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New ultra trail-running race swooping into Whitehorse this summer

They’re calling themselves a conspiracy of ravens.

By Marissa Tiel on January 6, 2017

They’re calling themselves a conspiracy of ravens.

The small but dedicated group of distance-running enthusiasts has been hard at work planning the Yukon’s newest ultra race.

The Reckless Raven Yukon 50 Mile Ultra is set to take place July 2 and treat participants to a collection of views in the Fish Lake area.

Virginia Sarrazin, a member of the closely-collaborating organizing committee said the race has been a goal of hers for a number of years.

But until this year, the resources required to put on the race have been just out of reach.

Joined by John Carson, Bronwyn Benkert, Erica Van Vlack, Maggie Wright and Stephan Atmanspacher, the conspiracy of ravens has made it happen.

“The energy has been super nice,” said Sarrazin of the organizing sessions.

Run through Carson’s Run for Life organization, the race will be open to 50 solo entrants and 25 duos for a relay option.

Running the race solo will cost $150 and after May 1, $175. The relay will cost $190 and after May 1 will be $225.

The course will begin at the lodge at Mount Mac and take runners up Mount McIntyre before taking them on a scenic singletrack journey around the Fish Lake trails before looping back to the nordic centre trails. Three ridges and two peaks will be included in the course for a total elevation gain of 2,361 metres.

Running phenom Logan Roots has already taken to Facebook to praise the course, calling it “absolutely stunning.”

Sarrazin said it’s the type of course that Alaskans will particularly enjoy with some tough climbs that will result in spectacular views.

She hopes the race will fill up in its first year and continue to grow with a reputation as the most scenic and wild ultra.

Ultra marathons are classified as any race distance over 50 kilometres.

The race name is a nod to the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, whose land hosts the trails the race will explore.

“It’s a very Yukon name,” said Sarrazin.

Whitehorse has had an ultra trail race in the past. Shelley Gellatly’s Yukon Gold Ultra operated as the Yukon Arctic Ultra’s fair-weather race partner for two summers in 2006 and 2007.

Registration is expected to open soon and more information can be found at the race’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/recklessravenyukonultra.

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