Trail named end-of-race host

Raid the North Extreme (RTNX) announced last week that the Silver City will be the official finish line to the week-long, 500-kilometre endurance race.

As British Columbia’s “Number One Sports Town”, it is very fitting that Trail be selected as the host community for the finish and end-of-race activities for Canada’s premiere expedition adventure race. The city’s long history of athletic achievement is a defining characteristic of the community.

“We are excited to experience the energy and grit associated with the Raid the North Extreme event and we are eager to welcome these elite athletes to our community after many grueling days out in the wilderness,” said Trail Mayor Dieter Bogs. “And we plan to show them some of the warm hospitality for which Trail is known.”

Raid the North is a six-day, non-stop expedition race, that will run, bike, hike and paddle from July 23 to 31, through the rugged terrain of the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. It will feature co-ed teams of four from around the world as they navigate the unmarked course through the Selkirk, Purcell and Monashee Mountains.

“Given that the West Kootenay holds rich mining history – one that the event will showcase – it’s very appropriate to hold the race finish in the City of Trail,” said Geoff Langford, president of RTNX.

Trail is home to Teck Metals Ltd., one of the world’s largest primary metals refining complexes and its economy is the backbone of the West Kootenay region.

Raid the North Extreme is already approaching sold-out status of 50 teams from around the world including Canada, the U.S., Australia, Mexico, Ireland, Switzerland and St. Maarten.