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Emperor's Challenge cancelled for second year in a row

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Emperor's Challenge
The view from the re-routed portion of the Emperor's Challenge trail.

After months of meetings on how to go ahead - the Emperor's Challenge will not see a starter's pistol again this year.

The race's planning committee announced today it will be cancelling th 2021 event altogether, with plans to bring it back in August 2022. 

"We were well into planning it, we had a timer and volunteers in place, and our medical team, but as we got closer to (the June 7 registration date), we realized it was going to be difficult to pull everything together, and we weren't sure the government was even going to allow us to hold it," said race director Jerrilyn Kirk. 

Though the recent PHO announcement regarding B.C.'s reopening was hopeful, it still wasn't clear if the race would be able to go ahead on its scheduled date of August 7.

"It broke our hearts, it wasn't an easy decision. We made sure to do it by consensus, and had everyone on our planning committee approve the decision," said Kirk.

"We didn't want to rush our planning and then have to cancel it last second or risk any injuries because we weren't as prepared as we would normally be."

Kirk said one of the benefits to not holding the race for the past year was being able to make routing changes last summer, and to do cleanup this year.

The Emperor’s Challenge is a half marathon on Babcock Mountain, located in the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark.  The total distance is 20 km, with the summit at km 11. A kids race is also available, with a 2 km and 4 km distances.

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