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Runners Begin Training for Mountain Race at Sun Peaks Resort
August 16, 2012: The North Face Dirty Feet Mountain Run comes to Sun Peaks on September 8

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Sun Peaks, BC - Now is the time to begin preparing for the North Face Dirty Feet Mountain Run (September 8) according to race organizers.
 
"There's a great buzz around this event at Sun Peaks with under a month to go," says Grace Hiom, co-founder of Dirty Feet Trail Series. “Now is a great time to start looking at the course map, preparing and training.”
 
The Mountain Run will feature two courses, allowing for people of all running abilities to take part. The 16km course will feature an elevation gain and loss of 900 meters and the 5km will feature a gain and loss of around 200 meters.
 
"The 5km course is for everyone and uses the trails around the village,” says Hiom. "The 16km mountain run is a lot of switchbacks all the way to mid-mountain on Tod Mountain and is a blast on the way down using the downhill mountain bike trails."
 
Locals and staff around the resort are preparing to participate in the race, which is expected to draw runners from all over British Columbia. Organizers are encouraging everyone who is interested to challenge themselves and their friends to register for the race.
 
“The North Face Dirty Feet Mountain Run has been given exclusive use of the downhill mountain bike trails for this event,” says Christopher Nicolson, President of Tourism Sun Peaks. “And the alpine terrain makes this run quite distinct in the Thompson Okanagan. We hope this makes the event more memorable for the participants.”

The Mountain Run represents the third event Dirty Feet has hosted at Sun Peaks and reflects the growing partnership between the two organizations. The relationship has worked well for all involved creating a new kind of event at the four season resort community. 

"The Mountain Run at Sun Peaks is a new event for Dirty Feet and is gaining momentum," says Hiom. “We are excited to see where it goes from here.”

Runners can find out more about the event on the Sun Peaks website or register for the event on the Dirty Feet website.
 
Check out a video of the course here.
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