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

May 10 Harriers Elk/Beaver Ultras Victoria, BC
May 11 Tuff Kid XC Challenge Vancouver, BC
May 24 Loop the Lakes 8k, 15k, Half Marathon Squamish, BC
May 25 Iron Knee 24k, Tender Knee 10k North Vancouver, BC
Jun 14 Beat the Bugs Trail Race 5k, 10k, Relay (2 x 5k) Prince George, BC
Jun 21 Paavo Nurmi Run 3k, 5k, 10k Burnaby, BC
Jun 21 Skyline Ridge Run 10k, 21k Squamish, BC
Jun 22 Lynn Canyon Run-Off 6k, 12k, 24k North Vancouver, BC
Jun 28 Tenderfoot Boogie 50 mile, 50k, 28k, 13k Squamish to Whistler, BC
Jun 28 Scorched Sole Ultra Kelowna to Naramata, BC
Apr 13 Up The Creek 10k, 5k Port Coquitlam, BC
Apr 6 Run Fred Run 5k, 10k North Vancouver, BC
Apr 5 Diez Vista Trail Run 50K Port Moody, BC
Mar 8 Dirty Duo 15k, 25k, 50k North Vancouver, BC
Jan 1 Resolution Run 8K White Rock, BC
Oct 25 BC Cross Country Championships Abbotsford, BC
Nov 29 Canadian Cross Country Championships Vancouver, BC
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