Rubble Creek Classic 25k Running in Garibaldi Park, Whistler
The Rubble Creek Classic, an annual trail run in Whistler that has slowly gained popularity, is a wonderful and brutal 25k race from the Cheakamus Lake trailhead to the Rubble Creek trailhead. One fantastic attribute of this running route is that you run in a linear route and don't ever cover the same ground.
The route is very challenging and varied. You run 1.5k along the Cheakamus Lake trail until you reach the Helm Creek trail that branches off to the right. Follow this trail up to Helm Creek and then continue by following the signs high up into the beautiful alpine. The huge and beautiful Black Tusk so impressive in the distance. You eventually pass Black Tusk on your right and enter Taylor Meadows. From Taylor Meadows to the Rubble Creek trailhead is a constant downhill run.
The current record is an amazing 1:50:51, set in 2012 by Edward McCarthy. There are plenty of creeks and streams along the route so you can refill along the way frequently if needed. This route is free of snow, mostly by mid to late July until late to early October.
Start at the Cheakamus Lake Trailhead:
From Village Gate Boulevard, drive south, toward Vancouver for 8km. At the lights at Function Junction, turn left, about 500 metres ahead you will see a sign on your left for Cheakamus Lake. Follow the unpaved road for 8km to the Cheakamus trailhead.
Finish at Garibaldi Lake Trailhead(Rubble Creek):
From Village Gate Boulevard, drive south, toward Vancouver. The well marked turn off to Black Tusk(Garibaldi) trailhead is 25km south of Whistler on your left.