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"We need to determine if it is viable for us to continue doing (this event) as a municipal entity."
- Councillor Andrew Saje  
   
   

 

 
More than 1,000 racers are currently training vigorously for the 4th annual Sinister 7 Ultra + Relay, which is only a couple weeks away.
This year, the race begins on Saturday, July 9th at 7 a.m., and racers have 27 hours to complete the course, by 10 a.m. on Sunday.
During the course of the race, runners will battle it out against the elements and 148 kilometres of challenging terrain with more than 5,250 metres of elevation gain.
Runners can run solo, or in teams of up to seven people, and will complete seven stages throughout the Crowsnest Pass.
The first stage takes the runners from Blairmore through the Frank Slide, through Hillcrest, and to the base of Hastings Ridge. The second stage takes them up Hastings Ridge and back down the other side of Turtle Mountain, back into Blairmore.
The third stage takes them back out of Blairmore in a loop that includes York Creek, Willoughby Ridge, and part of the Lost Creek Fire area, before bringing them back into Blairmore again.
The fourth stage will return to York Creek and then head west through the Star Creek area before returning to the highway near Crowsnest Lake.
Runners will then head north near Atlas Road and cross into McGillivray Creek before this long stage is finished.
The fifth and sixth stages go all around Crowsnest Mountain and the Seven Sisters Mountain, from which the race takes its name, before arriving back at McGillivray Creek.
 

The last leg takes them east out of McGillivray Creek before heading south into Coleman, crossing the highway and returning to Blairmore along the trail beside the railway.
The race will begin and end at the Albert Stella Memorial Arena.
There are currently 176 teams and solo runners registered from all over Canada and the United States, as well as Australia, Guatemala, Japan, and Europe, including several locals teams and two teams of students from Crowsnest Consolidated High School.
The race began in 2008 with a mere 159 runners, and has gradually increased every year, to 660 last year.
This year, the 1,000 runner limit filled up in five days, with an additional 250 on the waiting list, according to event organizer Brian Gallant of Full Moon Adventure Company.
“This shows that Sinister 7 is important to the Crowsnest Pass,” said Gallant. “We’re really changing the way people view our community.”
Gallant attributes the success and response to the race to the word-of-mouth about the quality foot race.
“It’s one of the toughest ultras in Canada,” said Gallant.
He said he is especially pleased to see so many youths signed up.
“We’re really pleased to see the high school’s involvement,” he said. “It’s really profound to see these kids step up and dedicate themselves.”
In addition to pit stops run by volunteers, the event will feature a United Riders of Crowsnest beer garden, Boys and Girls Club concession, and Pinkest Little Town in the West Fundraiser.
For more information, visit
www.sinister7.com.
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