WELCOME to the WITP est. 1992
This is the 22nd year as the BC Interior's longest running Ultramarathon.
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, a tradition that continues today.
From 1992 to 2000, the WITP took place in the hills around Juniper Park, to the East of Downtown Kamloops. In 2001 the event moved Kenna Cartwright Park where an 18.2km permanent loop course is now been established.
The START/FINISH will be 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. This is the same location as 2008 and 2009. Runners will head out onto onto the trail from the Start/Finish area; clockwise direction for even years; counter-clockwise for odd years.
54km @ 7:00am 36km @ 9:00am 18km @ 11:00am
NOTE: Runners who feel that they will be more than 9 hours may start at 6:00am SHARP upon request; however,a portion of your first lap will be self-supported as the aid station volunteers (and split timing) will not be available on course until approx. 7:00am.
SATURDAY August 31; 2:00 TO 4:00 PM only
@ Runners Sole - 74-1395 Hillside Dr.; Kamloops, BC V2E 2R7; (250) 377-4055
OR Pick up before 30 minutes before the Start.
The course consists of double and single-track dirt trails cutting through sagebrush desert and Ponderosa Pine/Douglas Fir forest. The trail is rarely flat as approx. 960m of climb and decent is required per lap. A pine bark beetle epidemic has taken a heavy toll on the mature standing Ponderosa Pine so shade cover now averages only an estimated 25% over the entire course. Temperatures on the September long weekend have, in the past, reached 30-35C so please come prepared.
There are three manned and two self-help aid stations on each loop. Manned stations will be stocked with water, Gatorade, and various runner-friendly foods. Self-help stations with water and a few carb. rich supplements. NOTE: It can be HOT on Race Day. ALL 36km and 54km runners must carry at least one water bottle... (two bottles or a bladder are recommended).
The course will be well marked with flags at 50-100m intervals with flour at potentially confusing intersections. Marshals are non-existent. Runners are responsible to stay on the trail.
RESULTS and AWARDS
Split times will be recorded and results posted for all distances. There will be some door schwag up for grabs from our sponsors... with special consideration to top Male and Female in the 54km Ultra... and a really groovy Lawn Chair going out to the D.F.L finisher to rest his/her weary bones...
AND... If you're a FIVE TIME WITP ULTRA FINISHER we'll retire a permanent number for you...
AND... if you double down on that, you'll be one of the few prestigious recipients of the TEN TIME WITP ULTRA FINISHER BELT BUCKLE...
AND... if you come out and finish just one more year after having a belt buckle bestowed upon your navel (just to show your love for the WITP).... you will gain a FREE ENTRY into the Walk in the Park... forever and ever amen.
We'll fire up the BBQ as the first finishers arrive and keep it going till the last participant is off the course. The best smokies you've ever had plus veggie burgs and salad will likely be the food du jour. 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:
18km - 25 registrants
36km - 25 registrants
54km - 50 registrants
More spots for the shorter distances will be made available if the 54km limit is not reached.