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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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Sep 6 Walk in the Park 18k, 36k, 54k Kamloops, BC
Sep 6 Snowden Trail Challenge 50k, 25k, 14k Campbell River, BC
Sep 12 Finlayson Arm 50k, 25k and Kids 1.5k Victoria, BC
Sep 13 Vancouver Spirit Run Vancouver, BC
Sep 18 Golden Ultra Golden, BC
Sep 19 Pinetree Classic Coquitlam, BC
Sep 19 Frosty Mountain Ultra 50k, 27k, 13k Manning Park, BC
Sep 19 Christie-Phoenix Insurance Victoria Run Series Victoria, BC
Sep 26 South Fraser Cross Country Surrey, BC
Sep 27 Campbell Mountain Trail Run Penticton, BC
Aug 14 Fat Dog 120 Trail Race 120, 70, 50, 30, 20 Miles & Relay Manning Park, BC
Aug 8 Emporer's Challenge 20k Tumbler Ridge, BC
Jul 12 Rocky Mountain Soap Women's 10k, 5k Burnaby, BC
Jul 5 Blue Spruce Trail Run 10k Prince George, BC
Jun 27 Tenderfoot Boogie 50 mile, 50k, 28k, 13k Squamish to Whistler, BC
Jun 20 Paavo Nurmi Run 3k, 5k, 10k Burnaby, BC
Jun 20 Beat the Bugs 5k, 10k, Relay Prince George, BC
May 31 MEC North Vancouver Race Three: Seek the Creek 5k/10k/16k North Vancouver, BC
May 24 Iron Knee 24k, Tender Knee 10k North Vancouver, BC
May 9 Harriers 2:18Run Elk/Beaver Ultras Victoria, BC
Oct 24 BC Cross Country Championships Nanaimo, BC
Nov 28 Canadian Cross Country Championships Kingston, ON
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