Frosty Mountain Ultra

Registration opens December 1, 2020

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The race is held in Manning Provincial Park, which is a 3 hour drive east from Vancouver, BC.

Race Day Details

When September 19, 2021
Where Manning Park, BC. Lightning Lake Day use area.
Distance 50 km, 27 km and 13 km
Start Times 50 km – 8:00 AM
27 km – 9:30 AM
13 km – 11:00 AM
50 km (early start) 7:30 AM
Age Requirements 50 km – Age on race day 19 years or older
27 km/13 km – Age on race day 14 years or older

How to Get There

From Vancouver, take Highway 1 to Hope, then Highway 3 to Manning Park. Follow the signs to Lightning Lake “DAY” parking. It takes about 2.5-3 hours to get there. Allow plenty of time on race day or spend the night before at the campground or lodge.

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Parking at the Lightning Lake Day Use Area is now free! Yay!

Aid Stations

Due to the remote location of the race, aid will be limited to approximately five stations; therefore, be prepared and plan to carry lots of water. First Aid personnel will be onsite. Drop bags can be picked up at Aid station three.

Lightning 13 km

Station Distance
Aid Station 1 3 km
Finish 13 km

Endurance 27 km

Station Distance
Aid Station 1 8 km
Aid Station 2 20 km
Finish 27 km

Ultra 50 km

Station Distance
Aid Station 1 8 km
Aid Station 2 20 km
Aid Station 3 27 km
Aid Station 4 34 km
Aid Station 5 42 km
Finish 50 km

Race Package Pickup

Sunday September 13th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Running Room – North Vancouver
Suite 754, 2601 Westview Drive
North Vancouver, BC V7N 3X4
Ph: (604) 983-9761

Friday September 18th at Manning Park Lodge from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Race Day Package Pickup  September 19, 2019

At race start location up to 30 minutes before each race start time.

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Top Male and Female competitor in the 50 km ultra will receive $200 cash $250 if a new record is set.

Top Male and Female finisher in the 27 km Endurance distance will receive a $50 gift certificate from Running Room.

Top Male and Female finisher in the 13 km Lightning distance will receive a $25 gift certificate from Running Room.

All participants will receive a garment.

All finishers will receive a Finisher Medal .

All age group winners will receive a bottle of wine.

Age Categories

The following age categories will be applicable: 14-19 (1); 20-24 (2); 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70+.

(1)13 km & 27 km events only
(2) 19-24 for 50 km event only


Please note the registration fees and dates below:

Distance Early (until Feb 28) Regular (until July 31) Late (until Sep 14) Race Day
13 km Lightning $50 $60 $80 $90
27 km Endurance $70 $80 $90 $100
50 km Ultra $85 $95 $110 $120

To register online for the Frosty, please click the button below. Or alternatively, you may download, print and complete this form and mail it to us with a cheque. You can download the registration form by clicking here.The registration fee is not refundable nor transferable to another runner. You may upgrade to a longer distance and pay the difference, or you may downgrade.

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The Route

The race will start in Lightning Lake Day Parking Lot, Manning Park, BC. The route will travel on a trail beside the road to turnoff to 20 Minute Lake Trail but go left along Little Muddy Trail (which is through a field). Follow posted signage to Windy Joe and Similkameen Trail. After that, follow signage for Frosty Mtn. Ascend to the forested areas, open meadows, single track, and rocky sections to wooden signs just before the summit of Frosty Mountain which is the highest peak in Manning Park at 7900 feet (2408 meters). After reaching the wooden signs, the race will descend (on the right side) through a short rocky section then into meadows on easy switchbacks and reach the south side of Lightning Lake. The 27 km race will turn off to finish back at Lightning Lake parking lot just past Aid station 3, while the 50 km race will continue around Lightning and Strike Lake followed by a relatively easy climb up Sky Line Trail 1 returning via Strawberry Flats to Lightning Lake parking lot.

Topographical Map with route marked

Google Earth Map with route marked

Note that the orientation of this map is off; with North pointing to the lower right hand side of the picture.


Challenging race due to climbing. Most trails are non-technical and very runnable. Estimated time for 27 km is between 2:45 to 5 hours. Estimated time for the 50 km is between 5:30 and 10:00, note there is a cut of time of 6 hours at Aid station 3. Arrival after 6 hours will be marked “Did Not Finish” and you will not be allowed to continue on the course. Sweeps start at 9:30 on the first half of the race.

Elevation Profile

Course Profile

Trail Racing Series

The Frosty Mountain Ultra is a qualifying race for the North Face Ultratrail Du Mont-Blanc race. The Frosty Mountain race is worth 1 Point towards the UTMB or the CCC races.

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Where to Stay

Manning Park Resort is ideal for lodging, however space is very limited during the summer months, so you must book as soon as possible.

Camping is available: Lightning Lakes campground is in the Reservation system from June 3 to October 11. Other campgrounds are approximately 50% reservable and 50% first come, first served. All reservations must go through the Discover Camping Reservation Service.