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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.

Dec 5 Gunner Shaw Memorial Cross Country 10k, 5k Vancouver, BC
Dec 12 Harriers Stewart Mountain 10M/6M Cross Country Challenge Victoria, BC
Jan 1 Resolution Run 8K, 4K White Rock, BC
Mar 5 Pan American Cross Country Championships Caracas
Apr 9 Diez Vista Trail Run 50K Port Moody, BC
Jun 25 Tenderfoot Boogie 50 mile, 50k, 28k, 13k Squamish to Whistler, BC
Aug 6 Emporer's Challenge 20k Tumbler Ridge, BC
Aug 12 Fat Dog 120 Trail Race 120, 70, 50, 30, 20 Miles & Relay Manning Park, BC
Sep 17 Frosty Mountain Ultra 50k, 27k, 13k Manning Park, BC
Sep 23 Golden Ultra Golden, BC
Nov 28 Harriers Gunner Shaw Cross Country Victoria, BC
Nov 22 Fraser Valley Cross Country Ramble Abbotsford, BC
Nov 14 The Phantom Run 12k, 19, 24k North Vancouver, BC
Nov 1 Larry Nicholas Memorial Kelowna, BC
Oct 31 MEC North Vancouver Race Five Seek the Creek 5k, 10k, 16k North Vancouver, BC
Oct 25 Kal Park Cross Country Vernon, BC
Oct 24 Hallows Eve Trail Race 10k, half & full marathon North Vancouver, BC
Oct 24 BC Cross Country Championships Nanaimo, BC
Oct 17 Frank Reynolds Memorial North Vancouver, BC
Oct 17 Around the Lake Give 'r Take 30k Cultus Lake, BC
Mar 5 Pan American Cross Country Championships Caracas
Oct 29 BC Cross Country Championships Nanaimo, BC
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