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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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Oct 17 Frank Reynolds Memorial North Vancouver, BC
Oct 17 Around the Lake Give 'r Take 30k Cultus Lake, BC
Oct 18 Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial Cross Country Salmon Arm, BC
Oct 24 Hallows Eve Trail Race 10k, half & full marathon North Vancouver, BC
Oct 24 BC Cross Country Championships Nanaimo, BC
Oct 25 Kal Park Cross Country Vernon, BC
Oct 25 Joe Kelly Memorial Run Prince George, BC
Oct 31 MEC North Vancouver Race Five Seek the Creek 5k, 10k, 16k North Vancouver, BC
Nov 1 Larry Nicholas Memorial Kelowna, BC
Nov 7 Tower Tear One Mile Time Trial Victoria, BC
Oct 4 Summerland Sweets Cross Country Summerland, BC
Oct 3 Festival of Cross Country South Surrey, BC
Oct 3 Crescent Park Cross Country South Surrey, BC
Sep 27 Campbell Mountain Trail Run Penticton, BC
Sep 27 Mad Moose Marathon, Half & Ultra Prince George, BC
Sep 27 Loon Lake Race 13k, 7k Powell River, BC
Sep 26 South Fraser Cross Country Surrey, BC
Sep 19 Pinetree Classic Coquitlam, BC
Sep 19 Christie-Phoenix Insurance Victoria Run Series Victoria, BC
Sep 18 Golden Ultra Golden, BC
Oct 24 BC Cross Country Championships Nanaimo, BC
Nov 7 BC High School XC Championships Vancouver, BC
Nov 28 Canadian Cross Country Championships Kingston, ON
Mar 5 Pan American Cross Country Championships Caracas
Oct 29 BC Cross Country Championships Nanaimo, BC
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