A 175-km trail run scheduled to kick off in Fort Saskatchewan this July has been cancelled.
The Athabaska Ultra 100, billed as the province’s longest trail run, was set to take place July 28-29, with runners taking off from a starting line at West River’s Edge and following the Trans-Canada trail to Athabasca.
According to a May 29 notice posted on the Athabaska Ultra website, the event will no longer go ahead due to logistical challenges and unforeseen circumstances.
“The board apologizes for any inconvenience that this may have caused,” the notice said. “We believe in the importance of community collaborations between our regions and hope that the collaborations begun here will continue in the future.”
Race organizers were in Fort Saskatchewan in March to ask city council for logistical and financial help with the trail run, with council agreeing to set aside $5200 in out-of-pocket funding and $7450 of in-kind support in the form of staffing and equipment. The city recently reported that it has not provided any funding for the event.
The Athabaska Ultra was expected to bring up to 1500 runners and spectators to the city on race weekend.