With summer officially here, the snow (almost) melted, and the trails clear, there’s plenty of beautiful trail running opportunities here in Whistler. But (and call us biased), we think the Brandywine Boogie on 22nd September is the pick of the crop, and we’ve got five great reasons why:

1. It’s mostly downhill

Okay, maybe not mostly, but overall the route does take you downhill more than uphill, which is a rare thing in Whistler. The route begins at Bayly Park in Cheakamus, and ends 10.5 km later at Cal-Cheak Campground. You’ll run through beautiful old growth forest on gravel and single-track trails, and be treated with stunning views as you cross the Cheakamus River suspension bridge.

The Brandywine Boogie route begins in Cheakamus and finishes at the Cal-Cheak Campground

2. It’s open to anyone

We know lots of Whistler-ites love to push themselves, and there will certainly be some experienced trail runners at the Boogie. But this family-friendly event is not just for them. There’s categories for youth, groups and walkers too. So bring the whole family, convince all your friends or make it a stunning walk in the woods. Whatever your age, fitness level or goal, the Brandywine Boogie is for you.

Runners of all ages and interests set off on the Boogie in 2017

3. It’s affordable

Early Bird tickets are still available until 31st July for only $35 per person. After that, it’s still only $40 to enter, with discounts available for under-18s and groups too. We reckon it’s a fantastic deal to get you motivated for your summer fitness goals!

You’ll be treated to spectacular views like this along the way

4. You could win some awesome prizes!

Sure, a sense of accomplishment is great, and we all love the deep satisfaction of achieving a goal. But you can’t deny it’s even better when you can win a prize too. And the Boogie prizes are good! Loads of local businesses are getting involved and donating prizes, including a stay at the Crystal Lodge, vouchers for Basalt and The Beacon, and a free pass to Whistler Creek Athletic Club, with lots more to be announced.

If you run the Brandywine Boogie, you could win a night’s stay at the Crystal Lodge

5. It’s for charity!

That’s right, 100% of profits are donated to charities, including Zero Ceiling, WORCA and the Rotary Youth Exchange. Just one entry fee of $40 could pay for a bus pass for one of the young people in our Work 2 Live program. Or it could buy food for a Family Dinner, to help them learn to plan, budget and cook healthy meals.

Your race entry feed could provide food for one of our Family Dinners – a vital chance for young people to learn how to plan, budget and cook healthy meals

Register online now

As Hannah Edleston, one of the team organizing the race said:

“If you are looking to do something good for the community and to achieve an awesome fitness goal this is for you!”

So, if you’ve been convinced (and you should be), you can register online at Race Roster. Remember, Early Bird tickets are only available until July 31st!

The Brandywine Boogie, now in it’s fourth year, is organized by the Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium. Join the Facebook event for updates and more information