Fat Dog 120 Trail Race

Doing Informal Run in 2020?

There is no virtual race. If you plan to do parts of the course, you need the GPX file (ask us) and a support crew. Print out the route descriptions (in Detailed route and profile). Travel in small groups and stay together for safety. Carry: an InReach or Spot device, water filter like Lifestraw, good headlamp and backup batteries, and wide range of clothes for hot to cold.
Create a safety and dropout plan.

We recommend you DON'T do Trapper leg. The 2018 wildfire has made the trail difficult to follow without our custom signage. The trail weaves on and off an FSR and it is NOT marked. Part is on private land. There is no rope across the Pasayten River which leads to private land. You will spend too much time trail-finding and will likely get lost.
The easiest legs to follow are Leg 1 Cathedral, and from Leg 3 Bonnevier to the end at Lightning Lake; you can follow the GPX and park signage. As backup, download the Avenza app (select Manning/Skagit by Clark Geomatics) which doesn't need cell service.
Note that the log bridge crossing at Cayuse Flats is a mess right now. To cross, go upstream a bit and you'll find a very shallow water crossing.
Make sure you have a crew to pick you up at the end because Lightning Lake is a day use area for parking, with no overnight parking for your vehicle. Or walk back 5 km to the resort from the lake.

Cancelled due to COVID-19

Fat Dog has been cancelled for 2020 based on the risk assessment and for the safety of all racers and others attending the race. Registered racers have been notified. As of April 14, registered racers were able to choose a 100% deferral to 2021 using an online form sent by email.

August 6-8, 2021

Most scenic ultra race in Canada. Join us for a challenging point to point race that straddles 3 stunning provincial parks in British Columbia, Canada in the Cascade Mountains. Just short of Everest for elevation gain; Fat Dog 120 mile is 8682 metres, Everest is 8848 metres.


What's New

  • We are planning to use the original route from Keremeos to Manning in 2021.
  • Call Manning Park Resort to book your accommodations 1-604-668-5922.
  • Box lunches will be available for relay teams and support crews (you can pre-order and pre-pay).
  • Awards lunch provided in the Alpine Room.
  • Like to identify scat? See new Resources page.
  • UTMB allows 6 points for 120 mile event.
  • Trail Runner Magazine suggests Fat Dog 120 if you didn't make Hardrock or Western States!

Join Us for Trail Work

Whether in your neighbourhood or our parks, your participation is significant in helping maintain trails. Add this to your training program! See the Trail Work page.

Race Difficulty

Not only is this race just short of Everest, it is also considered one of the world's 9 toughest ultramarathons by Outside Online. See About details.