What’s your idea of fun? How about running 50km up and down Rocky Mountain trails continuously for 8 or 9 hours on a hot July day? If so, you would love the Sinister 7 Ultra.
Cory and Lynsey Jones were having that kind of fun on July 8th. Jocelyn and I cared for their kids while our kids competed in their first solo Ultra. The race’s name is inspired by the treacherous Seven Sisters Mountain that looms over much of the course. And because of the toll the race can take on a body.
From The Race Guide
The Sinister 7 Ultra course is truly magnificent. The race combines some of the best trails in the area with viewpoints and scenery that only a few people ever get to enjoy. With 6,321m of elevation gain across the 160km of rugged terrain that makes up the course, this race is not for the weak of heart. We cannot stress enough the fact that this race is incredibly difficult.
Be prepared; the Sinister 7 Ultra may be the toughest experience of your life. We do not want to downplay the intensity or severity of this race in any way. You need to be ready through training and planning.
You will be running in remote wilderness, and the chance of injury is very real so prepare to be self-sufficient.
If you are injured out on the course, be ready to hunker down for a few hours until a course sweeper or medic comes by.
There are definitely bears and cougars in the area. If there is reported activity around the course prior to, or during the race, we may modify the course. We cannot predict random animal activity so please stay alert.
If you do encounter a bear or cougar remain calm. Identify yourself by speaking in a calm, appeasing tone. Back away slowly, preferably in the direction you came.
The Sinister 7 is as mentally demanding as it is physically grueling. After you have been running for hours on end, your mind will give you a million reasons to quit – you have to decide that it is more important to finish.
We Believe In People
Its easy to see why people want to be associated with being an “ultra competitor.”
“We believe in their ability to push their bodies farther than they ever thought possible. To break records to inspire others to step up. To rise over and over, despite the odds, and give it every drop of energy and passion that they have. Whether it is a seasoned athlete who wants to be the best, or a beginner athlete who wants to be a better version of themselves, these are our people.”
“Your mind will give you a million reasons to quit – you have to decide that it is more important to finish.”
They trained for a year, often running 25-30km at a time, in snow, rain, and heat. They raced on a 33C, sunny July day. Cory cramped up and blistered up and spent three hours in a recovery station after he completed the race.
Their race was an “entry” level Ultra. In a few weeks Cory and Lynsey will be a part of a 3-person team running a Death Race (118km) in the mountains in Grande Cache. Next year they are aiming to finish a 50 miler or a 100km race. How else could you have this much fun?
What ultra challenges do you enjoy? Do you feel that what you do demands the ultimate of you? When have you pushed yourself beyond what you have done before? Please join the conversation and leave comment below. Thank you.
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