Press release for the 2013 Knee Knacker Race

West Van­cou­ver, British Colum­bia – The annual Knee Knack­er­ing North Shore Trail Run (the “Knee Knacker”) will be run­ning for the 25th time, and it is expected that over 350 eager entrants will be wait­ing for the results of the lot­tery draw­ing start­ing at 8:00pm on March 5 to see who will be toeing the start line this year. This mile­stone Knee Knacker event takes place on Sat­ur­day, July 13, 2013 start­ing at Horse­shoe Bay and ending at Panorama Park in Deep Cove.

With only 200 spots avail­able, the Knee Knacker has become a must-do race for many local and inter­na­tional trail run­ners and has been sold out every year since 1991. To pre­serve the high qual­ity of the event and to have suf­fi­cient vol­un­teers and resources avail­able for all run­ners, the lot­tery system was insti­tuted in 1995 to ensure a fair and open process for all poten­tial par­tic­i­pants to join. Many of the lot­tery entrants who are not drawn still attend the race as fans or volunteers.

The roots of the race trace back to an orig­i­nal field of eight par­tic­i­pants in 1989, when the sport of ultra-marathoning (races longer than a 26.2 mile marathon) had not yet reached the level of pop­u­lar­ity it has now. While there are races over dis­tances longer than the Knee Knacker’s 30 miles, not many are tougher in North Amer­ica. This year, the Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee has planned a vari­ety of ways to cel­e­brate the 25th run­ning, bring­ing together shared mem­o­ries from mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions of ultra-marathoners. The post-race ban­quet at Park­gate Com­mu­nity Centre will fea­ture photos, shirts, sou­venirs, and sto­ries from those who com­pleted the race in its ear­li­est days.

As one of Canada’s pre­mier ultra-marathon races, the Knee Knacker takes par­tic­i­pants from Horse­shoe Bay to Deep Cove along the 30-mile (48.6 km) Baden-Powell trail. Run­ners go up, over, and around the major North Shore moun­tains – Cypress, Grouse, and Sey­mour – gain­ing over 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) in ele­va­tion along the way for a total ele­va­tion change of over 16,000 feet (4,800 meters). With the North Shore’s unique weather con­di­tions, run­ners can expect snow­pack at the peaks of the moun­tains they will be climb­ing, fol­lowed by a descent into hot and humid con­di­tions on the lower sec­tions later in the course.

A sched­ule of race activ­i­ties is avail­able at and people wish­ing to vol­un­teer at this excit­ing event can browse the oppor­tu­ni­ties listed on the site. The Knee Knacker is a volunteer-run, non-profit race that has donated over $75,000 to local com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tions since its incep­tion. Pro­ceeds from this year’s race will ben­e­fit the North Shore Search and Rescue (NSR) team. To make your own dona­tion to NSR, visit the Knee Knacker site at For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please contact:

Kelsy Trigg,
Race Direc­tor