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Cedar Ultra 2021

Friday June 4th — Saturday June 5th

The Cedar Ultra is a 3/6/12/24 hour solo ultramarathon in beautiful Hemer Provincial Park, Cedar BC. You will compete against the clock to see how far you or your team can go. Whoever runs the farthest wins!

Important COVID Update

Good Day Racers

Here’s to the winter giving you lots of time for trail running and lots of time to be healthy!!!

I’ve had a lot of time for reflexion over the last few months, as I’m sure we all have. One of the things I’ve been thinking about is the 2021 Cedar Ultra and Anytime 10km Races.

I think the theme for this year’s race is “Flexibility”. We used to say in the Air Force “Flexibility is the key to air power” and I’m going to steal that and say “Flexibility is the key to ultra power”
Yeah…not as flow-y…but you get the idea.

So what do we need to be flexible about? Well… How we can make this race happen.

If nothing changes over the next few month…the restrictions stay the same… the bad news is that another race season will be out the window. So if no social gatherings are permitted…still.. we will be giving everyone the option for a full deferral to 2022 or a partial refund.

We aren’t going to make this decision until sometime in April…and even then…who knows (remember flexibility!)

If things go back to “normal” and Dr. Bonnie Henry says we can have groups of 50 again (oh…. I remember those days…sigh!) we will have 48 participants, 1 race director, and 1 completely awesome totally rad volunteer! That will mean no race crews or pacers, sorry.

But for those who know us and have raced with us before, you know we got you covered!

We will modify the start times, start/finish area, and aid station to keep you safe and legal. Don’t worry…remember flexibility!

Finally. Even if we CAN do this race together but YOU aren’t comfortable for ANY reason… We’re flexible. Defer to 2022 or get a partial refund, no questions asked.

Flexibility is the key. We miss you all, we want to see you all and catch up on what you have been up to these last couple of years. We will do whatever we can to make this race happen safely and legally.

As always if you have any questions please drop me a line.
Thanks and I hope to see you all in June.

Matthew Lamb
Race Director – VI Endurance
250-327-1801

Race Format

The race takes place on a 3.3km loop on the trails in Hermer Park you will run as many laps as you can until the last half hour where you will move to a smaller out and back of 1km until the time ends then your distance will be noted. The one who goes the farthest wins.

In the relay format the team will stay at the Start/Finish area for each loop and switch off as they see fit. Some teams will do 1 lap a person others will do 2 or 3 depending on their runners and race strategy. It is completely up to the team. In the last hour they will switch to the short course until the time is up. Whichever team goes the farthest wins.

Every good turn deserves another so to keep things interesting we change directions each year. 2021 will be clockwise, so the 12hr Male course record is up for grabs!

Start Times

  • 24hr – 7:00pm Friday 04 June
  • 12hr Night – 7:00pm Friday 04 June
  • 6hr Night – 7:00pm Friday June 04
  • 12hr Day – 7:00am Saturday 05 June
  • 3hr & 6hr Day – 9:00am Saturday 05 June
  • Anytime 10km — Start anytime between 7pm on Friday and 6pm on Saturday

NOTE: The 24hr, 12hr, 6hr and 10km night racers must have a headlamp/flashlight.

There will be a short pre-race briefing 10 minutes before each race where you will be updated on course conditions, and a quick rundown of the race rules.

Location

The start/finish for the Cedar Ultra will be near the main entrance to the park.

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The Trails

The park has a good network of trails but don’t worry our course will be well marked. The long course is 3.3km and the short course 1km. The course is a mix of grass, gravel, roots and dirt with the occasional mucky section thrown in for good measure.

Race Route CW

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Elevation CW

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Here is a trail map of the park for reference.

Registration

The Cedar Ultra is limited to 50 runners so be sure to secure your place early!

Solos — Register Here

Solo Runners
Race Until March 15th Until June 3rd Race Day
24hr $200.00 $225.00 N/A
12hr $150.00 $175.00 N/A
6hr $100.00 $125.00 $150.00
3hr $70.00 $90.00 $110.00
Anytime 10km $50.00 $65.00 $80.00

Relays — Please email the race director for relay registration

Included in your registration is a race t-shirt or hat or what ever cool thing I can dream up, an awesome Cedar Ultra finishers medal, and of course there will be food, coffee, and more for everyone.

T-shirts are not guaranteed after May 10th.

In person registration will be available at kit pick up on race day.

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Kit Pick Up

Race kit pick up will be for one hour before each race starts. We encourage you to register online there will be in-person registration available at the kit pick up where you will be able to pay via cash or cheque.

Aid Stations

There will one aid station at the Start/Finish. We will have all the usual ultra food at the aid station and some awesome meals available to the runners and support crew. If you have any special requests please let me know and I will see what I can do. A meal plan will be posted in May.

Awards

There will be a small awards ceremony after each event and lots of food at the end of the races.

Course Records

Counterclockwise

Race Name Distance Year
24hr Male Jerry Hughes 208.0 km 2017
24hr Female Janet Rosenfeld 146.4 km 2019
12hr Male Philipp Krahe 100.9 km 2019
12hr Female Christine Almond 96.7 km 2019
6hr Male Charles Perrot-Minot 80.3 km 2019
6hr Female Jessica McKierahan 57.1 2019
3hr Male Andrew Bonnell 33.7 km 2019
3hr Female Laura Fluit 30.5 km 2019
Anytime 10km Male Jonathan Behnke 36m 43s 2017
Anytime 10km Female Brooke Pugh 49m 40s 2019

Clockwise

Race Name Distance Year
24hr Male Jerry Hughes 188.1 km 2018
24hr Female Yana Hempler 130.7 km 2018
12hr Male
12hr Female Chanace Vanderheide & Brianna Lawrence 79.1 km 2018
6hr Male Graham Forsyth 69.0 km 2018
6hr Female Jessica McKierahan 54.8 km 2018
3hr Male Sean Sherstone 28.0 km 2018
3hr Female Aislinn Deenihan 34.1 2018
Anytime 10km Male Shelby Drope 35m 55s 2018
Anytime 10km Female Stephanie Barry-Benedik 55m 47s 2018

The Cedar Ultra wouldn’t happen without the financial support of Applecross Veterinary Hospital; a strong supporter of endurance events on central Vancouver Island. If you like to run with your dog be sure to check out the Applecross Vet Trail Dog Race Series.
applecross vet trail series

Future Dates

For those of you who like to plan well ahead, here are the future dates for the race.

June 4-5 2021
June 3-4 2022
June 2-3 2023
June 7-8 2024

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