The Knee Knacker website is undergoing renovations. During the next few weeks you may see the website change multiple times. The content will stay the same but we’re improving the navigation, typography, and presentation, especially for mobile users. The last time we changed the website was in early 2012 which is, in Internet terms, ancient history. The site is “live” all the time, so we’ll do most of the construction late at night to minimize disruptions to you. Just watch out for the dust and overhanging wires!
Can you believe it? Apart from the highest points on Black Mountain, the Baden-Powell trail is mostly snow-free and calling on the Knee Knacker for excited trail runners already. What perfect timing. Our weekly training runs begin in a few short weeks on Sunday, May 4th. Your base might be terrific right now and you might already be looking for a new pair of shoes, but we encourage you to join the training runs. If not to enjoy the fabulous benefits of a graduated program, come get better acquainted with the course and the other fine folks you’ll be running with on July 12th. After all, knowing the course and keeping friends out there will be your greatest asset on race day. And if you need one more reason, it’s FUN!
On a more serious note, every year one or two runners find themselves under-prepared and in a less than happy place. With such close proximity to the city of Vancouver it is easy to feel like you’re not far from home. You are! The Baden-Powell trail is stunning and beautiful but runs through some fairly remote areas where the weather can change quickly so bringing the necessities is absolutely critical. Although the distances are similar to marathon training runs, Knee Knacker runs are not your average training runs. An experienced ultra runner will always have water, food, a whistle, cell phone, kleenex, band aids for blisters, a hat, a light jacket and gloves, stowed away in a small, light back pack. It is in your best interest, as well as the groups, to come prepared.
Finally, even though your dog is the cutest, smartest, fastest, most experienced trail dog of all time, we’d prefer it if you ran with him/her another time. For some runners, a zig-zagging, barking dog is the last obstacle they need on a tough training day. Thanks.
Please take a look at the TRAINING RUNS calendar on our website and plan to be there. It really is one of the last and best FREE things you can do in Vancouver (if you’re a crazy ultra runner).
See you on May 4th at the base of Grouse Mountain!
- Tom Craik
For all the map-nerds out there (and their husbands, too)…
Just in case if you missed it last year, or if it’s new to you this year, the District of North Vancouver GIS department kindly produced a superb map showing not only the Kneeknacker course along the Baden-Powell trail, but also the location of the 11 official aid stations.
The sneak-peak view is above, but for greater detail you can zoom right in if you click here to download the 6.2 Mb file.
We would like to thank and welcome back a fabulous group of volunteers - the aid station captains — and extend a special welcome to our new Black Mountain Captain, Nathan Barrett. Your Kneeknacker experience would not be the same with out them and their amazing crew. Here’s where you can find them on race day:
- Nathan Barrett — Black Mountain
- David Montgomery — Cypress
- Robyn Rennie — Hollyburn
- Sibylle Tinsel — Cleveland Dam
- Nicki Decloux — Skyline Drive
- Diane Campbell — Mountain Highway
- Suzanne Pearce — LSCR
- Jacquie Boyer — Lillooet Rd
- Patricia Love — Hyannis Drive
- Chris Lee — Seymour Rd
- Lindsay Wakelin — Panorama Park