The Emperor’s Challenge Mountain Run is a mountain half marathon that takes place near Tumbler Ridge every year on the Saturday after the August long weekend. It began in 1999 with 39 participants, and has become so popular that a race cap of 1000 has been in effect since 2014. The race course was initially on Roman Mountain. In 2009 the race course was changed to run over Mount Babcock. The start and finish have remained the same. The top third of the course is in the alpine, with spectacular views of Roman Mountain and the Northern Rockies. Volunteers from the community come together to help put on the race. The Lions Club serves up food to racers and volunteers.
The kids’ races, which are 1 km or 2 km and include some hills, typically see about 75 entered. Those who complete 5 races receive a special cloth perpetuity bib, which they can wear on the back of their shirt for subsequent Emperor’s Challenge races. After 10 races, participants receive an enlarged photo of Roman Mountain to commemorate their achievement.
The 19th annual event will be on August 12th 2017.
The Emperor’s Challenge motto is “Run with the goats, cruise with the caribou, trot with the Ptarmigan. Rise to the Challenge!”
The race has its own website at www.emperorschallenge.com.
Online registration for the 2017 race opens in early April. Remember, this race filled up in less than 24 hours last year, so don’t delay!