Race/Course info

What is the Knee Knacker?

The Knee Knack­er­ing North Shore Trail Run is a chal­leng­ing 30-mile foot race along the Baden-Powell Cen­ten­nial Trail from Horse­shoe Bay to Deep Cove. The course will appeal to people with some expe­ri­ence in trail and/or endurance events. It pro­vides run­ners with mag­nif­i­cent city, moun­tain and ocean views, as they go up and over the moun­tains which grace the com­mu­ni­ties of Metro Vancouver’s North Shore, climb­ing 8,000 feet and descend­ing another 8,300 feet in the process. Run­ning Wild mag­a­zine has rec­og­nized the race as one of 25 tough­est races in North America.

What started as a group run with eight par­tic­i­pants in 1989, quickly grew into the largest ultra­ma­rathon race in Canada. By 1994, the race limit of 125 run­ners was reached five months prior to race day, with an even greater number of run­ners being turned away. Since then a lot­tery has been used to select an expanded field of 262 runners.

The race is pro­duced by the Northshore Ultra Trail­run­ning Soci­ety (incor­po­rated as a non-profit soci­ety in British Colum­bia) – a small group of ded­i­cated run­ners from the Metro Van­cou­ver area. Besides pro­vid­ing a forum for ath­letic com­pe­ti­tion, the race has raised over $40,000 for var­i­ous char­i­ties since its inception.


  • All entrants will receive a com­mem­o­ra­tive high-quality garment.
  • Spe­cial awards to all finishers.
  • Orga­nized train­ing runs.
  • Pre-race refresh­ments and trail briefing.
  • Post-race awards cer­e­mony and full dinner ban­quet (1 ticket only — addi­tional tick­ets may be pur­chased for a small fee).
  • Eleven well-stocked aid sta­tions.


  • Open men & women
  • 40–49 men & women
  • 50–59 men & women
  • 60+ men & women

Course times

Com­peti­tors must com­plete the race within 10 hours; cut-off times are enforced from the half-way mark onwards. More race time infor­ma­tion can be found at Course check­points and cut-offs.

Course records

  • Men: 4:39:52, Aaron Heidt (2009)
  • Women: 5:06:09, Ellie Green­wood (2010)

Dates, lot­tery, vol­un­teer requirements

Race week information

Race poli­cies