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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 2015, first race September 13: 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.

Jun 11 MEC North Vancouver Race THREE: 15K, 55K Ultra West Vancouver, BC
Jun 12 Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Half Marathon Chetwynd, BC
Jun 18 Beat the Bugs 5k, 10k, Relay Prince George, BC
Jun 18 Paavo Nurmi Run 3k, 5k, 10k Burnaby, BC
Jun 25 Tenderfoot Boogie 50 mile, 50k, 28k, 13k Squamish to Whistler, BC
Jul 3 Blue Spruce Trail Run 10k Prince George, BC
Jul 9 XTERRA Victoria trail run 14k Victoria, BC
Jul 10 Rocky Mountain Soap Women's 10k, 5k Burnaby, BC
Jul 10 Mount Thompson Challenge 30k, 12k Creston, BC
Jul 24 Idaho Peak Mt Marathon & 10k Trail Run New Denver, BC
May 21 Iron Knee 24k, Tender Knee 10k North Vancouver, BC
May 15 MEC Langley Race TWO: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon Fort Langley, BC
May 14 Harriers Elk/Beaver Ultras Victoria, BC
Apr 10 MEC Vancouver Race THREE: 5K, 10K Coquitlam, BC
Apr 9 Diez Vista Trail Run 50K Port Moody, BC
Mar 13 MEC Vancouver Race TWO: 5K, 10K Vancouver, BC
Mar 5 Dirty Duo 15k, 25k, 50k North Vancouver, BC
Feb 27 MEC North Vancouver Race ONE: 5K, 10K North Vancouver, BC
Jan 1 Resolution Run 8K, 4K White Rock, BC
Oct 29 BC Cross Country Championships Nanaimo, BC
Nov 26 Canadian Cross Country Championship Kingston, ON
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