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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.

Jul 28 MEC Vancouver Trail Race FOUR 5K/10K Squamish, BC
Jul 28 Elk Valley Ultra 50K & Relay Fernie, BC
Aug 10 Fat Dog 120 Trail Race 120, 70, 50, 40 Miles & Relay Manning Park, BC
Aug 11 Emporer's Challenge 20k Tumbler Ridge, BC
Aug 12 MEC Kelowna Race THREE 5K/10K/Half Marathon Kelowna, BC
Aug 12 Hah Nic Na’ Aah Half Marathon Smithers, BC
Aug 24 Black Spur Ultra 108k, 54k, Relay Kimberley, BC
Aug 25 Snowden Trail Challenge 50k, 25k, 15k Campbell River, BC
Aug 26 MEC Victoria Race FOUR 5K/10K/15K Sooke, BC
Aug 26 MEC Vancouver Trail Race FIVE 5K/10K Burnaby, 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
Feb 17 MEC Vancouver Trail Race ONE 5K/10K North Vancouver, BC
Jan 1 THE Resolution Run 4k, 8k White Rock, BC
Oct 27 BC Cross Country Championships Abbotsford, BC
Nov 3 BC High School XC Championships Nanaimo, BC
Nov 24 Canadian Cross Country Championships Kingston, ON
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