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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.

Nov 17 The Phantom Run 12k, 19k, 24k North Vancouver, BC
Nov 18 Fraser Valley XC Ramble Abbotsford, BC
Nov 24 Canadian Cross Country Championships Kingston, ON
Nov 24 Harriers Gunner Shaw Cross Country Victoria, BC
Dec 1 Gunner Shaw Memorial Cross Country 10k, 5k Vancouver, BC
May 11 Harriers 2:18 Run Elk/Beaver Ultras Victoria, BC
Aug 9 Fat Dog 120 Trail Race 120, 70, 50, 40 Miles & Relay Manning Park, BC
Aug 24 Black Spur Ultra 108k, 54k, Relay Kimberley, BC
Sep 7 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge Coquitlam, BC
Sep 21 Frosty Mountain Ultra 50k, 27k, 13k Manning Park, BC
Oct 6 MEC Vancouver Trail Race SIX 5K/10K Belcarra, BC
Sep 15 Frosty Mountain Ultra 50k, 27k, 13k Manning Park, BC
Sep 1 Handloggers Half Marathon & Relay Bowen Island, BC
Aug 26 MEC Victoria Race FOUR 5K/10K/15K Sooke, BC
Jun 3 MEC Vancouver Trail Race THREE 15K/55K West Vancouver, BC
May 26 Iron Knee 24k, Tender Knee 10k North Vancouver, BC
May 12 Harriers 2:18Run Elk/Beaver Ultras Victoria, BC
Apr 8 MEC Vancouver Trail Race TWO 5K/9K Vancouver, BC
Mar 25 MEC Victoria Race TWO 5K/10K Victoria, BC
Mar 10 Dirty Duo 15k, 27k, 50k North Vancouver, BC
Nov 24 Canadian Cross Country Championships Kingston, ON
Oct 26 BC Cross Country Championships Saanich, BC
Nov 2 BC High School XC Championships BC
Nov 30 Canadian Cross Country Championships Abbotsford, BC
Oct 24 BC Cross Country Championships (LMXC #6) Saanich, BC
Nov 28 Canadian Cross Country Championships Abbotsford, BC
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