YEG Dead Legs - Presented by MEC & Andrew Ference

  • Date
    Saturday, 29 August, 2015
  • Time
    From 09:00 am to 01:00 pm MDT
  • Organizer
    MEC Edmonton
  • Price
  • Address
    Alfred Savage Centre
    Keillor Rd NW
    Edmonton, AB

Feeling strong?  Got legs of steel?   

We'll test that.

Join MEC and the Captain of the Edmonton Oilers, Andrew Ference in this one-of-a-kind challenge combining cycling or running and stair climbing throughout Edmonton's River Valley. The challenge will have you riding over 25 kms on both single track and paved trails, and climbing/descending over 2000 stair steps - carrying your ride each and every step. For those of you on two feet instead of two wheels you will be running 8-10 Kms on both single track and paved trails and climbing/descending a yet to be determined amount of stairs.  (Don't worry the number will be in the range of lots - too many!)


Still interested?

This challenge will see a maximum of 100 cyclists and 200 runners you are advised to register early to secure your spot.

  • All participants are required to follow the rules of the road, and of the trail system; this includes dismounting at any road crossing along the route.
  • All participants are required to familiarize themselves with the challenge route. It will be marked with arrow markers to help you along the way.

100 Cyclists & 200 Runners  ------> $25







Please choose from one of the following options to sign up for this race:

  • Register online below for only $25 before 12:00pm Thursday August 27th, 2015

  • Register in-store at MEC Edmonton for $25 before 12:00pm Thursday August 27th, 2015

  • There will be no race registrations for this event.

Race Package Pick-up

  • In-Store - Thursday August 27th and Friday August 28th from 5pm to 9pm at the Store Entrance
  • Race Day- You can pick up from 7:30am-8:30am at the race

Race Participants Club Night

In return for participating in this challenge, we will be extending a 10% discount on any regularly priced product in the store (Blundstone footwear is exempt) when you pick up your race package on Thursday August 27th 5-9pm or Friday August 27th 5-9pm.  You must present your bib to the cashier to recieve your discount.


For all you running type who prefer two legs over two wheels please click on the link below to register:

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If you are willing to carry your bike up and down stairs plus a ride around town then follow the link below to register:

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Event Information

Start/Finish Location

Located at the Alfred Savage Center.

First Aid will be provided by True Link Safety


Parking is available beside Whitemud Park, Fort Edmonton and near the Whitemud Equestrian Center. Please abide by all municipal parking bylaws.

Bags/Gear Storage

We do NOT have a secure bag check however we will have a large tent by our registration tents to store your belongings.  Detach the bottom portion of your bib and attach to bag as identification. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGED, LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS.  

Race Start Times

Our races are scheduled to start on time. We invite anyone to come early and warm up or just get excited about the run. 


  • Black diamond starts at 9am
  • Blue starts at 9:10 am
  • Green starts at 9:20 am


  • We will have 3 heats to avoid stair congestion at 9:30, 9:35 & 9:40 am


Course Details

Run Course

Ride Course


Finish Line Festivities

What happens once you pass the finish line to thunderous applause? Stay awhile and celebrate.

SPUD will be providing a sumptious array of fruit.

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ReDefined Health will be there to work out any soft tissue kinks and stresses - you might have a few.

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Polar and Brooks will also be showing off their awesome gear.

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Lululemon is presenting the Lemon Lounge complete with snacks and refreshments.


This is a challenge so there is no chip timing.  We do have a Strava Leaderboard - so all you competitive types can see how you stacked up.


We will have a photographer on hand to snap pictures of the event throughout the day.  These can be viewed here:


Where is it?

The start\finish line is located at the Alfred Savage Center near Whitemud Park. There will be many banners, tents and a large MEC race arch.

The trail is flagged with orange flags at intersections, as well as marked with KM markers and MEC Race direction markers. We will also have water/aid stations on route as well as course marshals along the way. We will have a bike sweep that will be following the last runner that is familiar with the route as well.

Where can I park?

There is parking located at Whitemud Park, Fort Edmonton and near Whitemud Equestrian Center.

What surfaces will I be running on?

This course consists of paved multi-use trails and unpaved single tracks. It remains open to the public during this event. 

Are there hills? 

It's not the hills you should be worried about - afterall you have many many stairs to contend with.  I guarantee many uphill and downhill sections, but rumour has it you devour hills as an appetizer. 

May I wear headphones?

Due to the technical nature of this course the use of headphones is not recommended.

May I bring my children and push them in a stroller?

Not unles you want to carry them.  Due to the technical nature of this course, unfortunately no strollers or trailers are permitted.

How do you time your races?

This is a challenge and so will not be chip-timed. We will be using a Strava Leaderboard for you competive types.