Groundbreaking new virtual event features new mountain training unit and virtual tour guides

The team behind last April’s Quarantine Backyard Ultra, Personal Peak Endurance Coaching, is set to launch registration on its latest virtual event on Dec. 1. 

The MTU Showdown will begin on Jan. 1, 2021, and racers will have six months to complete the footrace that follows one of three virtual routes through Canada's Rocky Mountains.

In the Showdown, competitors will track their daily distance and elevation using a GPS watch, smartphone or fitness tracking device. The results system will analyze their daily activities and match them to one of the three Showdown routes.

· The GDT Route (1,124 kilometres / 47,600 metres)
· The Scenic Route (1,410 kilometres / 19,000 metres)
· The Prairie Route (1,531 kilometres / 6,900 metres)

All three routes require an identical level of effort. The Showdown will introduce the team at Personal Peak’s “proprietary measurement unit,” which they have dubbed the Mountain Training Unit. 

“MTUs™ combines both horizontal distance and vertical elevation gain to create a simple unit of measurement to calculate each racers' relative effort. All three of the Showdown routes require a total effort of 1,600 MTUs™ to complete (roughly equal to 1,600 flat kilometres,” the team explained, in a press release.

“Using MTUs™ means that participants can compare their results regardless of their route or whether their daily activities include walking, hiking, trail running or road running.”

Another unique aspect of this event is the call for “virtual tour guides,” including local runners, races, and business owners who would volunteer to take participants on a video tour through some of Alberta’s more scenic communities and countryside. 

"We believe that the Tour Guides will be the secret key to the success of this challenge. They will truly bring the experience to life and allow us to draw attention to the amazing humans in our Alberta Running community,” says Personal Peak founder Ashley Schiller-Brown.

Lead photo by Kathmandu.


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