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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.


BC Amateur Athletics Association
Fortius Athlete Development Centre
Suite 2001 B Oslo Landing 
3713 Kensington Ave 
Burnaby, BC V5B 0A7
Tel 604.333.3550 - Fax 604.333.3551


BC Cross Country Championships History, 1949 to present: if you can fill in any more of the missing data, please email Maurice Wilson.

Aug 27 MEC Lower Mainland Trail Race FIVE 5k, 10k Burnaby, BC
Sep 3 Snowden Trail Challenge 50k, 25k, 14k Campbell River, BC
Sep 3 Walk in the Park 54k, 36, 18k Kamloops, BC
Sep 8 Finlayson Arm 100k, 50k, 28k Victoria, BC
Sep 9 Brigade Trail Run 50 miles, 19 miles Tulameen to Hope, BC
Sep 10 MEC Kelowna Race FOUR 5k, 10k Kelowna, BC
Sep 16 Frosty Mountain Ultra 50k, 27k, 13k Manning Park, BC
Sep 16 Pinetree Classic Coquitlam, BC
Sep 16 Thompson Rivers University XC Invitational Kamloops, BC
Sep 23 South Fraser Cross Country Surrey, BC
Aug 12 Emporer's Challenge 20k Tumbler Ridge, BC
Aug 11 Fat Dog 120 Trail Race 120, 70, 50, 40 Miles & Relay Manning Park, BC
Jul 30 MEC Kelowna Race THREE 5k, 10k Kelowna, BC
Jul 29 MEC Lower Mainland Trail Race FOUR 5k, 10k Squamish, BC
Jul 29 Elk Valley Ultra 50K & Relay Fernie, BC
Jul 9 Blue Spruce Trail Run 10k, 5k Price George, BC
Jul 2 King of the Castle Vertical Climb 5K Fernie, BC
Jun 17 Beat the Bugs 5k, 10k Prince George, BC
Jun 17 Paavo Nurmi Run 3k, 5k, 10k Burnaby, Bc
Jun 4 MEC Lower Mainland Trail Race THREE 15k, 55k West Vancouver, BC
Oct 28 BC Cross Country Championships Abbotsford, BC
Nov 4 BC High School XC Championships Vancouver, BC
Nov 25 Canadian Cross Country Championships Kingston, Ontario
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