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Cross-Country & Trail Running in British Columbia 


Cross country, trail and mountain running is the sport of running over unpaved, natural terrain. Traditional cross-country is run primarily on grass in parks or across open countryside, involving multiple laps of a relatively short distance. Trail races are more typically single loop, or point-to-point events. The paths are narrower, the footing rougher, and the hills steeper than might be experienced in traditional cross-country. Mountain races tend to feature more extreme forms of uphill and downhill running. They may be uphill only races, usually from the bottom to the top of a mountain; or they can include both uphill and downhill sections. Ultra trail running refers to distances beyond a marathon (42.2K), most commonly 50K, 50 miles, 100K, or 100 miles.

The short lap format of cross country makes it suitable for young children as well as older athletes, whereas trail and mountain races cater primarily to adults.


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3713 Kensington Ave 
Burnaby, BC V5B 0A7
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BC Cross Country Championships History, 1949 to present: if you can fill in any more of the missing data, please email Maurice Wilson.

Dec 10 Harriers Stewart Mountain 10M/6M Cross Country Challenge Victoria, BC
Mar 26 MEC Victoria Race TWO 5k, 10k Victoria, BC
Jun 24 Tenderfoot Boogie 50 mile, 50k, 28k, 13k Squamish to Whistler, BC
Aug 11 Fat Dog 120 Trail Race 120, 70, 50, 30, 20 Miles & Relay Manning Park, BC
Sep 8 Finlayson Arm 100k, 50k, 28k Victoria, BC
Sep 16 Frosty Mountain Ultra 50k, 27k, 13k Manning Park, BC
Sep 22 Golden Ultra Golden, BC
Sep 24 Vancouver Spirit Run Vancouver, BC
Oct 28 BC Cross Country Championships Abbotsford, BC
Oct 29 MEC Victoria Race FIVE 5k, 10k, Half Marathon Victoria, BC
Dec 3 Gunner Shaw Memorial Cross Country 10k, 5k Vancouver, BC
Nov 26 Harriers Gunner Shaw Cross Country Victoria, BC
Nov 20 Fraser Valley Cross Country Ramble Abbotsford, BC
Nov 19 The Phantom Run 12k, 19k, 24k North Vancouver, BC
Nov 11 Harriers Thetis Lake 20K Relay Victoria, BC
Nov 5 BC High School XC Championships Peachland, BC
Oct 30 Larry Nicholas Memorial Kelowna, BC
Oct 29 BC Cross Country Championships Nanaimo, BC
Oct 29 Hallows Eve Trail Race 10k, half & full marathon North Vancouver, BC
Oct 23 Kal Park Cross Country Vernon, BC
Mar 26 IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala,
Oct 28 BC Cross Country Championships Abbotsford, BC
Nov 4 BC High School XC Championships TBD, BC
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