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Red Bull 400: World's steepest 400 m race back in Whistler for 2017

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Jenni Sheppard Jul 31, 2017 1:30 am 4,612

Does the Grouse Grind feel too easy? Are you looking for a serious – but quick – challenge?Then the Red Bull 400 is the race for you!

The steepest 400 m race in the world is returning to a ski jump in Whistler Olympic Park on August 5 and registration is open now.

Participants begin at the bottom of a ski jump and race on a 37° incline up the 400 m to the top – a test of endurance, strength – and perhaps a little madness.

Rachel McBride leads the women to a first place finish at Red Bull 400 in Whistler, Canada on July 30, 2016 (Scott Serfas/Red Bull Content Pool)

Rachel McBride leads the women to a first place finish at Red Bull 400 in Whistler, Canada on July 30, 2016 (Scott Serfas/Red Bull Content Pool)

Current women’s champion and world class triathlete Rachel McBride will also be returning, to defend her unimaginable time of four minutes and 56 seconds.

“There is nothing else out there like it,” says McBride in a release.

“The fact that it is a Red Bull event gives this race that human performance angle that I really respect. It was a huge draw for me to do it again.”

In the men’s category, the time to beat is three minutes and 48 seconds, a world record set last year by 17-year-old UBC student Kieran Lumb.

Kieran Lumb leads the men to a first place finish at Red Bull 400 in Whistler, Canada on July 30, 2016 (Scott Serfas/Red Bull Content Pool)

Kieran Lumb leads the men to a first place finish at Red Bull 400 in Whistler, Canada on July 30, 2016 (Scott Serfas/Red Bull Content Pool)

Testing his mettle on the ski slope will also be Ian Robertson, who holds the record for the most Grouse Grind climbs in a day – 17.

Two race categories are available: solo full-distance for $55 and co-ed relay (4x100m) for $25 per racer. All participants get a race kit, lunch, and beverages.

Red Bull 400

When: Saturday, August 5

Time: 8 am

Where: Whistler Olympic Park – 5 Callaghan Rd, Whistler

Register:redbull.com, $55 each or $100 for a relay team of four

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Jenni Sheppard
Jenni is a former Senior Staff Writer at Daily Hive. Happy Vancouverite. Traveller, snowboarder, foodie, film fan, feminist, geek, cheesemaker, curler.

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