Vertical Slam applying for land tenure to grow race

The Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge Association is back and ready for an exciting year full of events in the Beatton River Valley. The Vertical Slam itself is set for June 6, 2020, with room for 200 competitors. The 2019 edition had 180 people register and 160 compete.

But organizers are hoping to grow, and the association has applied for a five-year special events land tenure where the race is held. The tenure, similar to the one for the Emperor’s Challenge in Tumbler Ridge, which would allow the association to increase the capacity to 600.

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“This is a continuing event that we are dedicated and committed to. We want to keep raising more money each year for the School District 60 Hot Meals program, and increasing the capacity will help us do that,” said Laurie Cardinal.

The 2019 Vertical Slam raised close to $18,000, enough for the group to donate $800 to each of the 22 schools.

This year’s event will feature a new 21-kilometre route to go with a 5 and 10K distances. There is also the virtual option, where those interested can sign up, donate, and complete the race on their own time during the week.

“It’s a really neat option. Runners just need to pick a spot, take a picture, send it to us, and we’ll mail them a medal for completing the challenge,” Cardinal said.

Registration for the race is now open and can be found here.

The land tenure application will be open for comment until March 14, 2020. To leave a comment or learn more, click here. The land file application number is 8016091.

Registration is also open for the Vertical Slam Association’s 2nd Annual Sadownik Memorial Run and Hike, on June 13, 2020, at Fish Creek.

The event, in honour of Steve and Nicole Sadownik, raises funds in support of patients at the local chemotherapy unit.

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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