This year we are hosting a Gravel Ride event. Gravel riding is a new type of cycling sport that bring the best of long distance riding onto single track trail without the need for technical mountain biking. In the Fraser Valley we are very fortunate to have access to hundreds of km's of single track trails to create one of the best long course routes in North America.
145KM Long Course: Nestled in the breath taking Chilliwack River Valley, this event will showcase routes that only the adventurous locals have been exploring. Experience high vista lookouts near Elk Mountain, canyon river banks along the Chilliwack River, old growth cedar giants at the mouth of Chilliwack Lake and remnants of long forgotten logging operations; this route will truly take your breath away. Our 145km route boosts nearly 2400m of climbing over 60% gravel and 30% lush doubletrack/singletrack.
Disclaimer: The long course is intended for intermediate to advanced riders who are familiar with being self-supported on back country roads. 70% of the long course has 0% cell reception.
66km Short Course: Experience the beauty of the Chilliwack River Valley, but without a good chuck of the climbing. Our challenging, yet manageable, 66km Short Course route will let you get a taste of what Gravel Grinding is all about. With just over 1000m of climbing, you'll explore the back country gravel roads from Tamahi to Cultus Lake and Vedder Mnt to the Vedder River. There will be a final Aid Station at Cultus Lake where you can decide to tackle the Sunny Side Up trail on Vedder Mountain, or take the paved roads back into Chilliwack. Time Cuts: Both the Long Course and Short Course will have time cuts located at the Tamahi and Cultus lake Aid Stations. If you are unable to make the time cut or just had too big of a day, paved roads will take you back into town. A Sag-wagon ride back to town will also be available. Specific cut times TBD and posted prior to the event.
Both races will be raising money for Clean Water projects in Ethiopia.
The average person in North America is only 5 seconds away from clean water...the average person in Ethiopia is a 5 hour walk away from water.
This shouldn't be. BUT YOU CAN CHANGE THIS.
Last spring the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) in the community of Awash Kolati agreed to partner with Run for Water in fundraising for a clean water well and a new school in their community. They are actively working with their community to raise 10% of the project costs. The PAC will also manage the local construction process and long-term maintenance of the well and school.
100% of the money raised by the trail event will go toward providing the remaining project costs. This means that girls in Awash Kolati will no longer have to go on very long and laborious daily journeys in search of contaminated water. With access to safe, clean, drinking water, kids in the village can go to school, mothers can start businesses, fathers can water their crops, and children no longer die of waterborne diseases.
THIS YEAR DON’T JUST RIDE, RAISE with the community of Awash Kolati!
Run for Water Society is a non-profit organization which raises money for clean water projects in Ethiopia.
*All of our event costs are covered by our generous sponsors!