The 'steepest race' in the world returns to Whistler this summer

Mar 7 2019, 8:06 pm

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A 400-metre sprint may seem like a simple concept, but when it comes to the Red Bull 400, the race is anything but.

Known as the “steepest race in the world,” the almost-vertical event, returning for its fifth year, challenges competitors with one single objective – first one to the top wins.

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Runners are challenged to mix explosive speed and endurance, battling up 400 metres on a 37° incline from the bottom of a ski hill jump, straight to the top.

Close to 1,000 participants are expected and last year’s race saw competitors ranging from 18 to 93 years of age.

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)

The event is open to anyone who wants to register – although an adequate level of physical fitness, endurance, and balance is necessary.

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)

Racers will also have the option to complete solo or as part of a team.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, July 13, at the Whistler Olympic Park.

Red Bull 400 2019

When: Saturday, July 13, 2019

Time: Registration opens at 8:30 am and races are held from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm

Where: Whistler Olympic Park – 5 Callaghan Road, Whistler

Registration: Available online for solo or a relay team $45 for solo; $80 for a relay team (plus fees and GST)

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