Rugged west coast trails around Sasamat and Buntzen Lakes, traversing the Diez Vistas ridge.

Race Start/Finish Location:

White Pine Beach at Sasamat Lake in Belcarra Regional Park near Port Moody, BC

Racer inquiries or eager volunteers, please contact us:

diezvista (at) gmail (dot) com

04 March, 2013


We are very excited that you will be participating in the 50k run on April 6, 2013 starting at White Pine Beach, Belcarra Regional Park, near Anmore, BC. Please read through the following information carefully to ensure a great race day.


  1. 1)There are absolutely no entries accepted at this time and NO day-of-race registration.

  2. 2)Your entry is NOT transferable. You cannot sell or give it away to anyone else. If you are injured or do not intend to run this year, please let us know by phone or e-mail ASAP. Sorry, there are no refunds.

  3. 3)Look up the driving directions to the start/finish area on the web ahead of time. The start/finish is tucked away at Sasamat Lake, beyond the residential areas. Don’t miss the start because of poor planning!

  4. 4)Bring a comfy folding chair, a plate and a spoon for the post-race BBQ picnic

  5. 5)Have fun! Remember to enjoy the mountains, trees, trails & fellow trail runners along the way! Please respect our volunteers as some of them will be out on the course all day. Please say “thank you”.


6:00a.m.: Check in, package pickup and drop bag drop-off at the registration table (no pre-race day package pickup)

7:15a.m.: Pre-run briefing, course review and rules

7:30a.m.: Race begins

2:30p.m.: Cut-off at #5 Eagle Mountain Road (approx. 37 km)

2:30p.m.: Awards begin at finish line

2:30p.m.:Post-run BBQ at the finish line for racers and volunteers ONLY. Please bring your own plate, cup and spoon.


We can always use more volunteers on run day.  Please let us know if your family or friends are available to help.


Drop bags can be delivered to the start line at race check-in on Saturday morning. Please mark your bag clearly with your race number, which you will receive race morning. Please do not pack items that will spill. One drop bag per participant. Drop bags will be limited to a maximum of 5 lbs. Bags will be delivered to Aid Station #3 Buntzen South. Drop Bags will be brought back to the finish line after the final runner passes through this exchange point.


There are 6 aid stations on the course. Be aware you may not find exactly what you want at the aid stations. Please equip your drop bag accordingly. We will do our best to supply a variety of items that may include fruit, candy, gels, chips, pretzels, soda, etc. Each aid station will have a small supply of Band-Aids and Vaseline.

There will a limited number of gels available. The foods that are generally available are: salt replacement foods (pretzels, chips), fruits (oranges, bananas,melons), potatoes, cookies, candies, etc.


The Diez Vista run course cuts through Belcarra Regional Park and the Buntzen Lake Recreation Area. These are popular recreation areas, frequented by many other users who may not be aware of the race. It is of utmost importance that we show courtesy and respect to other trail users so as to minimize any disruption. All trash must be properly thrown out in aid station garbage bags. Do not litter!


Bears, coyotes and other potentially dangerous wildlife live on the course and have surprised runners in the past. Keep alert and be careful where you place your feet and hands. Please stay on the trail at all times.


We are a volunteer run event and all proceeds go to Lower Mainland area community groups.

14 April, 2013

Race results are posted at UltraSignup!!


Congratulations to all runners, and special thanks to all the volunteers who made this year’s event go so well.

See you in 2014!

03 April, 2013

Spectator Directions

How can your Mom watch you accomplish this great feat??

Spectators or Crew can access aid station #3 and #4 easily and, of course, the start/finish at Sasamat Lake. Please note that a crew may provide assistance to their runner at aid station locations only.

I have attached a link to the Buntzen Lake Rec map brochure which shows all the roads and trails in the area.


The small blue map on the back of the brochure shows how to get to the Buntzen Lake Park from Lougheed/Hwy 7.

If you study the main map inset, you will see the main parking area. The beach area nearby has a "picnic shelter". This is aid station #3 (23km for runners). Runners will be coming through here from 9:25am until 12:00pm.

After you see your runner there, you can simply drive a little ways back along the park road (~ 2km) to the 'equestrian staging area' parking lot which is the location of aid station #4 (shown on the larger map but still within the park boundaries) (7 km later for runners)

If you want to see runners at the finish line, you need to drive around to Sasamat Lake, which is about a 15 minute drive away from Buntzen Lake. Sasamat Lake is shown on the small blue map on the brochure. It is not labelled but the road names are labelled. Sasamat is the small circular lake just southwest of Buntzen on that map.

Aid stations #1, #2 and #6 are accessible to spectators and crew but only if they hike in to them. Please refer to the ‘course description’ page for the written directions of the hike.

18 November, 2014


For the first time, the Diez Vista will hold a registration LOTTERY…yes, I said LOTTERY. The 2015 entry process will be by lottery drawing and the lottery will take place on December 8, 2014.

This change has been brought forward because of issues you and Ultra Signup experienced last year during the short time that it took for the available spots to fill. This will also allow those who are not available due to work, travel, parenting, or other commitment an opportunity to secure a spot in the run.

Registration for the lottery will open on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 12:00:00 PM and close on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 11:59:59 AM. The lottery will take place shortly thereafter. The lottery will be conducted by UltraSignup. The final entry list will be posted later in the day on December 8, 2014 via email and the 50k UltraSignup entrants list.

Due to permitting restrictions, there is a limit to 150 runners, so 190 entries will be accepted through the lottery process. Only registered entries will be eligible for the lottery.

The USD $70 registration fee, shirt (if purchased), plus any applicable fees will be collected once your name is selected in the lottery.

Entries are non-refundable, non-transferable and no credits will be issued

Thank you to Mark and his team at Ultra Signup for their continued support in helping to ensure our registration process is as seamless as possible.

Please check out our website, Facebook page, and Ultra Signup page for the most up-to-date news.

Important Dates: Please mark your calendar:

Friday, December 5 at 12:00:00 PM - Lottery opens

Monday, December 8 at 11:59:59 AM - Lottery closes

Monday, December 8 from 12:00:00 to 5:00:00 PM - Lottery draw & Lottery results posted

Tuesday, December 9 - Start your training for April 11.

Best of luck to everyone!
Wendy Montgomery
Race Director
Diez Vista 50k Trail Run

2 April, 2014

Racer Update

Check-In Time Change - Due to locked gate access to Belcarra Regional Park (Sasamat Lake), the race committee is pushing the check-in time 15 minutes later. Racers can check in to receive race numbers starting from 6:15 and as late as 7:15 am on race morning.

14 March, 2014

New Course Map

We are excited to reveal our new course map, designed by Steve Chapman of www.mapmakers.ca. Check it out!

5 March, 2014

One Month To Go!

Permits are in place; volunteers are coordinated; local runners are scouting the course; final details are being worked out.

RACERS - Have a look on the Race Details page to make sure you know everything you need to know for race day. Make sure that you know where the start line is. Study the metro-vancouver map link and upload your GPS now so there is no confusion on race morning (it HAS happened!)

Be prepared for any kind of weather and trail conditions. There has been snow on the route on race day in the past. There are always downed trees to negotiate. The Vistas trail is steep and slippery. This is a rugged, west coast trail run so do not expect groomed conditions.

See you in a month!

28 February, 2014

Refuel After the Run

The Burrard Public House is offering a 20% discount to all Diez Vista runners and volunteers starting at 4 pm on race day. The Burrard is located at 2414 St Johns St, Port Moody. Great food, a great selection of beers and great community support!

20 January, 2014


The waitlisted runners were each invited by email to officially enter the race and now the waitlist has been dissolved. Waitlisted runners had to indicate their intention to run within 48 hours of receiving the invitation.

We now have our official starter list for this year’s race. 196 runners will toe the starting line. No new names will be added and there is no waitlist. You can view the list of entrants on Ultra Signup page.

16 December, 2013


The 2014 edition of the Diez Vista SOLD OUT in 77 minutes on December 4. 2013.

The waitlist also SOLD OUT and all registrations closed on December 15, 2013.

The next opportunity to register will be in early Decmeber 2014 for the April 4, 2015 race.

4 December, 2013

That Was Quick!

Registration opened on Ultra Signup at noon and 150 spots were all spoken for by 1:17 pm.  It took only 77 minutes for our little local grassroots trail run to fill up and still 33 more people are sitting on the waitlist! The DV Race Committee is so appreciative of the support we continue to get from our racers, our volunteers and the local community. Thank you once again for making it all worth while.

Unfortunately, race registration through Ultra Signup did not go as smoothly as we had hoped and we are looking into the glitches that racers faced in the heat of the moment. The web page got hung up for many people, especially during the credit card processing stage. The confirmation emails were slow to arrive, causing uncertainty. We have also heard of people getting double-charged because they re-registered after not receiving confirmation. We apologize for these issues and hope that all else will be smooth sailing for this year’s race.

Now get out there and train!

2 November, 2013

2014 Race Registration

As the days grow short and cool, it is time to start thinking about filling your calendar with races to run next year. We are already getting excited about next year's Diez Vista 50 km Trail Run. The race will take place on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Registration will open on Ultra Signup at NOON on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Will you be joining us this year??