Saturday, July 27, 2019

Lightning Lake / Manning Park, BC

Manning Park is an absolute treasure in the heart of the Cascade Mountains! It has rewarding elevation gains, viewpoints that will leave you breathless, and mile after mile of gorgeous single track cutting through valleys, around lakes and over rivers. Racing in Manning Park is a great opportunity to make a fun get away with family and/or friends. Besides the trails, there's a beautiful campground and resort with cabins where you can stay the weekend, a gorgeous lake to canoe and swim in, and plenty of trails to bring your bike to enjoy a ride!

We are excited to share this beautiful part of BC with you, and whether you run the 10 km trails around Lightning Lake, or challenge the 21 km route, you will finish your race with a new appreciation for being "a world away", even if just for a couple hours! But of course, we hope you'll stay a bit longer to enjoy even more of Manning on your own.

All of our races are sanctioned through BC Athletics.

Questions? Please email either of the FVTR race directors Jenny ( or Katrina ( We hope to hear from you and see you on course!


You are responsible for knowing the course. We will mark the course very well with pin flags, ribbons, and many signs BUT there is always the possibility that someone will tamper with markers or that you might miss or come to an intersection where you are unsure how to proceed. Studying the maps can keep you from getting off course on race day and can be an excellent resource!

10 km | 254 m elevation

Starting from Lightning Lake, this course will take you partially around the lake towards the ski hill area where your finish line will be. Expect rolling single track trails, gorgeous wildflowers, mossy trees and a rewarding steep push to the finish line.

You can expect one aid station along the way at km # 5 where you can refuel.

21 km | 676 m elevation

Starting from Lightning Lake, this course will take you partially around the lake towards the Skyline I trail where you'll push up the trail to some spectacular mountain views amongst subalpine flowers and loop back down towards the trail to the ski hill area where your finish line will be. The trails are a mix of technical and non-technical with some steep ascents and descents.

You can expect two aid stations along the way at km # 5 and # 10 where you can refuel.

Course Map for 21 km and 10 km

Another great option to view the course, is to visit our race map on Caltopo!

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019

Distances: 10 km / 21 km / 1 km kids race

Start Times:
7:00 AM - Racer Check-in Opens at the ski hill
8:00 AM - Bus Transport Starts to the Lightning Lake start line
8:45 AM - 21K Pre-Race Briefing
9:00 AM - 21K Race Start
9:15 AM - 10K Pre-Race Briefing
9:30 AM - 10K Race Start
9:45 AM - Kids Race

Package Pickup:
21 km: Saturday July 27th: 7am – 8am @ Manning Park Ski Hill (Race Finish)

10 km: Saturday July 27th: 7am – 8am @ Manning Park Ski Hill (Race Finish)

Kids Race: check in or register any time from 9:30am - 9:45am at Lightning Lake


Driving Directions and Parking:
Race Start: Lightning Lake day use area, Manning Park, BC

Race Finish: Manning Park Ski Hill area

Parking: Parking is at the Manning Park Ski Hill area, past Strawberry Flats

Our Manning Park trail race is a scenic and wild point to point trail running race that requires racers to either shuttle to the start or arrange their own drop off. We offer a shuttle to all racers free of charge.

Aid Stations:
Our aid stations will carry all of the typical yummy snacks like chips, M&Ms, cookies, pickles, gels, and electrolytes. If you have a favourite that you like to run with and are worried that trying something new on race day might upset your stomach, please pack your own snacks and stash some of ours to try later!

21 km:
Aid Station 1: 5 km at bridge
Aid Station 2: 5 km from finish

10 km:
Aid Station 1: 5 km at bridge

Cut-off Times:
21 km: Overall cut off 4.5hr, 1:30pm
10 km: Overall cut off 4hr, 1:30pm

All FVTR races are cup free events so please bring some sort of water bottle with you to fill up at our aid stations!

Poles: poles of any kind are not permitted on race day.

Headphones: allowed with restrictions! Please keep your volume on low to respect the racers around you and wear only 1 earbud. You must be able to hear if someone is approaching or asking to pass.

Mandatory/Recommended Gear:
Mandatory Gear: ALL RACERS IN THE 21 KM DISTANCE MUST CARRY 1 L OF WATER WITH THEM FOR THE ENTIRETY OF THEIR RACE. Our race is in late July, is remote, and is exposed to sunlight in some parts. Because of this we must ask you to carry water on race day. No exceptions.

If you are in the 10 km race you do not have to carry any mandatory gear. We do recommend a few things though! These wonderful + helpful things include:
-extra calories! We have aid stations but extra calories are always a good thing to carry with you
-extra water

Post-Race Party:
Post-race, we will be hosting a great party up at the ski hill. Expect food, beverages, prizes and so much fun!

Awards will be announced shortly after we have the top 3 runners in for men and women. All participants (including kids!) will receive a finishers medal.

Camping: Camping reservations are VERY popular in Manning park but there are a few options. If you book on the Discover Camping website you can get a spot 3 months prior to when you’d like to camp. So, for July 27th, 2019, you’ll need to book your reservation on April 27th, 2019. You can find more information and a full list of the campsites on the Manning Park Website.

Manning Park Resort: These spaces book up fast but there are cabins, hotel rooms, and chalets to rent

Nearby towns to stay in: Hope, BC or Princeton, BC

- We love dogs! So much. But we do not allow your fluffy friend on the race course.
- Dogs must be on leash at all times while hanging out with you or your family/friends at the start and finish area
- Aggressive dogs are not allowed, please know your pets this will be a busy area likely with numerous other dogs, bouncy kids and people!
- If any participant breaks these rules they are subject to disqualification

Course Rules:
- Absolutely no running off trail, you must always remain on the main trail, running or cutting a corning causes damage to these areas and runners caught doing so will be disqualified
- Friends help friends, and we are all friends out there. If someone falls or is hurt and you stop to make sure they are safe we will provide a good friend reward, if you sacrifice your race to stay with an injured runner we will offer you a free entry to our other races next season
- No crew on course, please allow them to wait patiently at the finish. Having crew on the trail is grounds for disqualification
- See garbage, pick it up! Please leave absolutely nothing on the trails, except some sweat and foot prints, runners seen discarding anything will be disqualified

Visit our registration page on Race Roster to sign up!

Consider volunteering for any FVTR event, spending 4 or more hours with us will get you a free entry into another FVTR race!