Vertical Slam changes location to Beatton River Valley, set for June 8

The Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge will look a lot different this year. Gone is the challenge of racing up the massive hill of the Big Bam Ski Hill and in is running in the beautiful trails of the Beatton River Valley. The run is still scheduled for June 8, but organizers decided to switch locations after Big Bam increased the cost of renting the hill.

“We totally understand that Big Bam is a non profit and they did what they had to, and we hold no ill will towards them,” said Vertical Slam President Laurie Cardinal. “We are very excited about our new route.”

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The new route will cover part of the trail that runs alongside Cecil Lake Road, as well as go in and up the hill in behind the turnout. Though the vertical element won’t quite be the same, and the obstacle course won’t be returning, there are some new things added to this year’s event.

There will be the 5km, 10km, and 15km runs, with no 2.5km option. In addition, there will be a halfmarathon option of 21.5km.

“This is the first half marathon in the area and we’re really excited about it. We wanted to have something for everyone, whether that’s a hike, a shorter 5km run, or something more challenging,” said Cardinal.

The goal of the Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge remains to raise money for the school district’s Hot Meals Program, and Cardinal said the location change will enable the group to make a larger donation. To register for the event, visit the group’s Facebook Page.

In addition, the executive also wanted to bring the event back to its roots as a challenging but beautiful run.

“We wanted to open the community to some of these longer distances, and attract more people that are interested in longer distances, as well as those more interested in a hike,” Cardinal said.

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