not be provided)

Package Pick-up Times: Friday 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Knox Hall);
Saturday 6:30 am – 7:15 am (Start/Finish area at Kootenay St. and Slocan Ave.)

Check-in: 6:30 am – 7:15 am (Start/Finish area at Kootenay St. and Slocan Ave.)

Mandatory Pre-race Meeting: 7:15 am (at race start)

Race Start Time: 
7:30 am


Elevation Gain / Loss:
 2200 metres

Elevation Profile CLICK HERE (Both Idaho Peak Ultra and 10k)

Washrooms: There are two outhouses located on the course at 19.1km P1 Parking Lot, just after the summit and at 37.1km, just before the cable car crossing.


The Race:

A race to the summit of the iconic and spectacular Idaho Peak and back with a 1.6km vertical elevation gain/loss. The race takes place along some of the most enjoyable single track running trails in British Columbia. The race utilizes old mining roads steeped in history and carved out along the Carpenter Creek and New Denver Canyons.  This may just be the only mountain marathon in North America which involves using a cable car to cross a creek! Spectacular views of Slocan Lake and the Valhallas await you at the summit, rewarding your effort. This route will not disappoint.

The climb out of New Denver is gentle and ‘run-able’, staying on the south side of Carpenter Creek along the old mining road of Old Sandon Road. The road deteriorates into a single track winding its way through former mining artifacts and crossing numerous creeks. Continuing onto Alamo Wagon Road, the climb pops out onto the Queen Bess mining road, traversing the slope and then heading straight up to the north summit – where you will find some telecommunication towers. From here, climb your way up the rounded ridge to the fire look-out hut at the summit of Idaho Peak, having climbed a vertical mile from the start line.  Stop and enjoy the 360 degree views of snowy mountain peaks, pristine wilderness and the spectacular Slocan Lake 1715m below!

Get your number checked off and start the long descent down the well defined East Ridge route to the car park P1. Descend the main road for 3km before entering a tributary trail to connect back to the Queen Bess, traverse round the northern flank to the trails of H Road, the Galena Trail, then a bucket crossing Carpenter Creek and back along the Lower Carpenter Creek Trail to New Denver finish – where food, drink and support await you.

Route Marking: The entire route will be marked in advance using signs/arrows and flagging tape. However, it is the responsibility of the runner to know the course in advance and stay on course. Please bring the map and keep your eyes open for signage, flags and arrows.

Marshals/Aid Stations/First Aid/Participant Tracking: There will be volunteers with radios and first aid at each aid station. A marshal will be located at both the summit and cable car crossing with radio contact. Two sweep runners will be following the final runners with radios and first aid.  Runners will be tracked along the course using their bib number. Please ensure when you pass an aid station your number is visible and marked down by the volunteer. If you choose  not to complete the course, please notify a volunteer at one of the aid stations and a ride to the finish will be arranged.  DO NOT leave the course without notifying a race volunteer or Search and Rescue could be unnecessarily dispatched!

Mandatory kit list for ULTRA runners: Water, a map, a minimum of two energy bars, the race number clearly attached to the front of your torso, a whistle and bear spray.

Cut-Off Times:

12:00PM:// P1 Parking Lot Aid Station

1:45PM:// Queen Bess Aid Station

4:30PM:// Finish Line

10KM Trail Run
New Denver, BC

Photo Courtesy of Mike Thomas

Package Pick-UpFriday 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Knox Hall);
Saturday 6:30 am – 8:30 am (Start/Finish area)

Check-In: 8:00 am – 8:30 am (Start/Finish area)

Race Start Time:
 9:30 AM

Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting: 8:30 AM (at Start/Finish area).
NOTE-  If you are planning to go straight to the race start and won’t make the meeting, please ensure you notify us and check for any updates by emailing

Parking information: Free parking at the Start/Finish. (Please no parking in front of local businesses).

Last Shuttle Departure:  8:55 am (Start/Finish Area). Due to high registration numbers for this event, there will be more than one shuttle departure. The first shuttle will depart directly after the pre-race meeting and the last shuttle at 8:55 am. If runners choose, they can drive out to the race start and the shuttle will be available again after the race to take runners back to their vehicles following the race.

If Driving To Race Start: Please park at the Galena Trail parking lot at the Sandon turn-off and run/walk the 2.26km to the race start up the gravel road towards Sandon. Please inform race officials that you will not be checking in at the Start/Finish registration table by emailing: A shuttle will be available AFTER the race to bring you back to the Three Forks-Galena Trail parking lot.

Start Location:  2.26km towards Sandon from Three Forks (approx 10km EAST of New Denver towards Kaslo at the Sandon Turnoff). Last shuttle departs from the Start/Finish area at 8:55 am.  It is approximately a 15 minute drive to Three Forks.  You will have time to warm up but there are no washrooms or water/food at the start.  The start will be located at 2.26km up the dirt road leading to Sandon.

Map and Race Route:  Idaho Peak and 10k Official Map It is a one-way down route on one of the most majestic and well loved trails in the Kootenays – the Galena Trail.  Entertaining and varied, the route  uses a scenic and historic old mining trail. The trail is nestled amongst the trees, high above the banks of Carpenter Creek. It is described as a vigorous run, somewhat technical but fun and flowing. The run comes with the added attraction of using the cable car, crossing at Carpenter Creek. This is approximately the half-way point of the race. It is possible that a wait will be necessary if the cable car is at capacity.

Aid Station/Washroom/Marshal:  There will be one aid station stocked with water and Clif products located 2.5 km from the start.  An outhouse is located at 4.7 km from the start, just before the cable car crossing.  A marshal will be located at the cable car crossing to aid with the crossing, and will also have radio contact with race headquarters and a first aid kit.

Finish Area: Enjoy a shared finish line with the Idaho Peak Marathon. Most (if not all) 10k racers should finish their race before the first Marathon racer crosses the line. The finish is located on the grassy lot south of the Recycle Bins, 1 block south of KNOX HALL where Check-in is located.

Registration /Shuttles: Register by clicking the ‘register now’ button above. There will be late registration available at KNOX HALL on Friday 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and at the Start/Finish area on Saturday 6:30 am – 8:30 am.  However, late registrations will not be guaranteed a spot on the shuttle.  If shuttles are full, runners will be given the option to drive their vehicles to the race start at Three Forks and the shuttle van will transport runners back to their vehicles, following the race.

Route Marking:  The entire route will be marked in advance using signs/arrows and flagging tape. However, it is the responsibility of the runner to know the course in advance and stay on course.  Please bring the map and keep your eyes open for signage, flags and arrows.


Emergency Procedures: As a participant, you will agree to abide by the rules of the race. We will adopt a buddy approach – if a competitor immediately ahead of you is in need of medical attention – you will be responsible for raising the alarm. Remember the person in need could be you – no matter how fit or prepared you are. The role of the messenger is to run quickly and safely to the nearest Aid Station or Marshaling Station, where you will find a volunteer. This may be ahead of you or behind you on the route you are on. Once you have relayed the situation to the marshal, you will be free to carry on with the race – if you wish.  In any circumstance, DO NOT leave the course without notifying a volunteer!  This could cause an unnecessary dispatch of Search and Rescue services.

Changing Facilities:  located at the Start/Finish area.

Prizing:  The top three male and female runners, plus an age group category will be awarded! There are also lots of exciting prize draws from our sponsors!

Awards Presentations: The presentation of the 10k overall and age group awards will take place after all the 10k finishers are in. The Ultra Marathon awards and draw prizes will take place once all the racers are in! Estimated time for 10k Run awards is 11:30 am and estimated time for Ultra Marathon awards is 2:30 pm.

Dogs:  Please leave your furry friends at home or have a friend watch them at the start/finish.

2018 Results: