Storm the Wall

Event Information

Embrace Tradition. Embrace the Spirit. Embrace the Storm.

Join us for one of UBC’s most iconic experiences! Participate as a competitive or just for fun team and complete the course as a relay, or challenge yourself to do the whole course on your own as an Iron Person. You will swim, sprint, bike, run, and Storm The Wall!

Key Dates

Event Date: Saturday March 21 to Tuesday March 24, 2020
Registration Deadlines
  • UBC Students/Faculty/Staff: Friday, March 13th, 2020
  • UBC Alumni Races: Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
  • Community Races: Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
Team Roster Submission Deadline:
  • Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
Manadatory Pre-Race Clinics
  • All Student/Faculty/Staff  Teams: Sunday, March 15th to Thursday, March 19th
  • UBC Alumni and Community Teams: Saturday, March 21st, 2020

2020 Event Details

Teams of 5 compete in this one-of-a-kind event. Each person competes in a different leg of the race before meeting to Storm the Wall together. Ironpeople complete all the legs of the race on their own and Storm the Wall with the help of one other person. Depending on the Team Structure you choose, there are slightly different swim and bike lengths.

Team Structure Swim Sprint Bike Run
Competitive Team 175m (7 lengths) 500m 3.5km (9 laps) 1.5km
Just For Fun Team 125m (5 lengths) 500m 2km (5 laps) 1.5km
Iron Persons 175m (7 lengths) 500m 3.5km (9 laps) 1.5km

The 2020 Storm the Wall route has not been finalized yet. This will be updated closer to the event date with a possible new route, but it's very likely that things will remain the same.

Ready to Register?

If you are ready to register your team for Storm the Wall collect the student ID number and email of your co-captain and head over to the Registration Page!

Storm the Wall Team Structure

As explained above, you will need, at minimum, a team of 5 individuals to compete on a Storm the Wall team. This event follows the standard Intramural Participation Structure format which is outlined below.

  • Note: You can have a 6th person on your roster who is an alternate. This is recommended for competitive teams teams who may advance to and there is a high likelihood of scheduling conflicts with team members.
CoRec Ratio

If you are competing as a CoRec team, you can have a maximum of two self-identified men on course (i.e. doing the swim, sprint, bike, and run). The 5th person, who is the wall person, can be of any gender.


Divisional (AUS, EUS, VAN, TOT, etc) teams are permitted one import on their roster. All imports must be current student, staff or faculty.

  • **Please note: All Staff and Faculty members are considered an import on a student team (Ex. Arts student team, an Arts Staff would be an import)
Iron People

Iron people complete all legs of the race on their own and then, depending on the category of iron person, have the assistance of one or no people at the wall. The only difference between each of the categories is the assistance at the wall - the route remains the same for all iron people.

  • Ironpersons complete all legs of the race by themselves and get the help of one person at the bottom of the wall to get them over.
  • Ultra Ironpersons complete all legs of the race by themselves and get the help of one person at the top of the wall to help get them over.
  • Iron Legends complete all legs of the race by themselves and climb the wall unassisted.

When you are registering a team for UBC Recreation Intramurals Leagues or Events, there are a number of different participation options for your team based on the composition of your team in terms of skill level, gender identity and expression, and your campus community affiliations. If you are unsure of what to register for, follow these three steps prior to registering your team.

Competitive vs. Just For Fun

The first decision that you’ll have to make is whether your team wants to be a competitive team, recreational team or a just for fun team.

Competitive Teams

Competitive teams are eligible for advancements, finals, and ultimately the winning of a championship shirt! In Intramural Leagues, there are also multiple tiers within each team structure which are outlined below in the Leagues Tier Explanation step.

If your team wants to compete as a competitive team, continue down this page to decide on the different team structure options for you to compete in.

Recreational Teams

Recreational teams are similar in all aspects to Competitive teams, just at a lower intensity and skill level.  Teams in this category still compete for championships in playoffs, and all games are officiated.

Just For Fun Teams

If you’re here to try something new, or you just want to have fun outside of a competitive atmosphere, the Just For Fun category could be right for you! Please note that these teams do not qualify for advancements or championships, and in leagues they are not officiated.

If your team wants to participate as a Just For Fun Team then you can skip over the Team Structure and Tier Explanations, and jump to UBC Community Affiliations. In the Just For Fun category, team gender requirements are not applicable.

Competitive/Recreational Team Categories

UBC strives to build a respectful and welcoming environment for all participants to enhance well-being, participation and a sense of community on campus through opportunities in Athletics and Recreation. We, acknowledge gender identity and gender expression as a spectrum. If you have further questions about our competitive team categories, please visit our Building a Respectful and Welcoming Environment in Recreation page.

If your team wants to compete on a competitive team you have three different team categories to choose from: Open; Women’s, Two-Spirit, Trans, & Gender Non-Conforming; and CoRec. We encourage individuals to self-select where they feel they belong within the participation structure. UBC Recreation welcomes all our participants and we want to encourage participation for all.

Open Category

Men, Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes all individuals to participate regardless of gender.

Women’s (W2STGN) Category

Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes participation by those who self-identify as women, two-spirit, trans and gender non-conforming.

Mixed (CoRec) Category

Men, Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes all individuals to participate regardless of gender; however, teams must adhere to a maximum number of self-identified men. Please refer to specific programs under the “Event Overview” or “League Overview” tab for additional information.

Once you have selected your team category

If you are registering for an Intramural League, move on to Leagues Tier Explanations to choose the Tier that best suits your team’s skill level in the respective sport.
If you are registering for an Intramural Event, please skip Leagues Tier Explanations and jump to UBC Community Affiliations to decide if your team will compete for a specific UBC Community or in the Campus Wide Division.

UBC Community Affiliations

Regardless of whether you’re competing in a competitive or just for fun team you have the ability to compete as a Campus Wide team or a Divisional team and represent your affiliated UBC Community Unit.

Divisional Teams

What is a Divisional Team?

If your team is made up of individuals from a single UBC Community Unit – faculty or residence – you qualify to compete as a Divisional team. For a list of all Divisions and Units, visit the Unit Rankings by Division page.

For Divisional Teams, each team is allowed one “import”, an individual on your roster who is not from your declared unit.

Why compete as a Divisional Team?

Throughout the year we keep track of the participation and performance of teams that qualify in Divisional Units. Typically, teams are comprised of members entirely from a single faculty, department, or residence. At the end of the year at the Hall of Fame event, awards are handed out for each Division based on their unit’s participation.

In addition, Divisional competitive teams compete separately from Campus Wide teams in Day of the LongBoat and Storm The Wall, and in all Intramural Leagues. There are entirely separate championship awards for Divisional teams. For more information, visit the Earl Awards and Unit Points page.

Campus Wide Teams

The Campus Wide division does not have any restrictions on units.


We're always looking for volunteers to help make this event a success! You'll have a blast with our staff, get a complimentary volunteer shirt, and we'll provide you with food throughout your shift. Opportunities are available at registration, timing, and on race route. Sign up by filling out our volunteer form.

Have Further Questions?

At UBC Recreation we aspire to include everyone in our programs and facilities. But you may have questions or concerns about if this event is right for you. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our event team at or call 604-822-9052.

Registering My Team

How many people can we have on our team?

You can have 5 people competing in the race. However, you are allowed to have 6 people on your roster in case of substitutions during advancement heats.

What is the CoRec ratio?

If you are competing as a CoRec team, you can have a maximum of two self-identified men on course (i.e. doing the swim, sprint, bike, and run). The 5th person, who is the wall person, can be of any gender.

Can I be on more than one team?

Yes you can be on more than one team, but there are some restrictions. You can be on a maximum of one competitive CoRec team, and one non-CoRec team. You can be on any number of Just for Fun teams!

Getting Ready to Race

How do I submit my team’s roster?

Your team captain will receive an email containing all the detailed information on how to submit your team’s roster after the registration deadline. This email will provide you with a Team Access Code and Team ID. Once you have that information you can visit the Roster Portal and use the Team Access Code and Team ID to submit your roster.

Can I change my heat time?

Due to the large number of teams, we may not be able to change your heat time. However, you can request a heat change and we will do our best to accommodate you. Due to the nature of the event, we are unable to adjust advancement heat times. Send an email to with your team name, captain's name, and your original heat time and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

I don’t have a bike, what do I do?

We have a limited number of bikes and helmets that we rent out free-of-charge. Email with your name, student number, email, team name, and the date and time of your race. Send this email as soon as possible in order to guarantee that we have a bike for you! You can also rent a bike from More Bikes (located in the Wesbrook Village) for a fee.

How do you get over the wall?

There are many different techniques, all of which you can learn when you go to your Storm the Wall clinic!

What is a Storm the Wall Clinic?

Storm the Wall Clinics are sessions that provide all the information on how the race works and assist you in ensuring that your team knows what to do on race day. They also include a practical session where you can learn the safe technique and practice going over the wall. During clinic days, sessions run every half an hour from 9:00am-4:00pm. At the time of registration, you'll register for a clinic before registering for your race heat time.


How does my team advance?

Advancements are based on the first team in each heat, with some advancements based on time.

Where do I find the advancement information for my team?

Advancements will be posted on our Heat Schedule and Results page by 9:00pm each night. Please check back regularly to see if your team has advanced.

Do we have to compete in our advancement heat?

No, you do not. However, if you do not wish to compete in your advancement heat, please send an email to and let us know that you will not be attending your race so we can provide the opportunity to another team.