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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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Lower Mainland XC Series 2014, first race September 20: Youth/Junior/Senior/Masters, Midgets/Junior Development

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

Oct 25 Hallows Eve Trail Race 10k, half & full marathon North Vancouver, BC
Oct 25 BC Cross Country Championships Abbotsford, BC
Oct 26 Kal Park Cross Country Vernon, BC
Nov 1 BC High School XC Championships Victoria, BC
Nov 2 Larry Nicholas Memorial Kelowna, BC
Nov 2 Tuff Kid XC Challenge #3 Vancouver, BC
Nov 9 Live it Up 8k Parksville, BC
Nov 11 Remembrance Day 8k Vancouver, BC
Nov 11 Harriers Thetis Lake 20K Relay Victoria, BC
Nov 15 The Phantom Run 12k, 19, 24k North Vancouver, BC
Oct 19 Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial Cross Country Salmon Arm, BC
Oct 18 Frank Reynolds Memorial North Vancouver, BC
Oct 5 Summerland Sweets Cross Country Summerland, BC
Oct 4 Festival of Cross Country South Surrey, BC
Oct 4 Crescent Park Cross Country South Surrey, BC
Sep 28 Campbell Mountain Trail Run Penticton, BC
Sep 28 Whistler Spirit Run Whistler Olympic Park, BC
Sep 27 South Fraser Cross Country Surrey, BC
Sep 27 The Q's Victoria Run Series 8k XC Victoria, BC
Sep 21 Trail River Run Half, 10k, 5k Port Coquitlam, BC
Oct 25 BC Cross Country Championships Abbotsford, BC
Nov 29 Canadian Cross Country Championships Vancouver, BC
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