Runners from all over the Peace Region are preparing for one challenging marathon.
Tumbler Ridge will be hosting the 2011 Emperor’s Challenge on Saturday.
The 20 km half marathon mountain run starts near the tree line of Babcock Mountain and participants will climb 2,000 feet to the summit.
Also taking place is a kid’s marathon, which consists of a 2-4 km race.
Upon reaching the top, participants can claim their reward, a breathtaking view of the Northern Rockies which the summit offers.
Runners are asked to gather at the Core Lodge site, a 40 minute drive from the marathon start. Three buses will be available to transport participants and are on a first come-first serve basis. They will leave the Core Lodge site at 7:15 a.m.
This year will be the first time the marathon is using a Chip timer, which will be attached to each racer’s bib. Runners will have five hours to complete the 20 km event and must reach the first water station, 8.5 km into the race, by 11:30 a.m.
The adult race is already full, but there is still room in the children’s race. However, Wednesday is the final day to register.
Runners can pick up their packages on Friday at the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre from 6-9 p.m or before 8:15 a.m. the day of the race at the race site.
For more information on the Emperors Challenge, please visit the marathon’s official website.