WELCOME to the WITP est. 1992
2015 is the Walk in the Park's 24th 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. This is a tradition we like to think 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 was eventually established and continues to be used to this day.
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.
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.
2015 Pick-Up Location - RUNNERS SOLE
Saturday September 5th; 2:00 TO 4:00 PM only
74-1395 Hillside Drive, Aberdeen Village Kamloops, BC V2E 2R7; Ph: 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 620m (2000') 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.
There are two manned and two self-help aid stations on each loop. Manned stations are very well stocked with lots of ice cold water, Gatorade, and various runner-friendly foods. Self-help stations also have ice cold water and and a few basic carbohydrate rich supplements. ALL 36km and 54km runners must carry at least one water bottle... (two bottles or a bladder are recommended).
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 all your lap and half-lap 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 54km 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 54km 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 54km WITP 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 FREE ENTRY into the Walk in the Park 54km 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:
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.