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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.

Jan 1 THE Resolution Run 4k, 8k White Rock, BC
Feb 17 PanAm Cross Country Cup San Salvador, LL
Feb 17 MEC Vancouver Trail Race ONE 5K/10K Coquitlam, BC
Mar 25 MEC Victoria Race TWO 5K/10K Victoria, BC
Apr 8 MEC Vancouver Trail Race TWO 5K/9K Vancouver, BC
Jun 3 MEC Vancouver Trail Race THREE 15K/55K West Vancouver, BC
Jul 28 MEC Vancouver Trail Race FOUR 5K/10K Squamish, BC
Aug 12 MEC Kelowna Race THREE 5K/10K/Half Marathon Kelowna, BC
Aug 26 MEC Victoria Race FOUR 5K/10K/15K Sooke, BC
Aug 26 MEC Vancouver Trail Race FIVE 5K/10K Burnaby, BC
Dec 9 Harriers Stewart Mountain 10M/6M Cross Country Challenge Victoria, BC
Dec 2 Gunner Shaw Memorial Cross Country 10k, 5k Vancouver, BC
Nov 25 MEC Lower Mainland Trail Race SEVEN 5k, 10k Belcarra, BC
Nov 25 Harriers Gunner Shaw Cross Country Victoria, BC
Nov 19 Fraser Valley Cross Country Ramble Abbotsford, BC
Nov 18 The Phantom Run 12k, 19k, 24k North Vancouver, BC
Nov 11 Harriers Thetis Lake 20K Relay Victoria, BC
Oct 29 MEC Victoria Race FIVE 5k, 10k, Half Marathon Victoria, BC
Oct 29 Kal Park 9K Cross Country Vernon, BC
Oct 28 BC Cross Country Championships Abbotsford, BC
Feb 17 PanAm Cross Country Cup San Salvador, LL
Oct 27 BC Cross Country Championships Abbotsford, BC
Nov 24 Canadian Cross Country Championships Kingston, ON
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