Tenderfoot Boogie Orientation Run

See photos from our 2024 Orientation Run here.

Orientation Run Details:

  • Date: May 4, 2024 (May the 4th be with you!)
  • Time: 9:00AM. Check-in at 8:45AM
  • Location: Bayly Park, Cheakamus Crossing, Whistler. Meet by the covered picnic tables/children’s playground.
  • 12k and 26k routes
  • No course markings and no aid, please download the GPX trace and be able to follow. Note: this only refers to the orientation run. On race day, the course will be fully flagged!
  • Download the RunGo app to use the live tracking feature (see more below).
  • No course grooming – help us identify any critical needs before the race in June.
  • Bring: course loaded on a device, sufficient water, snacks, a jacket, and the 10 essentials.
  • Remember: check in at the finish so we know everyone is back safely
  • Please try to car pool. Sign-up to give or get a ride here.

Join us for a low-key, casual, Tenderfoot Boogie Orientation Run on May 4, 2024. You don’t need to be registered for Tenderfoot Boogie to participate. The run will be on the south half of the course looping down through Brandywine Provincial Park and by the falls, and will include 12k and 26k options. This will be a simple event with no course markings or aid. The GPX route will be available in RunGo and other formats. Come for a chance to check out the route, get some training in, meet some other racers, and have some fun on a beautiful trail. We will be following the 12k and 26k race routes.

We will also test out the live tracking feature in RunGo. This will allow everyone to see where everyone else is – it should be exciting to test it out! This is fully optional of course. See more below.

But don’t worry, on the actual race day in June, the course will be fully flagged with course marshals at key points.

Runners are required to register for the orientation run. Please pick a distance so we have some idea of numbers, but you are free to change your mind on the day or do a custom distance.

We will be collecting a $10 participation fee, half of which is a $5 donation to the Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) to support ongoing trail management. See more info about WORCA below. Members of CFA are eligible for a 50% discount. See here for details.

We are grateful to run The Tenderfoot Boogie Trail Race on the Unceded Traditional Territories of the Líl̓wat and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh First Nations.


RunGo offers turn-by-turn directions on your phone. For Tenderfoot Boogie 2024, we are pleased to partner with RunGo to provide an optional all-participant live tracking experience!  Participants who start this route in the RunGo app on your phone on race day will be able to join the live tracking race page, for free. The tracking page will be continuously updated, with no app required for spectators to watch your progress (no app required). More information is available here and more information will be provided prior to race day. We will also test out this feature during the orientation run. Make sure the app is downloaded on your phone and search Routes for Tenderfoot Boogie. We will share the live tracking link prior to the orientation run.

Maps are shown here on the main race page. Note, there may be changes to the courses prior to race day, please check back for the latest version.

You can also download the Garmin GPX traces below to a GPX compatible device, or download from Garmin for use on another device. To download the GPX, after loading in Garmin, click on the 3 dots for a download option.

Please see the main Tenderfoot Boogie page for a full description of the courses. Highlights for the orientation runs include: running alongside the beautiful Cheakamus River and the Sea-to-Sky Trail, and through the Whistler Train Wreck area (12k + 26k). The 26k route also goes through the Cal-Cheak area and suspension bridge (the confluence of the Callahan and Cheakamus Rivers), and through Brandywine Provincial Park (with a ~100m diversion to see the Brandywine Falls).

There are outhouses at the start/finish, Cal-Cheak campgrounds, and Brandywine Falls.


The following information is provided to assist in your planning; however, you are responsible for your own safety.

  • You must check-in at the start. If you do not finish the course, you must let organizers know.
  • We will cross the railroad tracks a few times. You must stop and look both ways before crossing. This is an active track. Please use caution.
  • The trails will have other hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. Please be courteous. Please step out of the way of mountain bikers.
  • Be bear aware. See Wildlife Safety – Bears from BC Parks.
  • Carry more water and nutrition than you think you need.
  • Dress for the weather assuming you need to stop and wait for help for 1-2h.
  • Please also see our our Safety and Running Policies here.

WORCA – Whistler Off Road Cycling Association

WORCA is Whistler’s mountain bike advocacy group, working with local and regional governments, First Nations, developers, utility operators, private landowners, the community forest and other stakeholders to keep our non-motorized trails open and accessible.

Tenderfoot Boogie is working with WORCA to bring runners a great experience by accessing beautiful, well maintained biking trails. A portion of our race and orientation run registration fees will be donated to WORCA to support trail maintenance efforts. Tenderfoot participants are encouraged to further support WORCA beyond the mandatory fees during race registration.

What to do Nearby

While you or your friends are in the area, check out some of the race sponsors. The Function Junction business area is right across the highway and is a great spot to grab something to eat or drink, engage in some fun activities, check out the bike shops, and browse the interesting clothes stores.

The following businesses are supporting Tenderfoot Boogie:

  • Whistler Brewing – A wide selection of craft beers brewed on the premises, food, tours and merchandise.
  • Whistler Bungee – Whistler Bungee gives thrill seekers an unforgettable experience by jumping 160ft (50 meters) over the glacial fed Cheakamus River.
  • The Green Moustache Organic Cafe – 100% organic, plant-based, whole food meals, desserts, juices and smoothies. 
  • Purebread in Function Junction – a local bakery established in Whistler with one simple mission: to bake delicious bread, savouries, cakes and treats that bring a smile to peoples’ faces.
  • Check back as we add additional sponsors