JULY 22, 2017

This is the second race of the 2017 Wood Buffalo Trail Running Series!

The Birchwood Bender will take place in the Birchwood Trails in Thickwood, starting at the Doug Barnes Cabin (190 Tamarack Way).


- Toddler Dash (0-5 years old) --> 50-100m OR Kids Run - (6-12 years old) --> total of 1-2km
- SPORT (one loop) total of 6.4km
- ENDURO (two loops) total of 12.8km
Course map is attached below.


There will be prizes for the adult races for top 3 male and top 3 female finishers in each distance and there will be draw prizes raffled off for all finishers.

The kids will all receive finisher ribbons.


Timing chips will be used to track times and you will pick these up at the race package pickup (they will be on the back of your race bib).


Saturday, July 22nd from 9 - 10:30 am at the Doug Barnes Cabin.


For racer safety there will be no dogs, strollers or baby joggers, iPods or headphones or Nordic walking poles allowed. As this is an off road race the terrain will be uneven - please wear appropriate footwear.


9 - 10:30am - Race Package Pickup

9:45am - Group Warm Up

9:50am - Toddler Dash

10:00am - Kids Race

10:15am - ENDURO (two loops)

10:45am - SPORT (one loop)

11:45am (ish) - Awards & Prizes


Adults: Entry Fees is $35/adult, Kids are FREE!
Check the Registration tab on our website.

Registration closes July 20th at midnight (for adults and kids).


Volunteers are needed! If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please contact


View full race details on the website

If you have any questions please contact via Facebook or

See you race day!


Birchwood Bender Course Map

Birchwood Bender Course Map


This race is through the lower Birchwood Trails and winds through several fun and challenging (hilly) trails.

3 - 2 - 1 RACE!!!

Race course is well marked. The following is the sequence of trails that you will be on:
Head out on upper Moose trail, right beside the cabin and continue to Snake Hill. Go down Snake Hill and at the bottom turn right onto Squirrel, going down the steep hill and staying left until you cross Robin Bridge. After that, turn right and cross Woodpecker Bridge and head up super steep Hell's Gate. At the top of that turn left onto Cougar Trail. At the end of Cougar, after another steep climb turn left (If you end up on Lynx Trail you went to far up) and head down towards Wolf Trail and Divorce Hill. At the t-intersection, turn left and head down Divorce Hill and follow trail until you reach Deer Trail. Turn left and run until you hit a 3 way intersection. Turn left onto Bear Trail, cross Grouse Bridge and keep running. You will stay on this trail for 2.4km until you reach a 4 way intersection. Turn left and head over Raven Bridge and on Beaver Trail. Keep running. When you reach Birchwood Hill, which takes you up to the cabin, turn left. Do not go up this hill. Keep running. At 300m, you will see a right turn which takes you up a hill back towards the cabin and finish line. After 300m it will connect with Birchwood Hill. Head up the hill to the finish.  Repeat this loop again if you are doing the INSANITY (12.8km) distance!