The start/finish of last year's Round the Mountain race.

The start/finish of last year's Round the Mountain race.

Go Round the Mountain in Kimberley

Bike, hike, run the course around Northstar Mountain

The Round the Mountain Festival in Kimberley is that rare new event that caught on immediately and has seen consistent growth since inception.

It’s only the third installment coming up this June and organizers are expecting over 400 competitors to trek, run and bike around Northstar Mountain.

“What started as an idea just a few years ago, with a couple of local clubs having a trail run on this well loved route, has become a full festival celebrating Kimberley’s trail network,” said Nigel Kitto. “RTM Festival has quickly embedded itself into Kimberley’s festival and events calendar, reflecting some of Kimberley’s values – outdoors, active and fun.”

The Round the Mountain trail is a 20 km long and competitors can choose to run, hike or bike. A Duo competition features two laps, one on a bike, then on foot. There is also a 10 km trail run through the Kimberley Nordic Centre and Kimberley Nature Park. Because of the family atmosphere at the start/finish line, Round the Mountain has evolved into a race for the entire family and includes several kids events. A Junior Duathalon, as well as smaller courses for younger kids are offered.

We have some local food vendors, as well as a beer garden which will keep the spectators happy,” Kitto said. “Entertainment by Don Davies, The Hollers and The Good O’l Goats will also provide some fun, and a great welcome back to the festivities for the participants. There is also  a free bus shuttle from the Visitor Center to the Nordic Center – check the website for more information. Silent auctions and raffles will also help in fundraising, proceeds from the festival go right back into the trails and community groups looking after them.”

You can sign up for any event you choose at www.roundthemountain.ca

And do it quickly, Kitto says.

“Spots are filling fast, 300 people have already signed up – with numbers capped at 450, it looks like it might be another sell-out.”