Challengers wanted for the 'Steepest Race on Earth' being held in Whistler

Jul 4 2019, 4:15 am

A 400 metre race… how hard could it be?

With 140 meters of elevation and a 37° incline, the Red Bull 400 is a tough challenge for adrenaline junkies of all levels.

Those brave enough to attempt this will race up the ski jump at Whistler Olympic Park — an equivalent of 40 flights of stairs.

Are you ready to put your legs and cardio to the test?

2018 Red Bull 400

The Red Bull 400 may be known as the world’s toughest 400m race but don’t let that intimidate you.

This bucket list race attracts elites from all over the world, as well as average Joes and Janes like us.

As long as you are physically ready, you can give it a shot.

2018 Red Bull 400

You and close to 1,000 others will have the same goal: get to the top as fast as possible on two legs, and eventually on all fours.

If you want to share the experience, grab three friends and sign up for the 4 x 100 m relay. Part of the fun is figuring out who gets the steepest part.

Sonia Sidhu climbs with a smile at Red Bull 400 in Whistler.

Last year’s Red Bull 400 winners posted blazing fast times.

UBC’s Kieran Lumb edged out second place Jordan Guenette by 1 second with a blistering 3:54. Meanwhile, elite runner Robyn Mildren took the women’s podium in 4:45, 7 seconds ahead of Brooke Spence, 2019’s Multi-Grind Challenge women’s winner.

2018 winner Kieran Lumb getting close to the top.

A sub-5 minute time shouldn’t be your goal. An average person can complete this challenge in 10-15 minutes.

Your goal is to feed off everyone’s positive energy and have an amazing time. Oh, and finish, of course. You’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Callaghan Valley atop the ski jump.

Such a gorgeous view behind Michael Van Den Ham at Red Bull 400 in Whistler.

This is your chance to run alongside some amazing athletes.

The bragging rights alone are worth it. Not many people can say, “I ran up a ski jump and survived.”

Put this 2010 Olympic legacy to good use and head up to Whistler on July 13th for a one of a kind racing experience.

2018 winner Robyn Mildren sprinting to the top.

Red Bull 400 2019

When: Saturday, July 13, 2019

Time: Registration opens at 7:30 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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