Canada is getting a new 200-mile race in 2023
Canada is getting a new 200-mile race in 2023 with the announcement of the Divide 200 race from Sinister Sports scheduled for Sept. 11-16.
"Looking for a bigger challenge in 2023? We have been quietly working on western Canada's first 200-miler, and we're excited to share The Divide 200!" read a social media post from Sinister Sports. "Out of respect for the number of stakeholders involved, we are not disclosing the course quite yet, but it is the culmination of 21 years of working, living, and playing in the southern Rockies."
According to the race website, the Divide 200 "will celebrate our Rocky Mountain heritage, and highlight portions of the stunning Great Divide Trail. Our vision for The Divide 200 is to keep you up high and enjoying the varied landscape of the Continental Divide."
The course is described as a combination of single track, double track, a small amount of road, cross country, and even a bit of bushwhacking and scrambling. Yes, even river crossings.
"The race is about alpine travel, ridge walks, and getting you into remote backcountry," the event site reads.
"This event is for people with a great deal of both race experience and alpine experience. There will be some sections of route finding even though it is a prescribed course; the terrain can just be really gnarly out there."
Ultras at the 200-mile distance are still rare, but growing in popularity, according to TrailandSummit.com, and can take 50-60 hours to compete for a podium finish but most people will finish up in 90-100 hours. For instance, at the Lake Tahoe 200 Kyle Curtin set a world record at 49:27:22 with Courtney Dauwalter close behind at 49:54:36.
The Triple Crown of 200-mile races in the United States includes the Bigfoot 200, Tahoe 200, and Moab 240.
Sinister Sports is one of the country's top endurance event companies in Canada with a history that dates back to 1999. Other popular races organized by Sinister Sports include the Sinister 7, the Canadian Death Race, and the Black Spur Ultra.
For more information on the Divide 200 check out the information here.
Lead photo: Sinister Sports