50 Mile Race Rules

Start Time: The 50 mile solo event starts at 6am with optional 5am start on Sunday, August 7,  2011 at Brennan Park Recreation Centre, Squamish, BC.

50-mile Solo Rules

Authority of Race Officials: On race day, you will need to respect the direction of the race director and volunteers.

Participants are given 12 hours to finish the race (from 6am – 6pm on Sunday, August 7).  There is a one hour early start option.  The Race Director must be notified in advance that you will use the early start. Headlamps and reflective clothing are mandatory for early starters.  Early starters are not eligible for age group prizing, but will receive the finisher gift if finished by 6PM.

Obey Marshals and Crossing Guards: Vehicles have the right of way.

Participation and Pre-Qualification: All participants who feel they have the fitness to cover the 50 mile course before the 12-hour cutoff time are invited. Runners should be aware of the risks associated with the run and prepare accordingly (see Risk Management).

Mandatory Check-In: It is MANDATORY that runners check in at the start and at each stage checkpoint.

Visible Race Numbers: Numbers must be visible and worn on the front at all times. All runners must be checked through each checkpoint by a race official. It is the runner’s responsibility to ensure that the official sees the number.

If a runner makes a wrong turn, the runner must return to the course on foot to the point on the course where the error occurred and then resume the race.

Trail Etiquette and Environmental Respect: While running STORMY you will be traveling through residential areas, Alice Lake Provincial Park, and private property. The route is open to the public on race day so be courteous and aware of other users. Please be polite and respect local residents so as to minimize any disruption.

– Cautious and courteous driving of support vehicles is essential for the safe and orderly conduct of the race.

Please do not litter the course with food wrappers or containers. This will result in disqualification and lifetime ban from Stormy.

– Slow runners must yield the trail to others wishing to pass.

– If you come across an injured fellow runner, please stay with him until the sweep or medical attention arrives.

No Short-cutting: This includes all switchbacks.

Runners may not store supplies of any kind along the trail.

No Pacing: Non-participants may not accompany participating runners (on foot, on bike, by car, etc…) along the course.

No Dogs, Baby Joggers, Trekking Poles, or Other “Accessories”: Your shoes, clothing, and nutrition/hydration/emergency supplies, carried on your body are all that you should bring on your run to ensure competition fairness and the safety of you and other runners.

Aid Supply by Crews: Runners may not receive help outside of designated crew-access aid stations. Crews are allowed at Aid Stations #1, #2, #4, #5, #6, #7, and #9, (see Locations). This standard is enforced for fairness to all runners. Runners do not need to have a crew.

Nine-Mile Hill Car Free Zone: There should be no car travel on 9-Mile hill. Bike access is allowed throughout the course; however bikers must yield to runners and are not permitted to aid runners on the course.

Dropping Out: If you find it necessary to drop from the race, you must do so at an aid station. Notify the aid station captain and have the captain remove your bib number. Failure to do so may result in ban from future races. If you feel you cannot get to the nearest aid station, stay on the trail and a sweep will assist you. Do not leave the course without notifying an aid station captain. If we can’t account for your whereabouts an expensive search and rescue operation will be initiated.

Mandatory Drop Out: Medical staff and aid station captains have the authority to pull a runner from the event should they deem it unsafe for the runner to continue. The runner must comply with this decision.

Cut-Off Times: Please be aware of the check-point cut-off times:
• Runners must Powerhouse Aid Station the 1st time by 2:30 PM .
• They must pass Power Aid Station the 2nd time by 4:30 PM.
• There are also interim cutoff times, which are posted at the last three aid stations.
You will be asked to discontinue your race if you arrive at a checkpoint after the published cut-off time.

STORMY is a very physically challenging event and participation in it presents numerous medical risks, many of which can be extremely serious or fatal. If you are under 19 years of age on race day, you may participate in the relay; however if you are running more than 42km or participating in the 50 miler, Race Management must receive  written consent from both parents at registration.  If you are signing up for the 100 mile event, Race Management must received notarized consent from both parents at registration.


  1. Short-cutting of course.
  2. Missing a checkpoint.
  3. Getting in a moving vehicle.
  4. Failing to remain at a checkpoint for medical evaluation on request of checkpoint personnel
  5. Impeding another runner.


  1. Running as a bandit
  2. Pacing or crewing for a bandit runner
  3. Having crews take cars to areas designated as off-limits
  4. Disobeying BC Parks rules regarding disposal of human waste, dogs off-leash, nonpayment of parking fees or mistreatment of the environment
  5. Littering
  6. Failing to respect private property
  7. Mistreating Aid Station personnel, runners, pacers, or crew

Runners are expected to behave in a sportsmanlike manner. The race committee reserves the right to impose sanctions for behavior not specifically mentioned here.

Official protests must be made directly to the Race Director.

50-mile Course Description

The Start/Finish Line: All races start at Brennan Park Recreation Centre on Loggers Lane in Squamish. Washrooms are available pre- and post-race. Showers are open to all participants at the finish line.

Course Description: The single 50-mile loop is approximately 97% trails or forest service roads and 3% paved roads. The elevation gain is approximately 6000 feet. STORMY 2010 Map (400 Mb .pdf). Course profile (This 2007 version closely approximates the 2010 route).

Aid-Station Locations:

Aid Station 1 – Perth Drive (Relay Exchange #1)
Aid Station 2 – Alice Lake Road & Hwy 99 (Relay Exchange #2)
Aid Station 3 – Edith Lake (Relay Exchange #3)
Aid Station 4 – Perth Drive
Aid Station 5 – Garibaldi Park Road & the University (Relay Exchange #4)
Aid Station 6 – Garibaldi Park Road & the University
Aid Station 7 – Power House Plunge: 1st pass (Relay Exchange #5)

Aid Station 8 – 9-Mile Hill
Aid Station 9 – Power House Plunge: 2nd pass (Relay Exchange #6)
Aid Station 10 – S&M Connector off Plateau Drive
Aid Station 11 – Finish Line

Driving Directions to Aid Stations & Relay Exchange Points

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