Tenderfoot Boogie 2024 – June 22 Race Day
We are grateful to run the Tenderfoot Boogie on the Unceded Traditional Territories of the Lil’wat and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh First Nations.
On Saturday June 22, 2024 – the Tenderfoot Boogie will be a fantastic and fun race on runnable trails starting and finishing in Bayly Park, Whistler, BC, covering the area from Brandywine Falls in the south to Rainbow Falls in the north. All distances will be looped trails running through lush west coast forests and around glacier-fed streams and rivers, allowing runners to experience the beauty of BC’s coastal mountains.
Suitable for very fit first time racers with some trail experience as well as veteran trail racers, the Tenderfoot has something for everyone. Hardy families and those wanting a shorter or faster race can tackle the 12k distance. The 26k will allow runners to go as far south as Brandywine Falls and provides a step up in difficulty due to the increased length. The Tenderfoot course really shines in the 50k distance, with some spicy climbing and a range of trails, while maintaining good runnability. All distances will start and finish at Bayly Park, near the Whistler Olympic Village, across the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Function Junction.
Caution: This is not a road race! Expect your trail running pace to be much slower and effort to be significantly greater than a similar length road run. There are sections of the trail that are rocky, steep, have loose gravel, and may be slippery.
Please note there are no pacers allowed on this course. There are however ample opportunities for supporters to cheer on runners.
- Race Schedule & Race Package Pickup
- Course overview
- Aid , Cheering Locations, and Facilities
- Drop Bags
- Where to stay
- Race T-Shirts
- What to do Nearby
- WORCA – Whistler Off Road Cycling Association
- Gear Checklist
- Tenderfoot Boogie Orientation Runs
- Event Policy
- Maps and elevation profiles
- Other links
Join us for a beautiful and challenging trail run or hike near Whistler, BC, hosted by Trail Whisperer. This event will honour Gottfried Grosser’s legacy of fun, low-key, community-based events in beautiful settings. The course will be amazing and we expect the event to be lots of fun. You can race the route and try to lay down your best time, or run (or run/hike) with friends and get a sense of accomplishment just from completing the course. Either way, you’ll enjoy the lovely course with it’s multiple views and attractions.
Course details are below. The course will pass by Brandywine Falls, the infamous train wreck near Function Junction, and along flowy single track.
Available until Jan 15th
Jan. 16 – March 31, 2024
|Regular (Apr.1-Jun 20)**
**No race day registration
Pre-Registration Special Rate – Pre-register at no cost to hold the best rate. A coupon will be provided. Available until regular registration opens on January 16th 12:01AM. 12k/26k/50k: $60/$85/$115
Early Bird Rate – From January 16th to March 31, 2024. 12k/26k/50k: $70/$95/$125
Regular Rate – Apr.1-Jun 20 (No race day registration). 12k/26k/50k: $80/$105/$140
Registration pricing is in $CAD and includes your race bib, fully stocked aid stations, finish line food, and finisher’s medal. Registration fees include a $5 donation to Whistler Offroad Cycling Association (WORCA) for their trail building and maintenance efforts.
You can register with peace of mind knowing that Tenderfoot Boogie and your registration fees are protected by event cancellation insurance and optional participant refund protection. More details are available on these programs via the registration page.
The Tenderfoot Boogie event t-shirt can be purchased separately via the registration page.
Race Schedule & Race Package Pickup
Pre-Race Day: 4:00PM – 7:00PM Thursday June 20, 2024 – Running Room, #754 – 2601 Westview Dr. (Westview Shopping Centre), North Vancouver, BC.
Runners are encouraged to pickup their bib prior to race day to reduce race day lines and wait times. However, even if you do, check-in on race day is MANDATORY.
Race Day Check-in
|6:00 AM – 6:40 AM
|26k Trash Trail & Legacy Way (by Bayly Park): 1 PM
Finish 6:00 PM
|6:00 AM – 7:40 AM
|Finish 3 PM
|6:00 AM – 8:10 AM
|Finish 3 PM
- Race Pickup/Race Day Check-in: 6:00-6:40AM
- Start Time: 7:00 AM
- Cut-offs: 26k Trash Trail & Legacy Way (by Bayly Park): 1 PM; Finish 6:00 PM
- Average Minimum Pace (km/h): 4.5
- Race Pickup/Race Day Check-in: 6:00-7:40AM
- Start Time: 8:00 AM
- Cut-offs: Finish 3:00 PM
- Average Minimum Pace (km/h): 3.7
- Race Pickup/Race Day Check-in: 6:00-8:10AM
- Start Time: 8:30 AM
- Cut-offs: Finish 3:00 PM
- Average Minimum Pace (km/h): 1.8
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. More information is available here and more information will be provided prior to race day.
Maps are shown here. 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.
All 3 distances follow the same routes until turning back towards the finish to achieve the desired distance. All distances start and finish at Bayly Park, south of Whistler, BC..
After leaving the park, all routes head west on Trash Trail following the south side of the beautiful Cheakamus River. About 2km into the course, the route joins the Sea-to-Sky Trail just across the river from the infamous Whistler Train Wreck. But you stay on the south side of the river for now, until crossing over the river at ~5.5k and continuing along the Sea-to-Sky Trail.
The 12k runners and walkers turn right shortly after crossing the river on the End of the Line trail, and head back to Bayly Park passing by the infamous Whistler Train Wreck.
At ~8k, the 26k and 50k runners will reach the aid station in the beautiful Cal-Cheak area just before the campsite. After leaving the aid station, you’ll quickly cross over the suspension bridge. The trail loops down to Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, and will join back to your outbound route, passing through the Cal-Cheak aid station for a second time and continue north along the Sea-to-Sky Trail.
On the return you’ll stay north just before the bridge crossing, turning left on End of the Line trail and staying on the north side of the river until reaching the infamous Train Wreck, with it’s graffiti covered cars left scattered in the forest as a tourist destination. The route crosses over the train wreck suspension bridge here to join your outbound route on Trash Trail and continues along the south side of the river. The 26k runners will follow their outbound route into Bayly Park for a well-earned finish.
For the full 50k adventure and some good climbing, the route will cross the highway at the Function Junction traffic lights and will start climbing steadily up Flank Trail. YOU MUST TAKE CARE AND CROSS WITH THE WALK SIGNAL AT THE HIGHWAY. The trail follows the Rainbow-Sproatt-Flank Trail (or sometimes just referred to as Flank Trail) and Rainbow Falls Loop ~10k until reaching the Rainbow Falls Trailhead at Alta Lake Rd (with an Aid Station, outhouse and parking lot). The trail will loop back up on the other side of 21 Mile Creek for ~700m and then will follow a series of lovely winding mountain bike trails and old gravel roads (aid station by Stonebridge Way at ~40k) before climbing back to join the Flank Trail at ~44k. Please note, some of the MTB trails have multiple switchbacks, which makes them quite runnable. PLEASE DON’T SHORTCUT THE SWITCHBACKS. Once you join up with Flank Trail, you retrace your steps to Function Junction on a nice long downhill, cross the highway again at the controlled intersection, and return to finish at Bayly Park in ~1.5k.
As we are using mountain bike trails, please stay aware and watch for riders. Please give riders the right- of-way on any MTB trails.
Aid, Cheering Locations, and Facilities
Runners are welcome to have their own support at aid stations, but please do not interfere with other runners accessing the aid stations. No aid can be provided to runners outside of aid stations. Please see the following information on aid and facilities for runners, and facilities and good cheering locations for spectators. Note, runners may only leave the race route for an emergency, to help a runner in distress, or to access an outhouse/bathroom (or discreetly in the forest for a similar reason). There are a few places where outhouses are located close to the race route, but not directly on it. These are noted below and you are free to use them. If you leave the race route for any of the stated reasons, please return to where you left it.
Aid stations will have water, electrolyte, cookies and other snacks, chips, coke, and fruit.
Aid Stations for 26k and 50k runners:
- Cal-Cheak Forest Rec Site Aid Station: 8k & 17k
Aid Stations for 50k runners only:
- Trash Trail Aid Station: 26k. Drop bags will be available here for 50k runners.
- Rainbow Falls Trail head at Alta Lk Rd. Aid Station: 36k
- Stonebridge Drive Aid Station: 40k
Outhouses on Course:
- Bayly Park (start/finish)
- Cal-Cheak Forest Rec Site (~50m off the trail) – 8k & 17k
- Brandywine Falls Provincial Park (~50m off the trail) – 13k
- Whistler Interpretive Forest – 27k
- Rainbow Falls Trail head at Alta Lk Rd. – 36k
|Facilities for Runners or Spectators
|Bayly Park (start/finish)
|Registration, washrooms, finish line food, bag drop, parking
|Cal-Cheak Forest Rec Site Aid Station
|Aid station, campsite, outhouse (~50m off the trail), short gravel road access, parking
|Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
|Outhouse (~50m off the trail), parking
|Whistler Interpretive Forest
|Function Junction Aid Station
|Aid station, drop bags (50k), at start of Flank Trail
|Function Junction commercial area
|Several stores & cafes, parking
|Rainbow Falls Trail head at Alta Lk Rd. Aid Station
|Aid station, outhouse, parking
|Stonebridge Drive Aid Station
Runners can leave drop bags at the designated area at the start in Bayley Park. You must ensure your bag goes into the correct pile. The bag guideline is approximately the size of a shoe bag or shoe box. Your bag must be clearly labeled with your bib number, name, and distance.
50k drop bags will be available at 27k at the Function Junction aid station for runners to access. Bags for 12k and 26k runners will be held at Bayly Park and will be available for runners when they finish.
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, even if you have previously picked up your race package. 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.
- Only cross on the Walk Signal at the Function Junction intersection (50k only).
- 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.
Where to Stay
What to do Nearby
While you or your crew 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 business are supporting Tenderfoot Boogie:
- Whistler Brewing – A wide selection of craft beers brewed on the premises, food, tours and merchandise. Whistler Brewing is donating draw prizes!
- Whistler Bungee – Whistler Bungee gives thrill seekers an unforgettable experience by jumping 160ft (50 meters) over the glacial fed Cheakamus River. Whistler Bungee is donating draw prizes!
- The Green Moustache Organic Cafe – 100% organic, plant-based, whole food meals, desserts, juices and smoothies. On June 22, 2024 (race day), mention you are part of the race and receive a 10% in-house discount at our Function Junction location, 1209 Alpha Lake Road. Everyone is eligible: volunteers, racers, and supporters. Enjoy!
- 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. Purebread is donating draw prizes and some treats for the finish line!
- Check back as we add additional sponsors
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 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.
- There is no mandatory gear for this race. However, runners are strongly encouraged to carry enough food and water. Please check the weather on race day and carry any extra clothing required.
- Poles are allowed in all of the race distances; however, for everyone’s safety, you are asked to not use them at the start until the field spreads out.
- Tenderfoot Boogie will be a cupless event. Runners will need to carry a bladder or flask for running, and a bottle, collapsible cup or other means to drink at aid stations. Tenderfoot Boogie is pleased to provide HydraPak SpeedCups to all race participants. These are a convenient, collapsible, lightweight and easy to carry cup for the race.
All finishers will receive a Finisher Medal.
Once the top three male and female competitors in each distance have crossed the finish line we will have a brief podium ceremony. There is no set time for each ceremony, however they will be shortly after the top three are in!
Orientation Runs – Date(s) to be announced
We will be holding 1-2 orientation runs prior to the race. Please check back for updates. You are welcome to join the orientation runs whether or not you plan to run the Tenderfoot Boogie on June 22nd.
If you have questions that aren’t answered on this page, feel free to post them in our Facebook page. Alternatively, you can contact Trail Whisperer at FrostyNov04@gmail.com.
Maps and Elevation Profiles
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