1000m ascent in less than 6km
Virtual Time-Trial Format
2022 Race Series
Four month Series Begins June 4 2022
Multiple Race Options for 2022!
New VK Marathon & Ultra race formats
- Back for its 2nd year - Enter and Experience the Biggest Vertical Kilometer Series Ever Held in One Location
- Test your Fitness - Challenge your Friends
- Self-Timed Format - Run the Courses When it Suits You
- Multiple Leaderboard Categories and Participation Options
- New for 2022 - VK Group Competitions - Target Different Regional VK Courses
- New for 2022 - Everest Adventure VK Marathon (10 Easier courses) and Everest Summits VK Marathon (10 Harder courses)
- New for 2022 - the VK Ultramarathon (20 courses) - Finish all 20 Courses and Enter our Hall of Fame
What is a Vertical KM?
A VK (Vertical Kilometer or Kilometer Vertical) race is an up-hill mountain running race that ascends 1000 vertical meters in the shortest distance possible.
VK racing has a long history in European SkyRunning tradition and is a very popular summer activity for fitness conditioning.
Pandemic Friendly - Self-Timed Format
VK races are ideally suited for our current circumstances. VK's are typically held in time-trial format and run individually.
Our series is run online and you run the courses whenever it suits you. One you are finished you upload your GPS files or Strava links to get your times and efforts verified to qualify for race rankings.
20 Unique and Challenging VK Courses in 6 Regional Groupings
Experience Vancouver's North Shore Mountains and surrounding regions like never before. With six different regional groups to compete in, you can race across one or more of these groups depending on your preferences! The groupings of courses are:
- Cypress Group (2 courses)
- Skyline Group (3 Courses)
- Mt Fromme Group (3 Courses)
- Headwaters Group (3 Courses)
- Sea to Sky Group (4 courses)
- Grouse Group (5 courses)
Multiple Race Options New in 2022Complete all 20 courses to finish the Climb to the Stratosphere VK Ultramarathon (86km and 20000m elevataion gain) over four months and Enter our Hall of Fame.
Finish 10 courses in one of our two Everest VK Marathon races (an easier and harder option).
Or simply compete in one or more of our regional VK course groups (between 2 and 5 courses).
How the 2022 Series Works
Get Fit and Motivated
Love the Grouse Grind but looking for more adventure and scenery? Well VK's are even harder challenge and are the favoured race format used by mountaineers and elite athletes in Europe for fitness conditioning. And with some of our VK courses you are rewarded with breathtaking views.
Want to prepare properly? Then check out our Training page for tips, training plans and performance coaching options.
Like Climbing a lot? Not the Most Elite Climber?
Ready to hit the trails but not the fastest climber? That's ok! If competing with the elites is not your strongest asset, then you can simply aim to finish a Regional VK Group race, the two Marathon Options, or the VK Ultra.
Returning in 2022, is also our Strategy Based Power Ranking Series that rewards the individuals who put the most effort into the series!
Grab your High-Quality Race Shirt
Our series offers a very high-quality premium race singlet Made in Germany by Owayo who hold a 4.9/5 rating on Ekomi.
These shirts breathe beautifully and feel like silk. The best running singlet I've ever owned! -- James Stewart (Couch to the Summit)
To be confirmed for 2022 by June 4 series opening
Prizes are largely determined by amount of registrations in the series
The Vancouver VK Series is Proudly Sponsored by Bremner's Foods a local Vancouver based company.
Check out their premium products on Bremners Online at:www.bremnerfoods.com
Series Developed and Produced by Couch to the Summit
Check us out for trail running information, training tips, performance coaching and more at:www.couchtothesummit.com