June 1st-2nd, 2018

The Rough Runner is back on  June 1st-2nd, 2018, in Pincher Creek, Alberta.

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3 Events, 2 Days, 1 Goal:

Partake in 1, 2 or 3 of the 2018 WRRR events, at Castle Mountain Resort, in Pincher Creek, AB:

Event 1:  Wild Vertical 100m   //June 1st, 8:01pm//

Vertical 100m Sprint.  A run not for the faint of heart. 8:01pm the women lead the way with the mass start. after the women finish the men follow suit. This event will be amazing for spectators, as hundreds of men and women sprint up a steep hill in a wild showcase of power. 100m Vertical will be covered, in less than 400m of distance.Our fastest runners will finish in less than 2 minutes.

Event 2: Rough Run //June 2nd, 7:30am//

Trail Run. The route will cover roughly 9km of trails. Snow, mud and bears may be encountered along the way. The course will reward runners with stunning views.  All runners must run with bear spray and a rain jacket.

Event 3: Rough Runner Obstacle Course Race //June 2nd, 1pm-3pm start heats//

Approx. 5km and 16-20 obstacles await you on this obstacle course race that combines heavy lifting, hill sprinting, rope climbs and more.  Heats of 6-12 will leave on 6 minute intervals from the starting pen. It won’t just be the obstacles leaving you breathless, as Alberta inspires and ignites you.


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History of the #WRRR

The first three years of the Rough Runner have been a #wrrrlwind. Going into our fourth year, we are gearing up to establish the rough runner as a tradition in South Western Alberta.

Our mission is not just  to get you outside and test your limits. Our mission is to inspire you to take in breaths of mountain air and provide you access to the world class mountains in SW Alberta. We are driven to expose you to the Southern Alberta Experience.

Leave you breathless: by the vertical, the views, the obstacles, and the sense of hospitality.

Why three events? We want to see what you are made of, and find our Rough Runner of the year. A rough runner is:

Someone who can sprint like a bear up a couloir, endure trails no matter the condition, and tackle obstacles on the side of a mountain. They can do so while respecting the wild, the spirit of their fellow rough runners, and their own inner strength.

The coveted Awards by McRae Silver will belong to the top Male and Female who can complete all three challenges the quickest. But don’t be afraid. We believe in challenge by choice.

Just want to run the Obstacle Course race on Saturday? Sounds good! Want to tackle the trail run but avoid the vertical 100m? That’s good with us too! You can choose whether you want to participate in 1, 2 or 3 events at this year’s rough runner. Whichever you chose, we guarantee a weekend you won’t forget, in Alberta’s best kept secret.

The World could use a little more South Western Alberta, and what better way to experience it than running wild through the mountains, and branding your finish medal with new friends?


Located at Castle Mountain Resort, in the MD of Pincher Creek.


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Frequently Asked Questions:

faqWhere to stay

Castle Mountain Resort, and the Town of Pincher Creek, have some great hotels’ and bed and breakfasts’ that you can stay at to fully enjoy the weekend.

To fill your belly, We personally recommend Harvest Coffee House for breakfast, The grill for a sit down meal and Antonio’s pizza for the best pizza you’ve ever eaten.

You can find locally brewed beer at Old Man River Brewing.

Staying on-hill is a great option for Saturday. We recommend Corner Mountain Inn or Air Bnb for nice spots in Pincher!


faq am i fit enough

You Can! We do have a cut-off time for the Trail run up to Haig lake, as it is a difficult run and we need everyone back and ready for the Obstacle Course Race- however, complete some training and come prepared- you will enjoy the event!







faq what do I need to bring


Knowing what to bring is important!

Event 1: Sturdy shoes, and yourself!

Event 2: Bearspray, water and a jacket, runners and anything else you might need when encountering snow!

Event 3: Yourself!