1000m ascent in less than 5km
Virtual Time-Trial Format
20 ISF European Standard VK Courses


Vancouver Vertical KM
Race Series

Four month Series Begins June 1 2021
Register anytime Until September 1st 2021
Series Ends October 3rd 2021

Register Now - $59   Series Dashboard

  • Enter and Experience the Biggest Vertical Kilometer Series Ever Held in One Location
  • Pandemic Friendly Series! Start Training for Summer now with Certainty - Test your Fitness - Challenge your Friends
  • Self-Timed Online Format - Run the Courses When it Suits You
  • Multiple Leaderboard Categories and Prizes - Performance Categories (Fastest Times) and Power Rankings (for dedicated Participants)
  • 20 VK Courses on offer including those suited for both Uphill and Downhill Specialists - 12 North Shore and 8 Backcountry Courses
  • Strategy Based Series - The Fastest Runner May Not Easily Win!

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.

Learn about VK's Here

Get Fit and Motivated

Love the Grouse Grind? Well VK's are even harder challenge and are the favoured race format used by mountaineers and elite athletes in Europe for fitness conditioning.

Want to prepare properly? Then check out our Training Tips page.

Training Tips

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. Plan and prepare for the Summer with certainty. Our series is run online.

Run the courses whenever it suits you - upload your GPS files or Strava links to get your times and efforts verified to qualify for the leaderboards and prizes.

20 Unique VK Courses

Experience Vancouver's North Shore Mountains like Never Before. The Series has three groupings of courses:

  • Grouse Mountain (12 courses)
  • Lions Bay (4 courses)
  • Backcountry (4 courses)

Explore our VK Courses

Overall Series Winner

To win the series, a runner only has to run 5 of the 20 courses; however, there is strategy required to fight off rival competitors.

Only your five best ranked VK course times will count toward the series ranking.

How the Series Works

Earn Badges and Power Ranking Points

Not the fastest climber? That's ok! If competing with the elites is not your strongest asset, then compete for the series power ranking. Earn badges with unique challenges and score additional power ranking points, or simply aim to run as many of the 20 courses as you can!

How the Series Works

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)

Our Race Shirts

Winners and Prizes

Series Ranking Grand prizes on offer for both Men's and Women's Overall Series Ranking winners.

Power Ranking Winner One grand prize for the power ranking winner!

Random Draw Prize All competitors who complete 5 different courses or more go into the draw to win one grand prize.

How the Series Works

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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:

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Series Developed and Produced by Couch to the Summit

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