WELCOME to the WITP est. 1992
2017 marks the 26th Running of the Walk in the Park. This is BC's second longest running ULTRAMARATHON. The course was revised in 2016 for the 25th Anniversary and now consists of a 25km LOOP LAYOUT accomodating a 25km and a 50km distance (it runs long so it's actually a 25.5k and 51k) as well as a shorter 14km for those that want to soak in what an Ultramarathon Trail run is all about.
Word on the street from the first crop of attendees is that it is an AWESOME course with stellar views, challenging enough for the LONG DISTANCE Stalwarts but accomodating enough for NEWBIES.
Registration goes live on Ultrasignup February 1st 2017, with some ULTRA CHEEP early bird rates available to March 31st.
Be sure to check out the WITP FACEBOOK page for some VERY AWESOME photos of past events by our SUPERDUPER Resident Photographer Dave Graham.
Nick Jordan founded the first WALK IN THE PARK in 1992 with a race philosophy of putting on a well organized, low-cost & low-key event. There have been a few changes made over the years but the core values of the WITP remain unchanged.
During the years of 1992-2000, the WITP included 50k and 25k distances and took place in and around the silt bluffs of Juniper Park, to the East of Downtown Kamloops.
In 2001 the event moved Kenna Cartwright Park where, eventually after a few course modifications, a loop course was established to accomodate 18k-36k-54k distances. The course and distances remained unchanged between the years of 2007-2015.
In 2016 a new 25km loop was established for the 25th Anniversary of the WITP. With distance options of 14k and 25k, in addition to the more traditonal 50k Ultramarathon distance, the WITP appeals to a wide range of runners.
Of note is that in 2003, due to the severity of forest fires in the area, the event was moved to the Rivers Trail, a relatively flat asphalt course in the valley bottom. This is the only year the WITP was not held on 'tradional' trails with significant elevation gain over the length of the course.
The START/FINISH is located at the primary upper entrance to Kenna Cartwright Park; ON HILLSIDE DRIVE; about 400m west of the intersection of The Trans Canada Hwy. & Copperhead Dr. Runners will head out onto onto the trail from the Start/Finish area in a clockwise direction for even years & counter-clockwise for odd years.
50km @ 7:00am 25km @ 9:30am 14km @ 11:00am
2017 Pick-Up Location - RUNNERS SOLE
Saturday September 2nd; 2:00 TO 4:00 PM only
Address: 1395 Hillside Dr #74, Kamloops, BC V2E 2R7, Phone: (250) 377-4055
OR Pick up before 30 minutes before the start of each race distance.
The majority of the trails on the WITP consist of somewhat rolling double and single-track trail. Approximately 1.0km of graded gravel road is required on each lap to traverse between trail heads. There are a few short steep sections on the course requiring some care with footing. Each lap constitutes approximately 740m of elevation gain. The route winds through sagebrush desert and Ponderosa Pine/Douglas Fir forest. A pine bark beetle epidemic took a heavy toll on Ponderosa Pine in the past decade, so shade cover can be minimal on south facing slopes. It can be very warm on the September long weekend with temperatures creeping into the high 20s and even 30s in the afternoon.
In addition to the Start Finish, there are two manned and fully stocked aid stations on each loop. The aid stations are AWESOME... lots of ice cold water, Gatorade, and various runner-friendly foods. The course passes by an aid station every 4.5 to 6.5km. A stop on a timing pass is mandatory whereas secondary passes are not. ALL 25km and 50km runners must carry at least one water bottle.
The designated route will be well marked with ground flags at 75-150m intervals and flour at potentially confusing intersections. The honour system is in place for runners as marshals are non-existent. Any runners finding themselves off course should return to the place of the deviation and pick up the route from there.
SCHWAG, RESULTS and AWARDS
We keep track of split times and post them so that you can brag to your friends.... BUT we're an old school event (with old school entry fees) so we don't have t-shirts made up and we don't recognize age group times. We do however hand out a small token award to the top male and female in the ULTRA distance. There will be plenty of door schwag up for grabs from our VERY DEDICATED and LOOOOONNNGGG SUPPORTING SPONSORS (see our sponsor list at the side)... AND we hand out a really groovy Lawn Chair to the the D.F.L finisher to rest his/her weary bones......
AND... if you're a FIVE TIME FINISHER of the ULTRA distance we'll retire a permanent number for you... so that you can come back and proudly show it off to all your co-competitors.
AND... if you double down on that, you'll be one of the very few prestigious recipients of the TEN TIME WITP ULTRA FINISHER 500km BELT BUCKLE... this is so you can publicly display your love for the WITP.... don't worry... you won't be expected to wear it at subsequent races.
AND... if you come out and finish the WITP ULTRA just one more year after having a belt buckle bestowed upon your navel... (this is so we know you're serious about running the WITP and that it wasn't ALL about that belt buckle)... you will gain a heavily discounted (more or less FREE) ENTRY into the Walk in the Park ULTRA distance forever and ever amen.... we're rolling the dice on this one because by the time you have ten finishes under your belt, and a buckle to connect it with, you very well could be dead.
We'll fire up the BBQ as the first finishers arrive and keep it going till the last participant is off the course. We have the best volunteers serving up the best smokies you've ever wrapped your pouty lips around... and also a few veggie burgs and salads to tickle the inside of your tummy. We hope you'll stick around and whoop it up...
Limited Entry Info.
The number of entries will be limited to 100 in total again this year.
This is to keep the environmental impact of the event to a minimum and to retain the intimate and old-school atmosphere of the WITP.
Maximum entries into each event are as follows:
14km - 25 registrants
25km - 25 registrants
50km - 50 registrants
More spots for the shorter distances will be made available if the registration limit for the 50km is not reached.