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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


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.

Sep 4 Walk in the Park 18k, 36k, 54k Kamloops, BC
Sep 4 Snowden Trail Challenge 50k, 25k, 14k Campbell River, BC
Sep 10 Finlayson Arm 50k, 25k and Kids 1.5k Victoria, BC
Sep 11 The Goose relay and 50K Ultra Victoria, BC
Sep 17 Frosty Mountain Ultra 50k, 27k, 13k Manning Park, BC
Sep 17 Pinetree Classic Coquitlam, BC
Sep 23 Golden Ultra Golden, BC
Sep 24 South Fraser Cross Country Surrey, BC
Sep 25 Mad Moose Marathon, Half & Ultra Prince George, BC
Sep 25 Vancouver Spirit Run Vancouver, BC
Aug 12 Fat Dog 120 Trail Race 120, 70, 50, 30, 20 Miles & Relay Manning Park, BC
Aug 6 Emporer's Challenge 20k Tumbler Ridge, BC
Aug 6 MEC North Vancouver Race FOUR: 5K, 10K North Vancouver, BC
Jul 10 Rocky Mountain Soap Women's 10k, 5k Burnaby, BC
Jul 9 XTERRA Victoria trail run 14k Victoria, BC
Jul 3 Blue Spruce Trail Run 10k Prince George, BC
Jun 18 Beat the Bugs 5k, 10k, Relay Prince George, BC
Jun 18 Paavo Nurmi Run 3k, 5k, 10k Burnaby, BC
Jun 12 Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Half Marathon Chetwynd, BC
Jun 11 MEC North Vancouver Race THREE: 15K, 55K Ultra West Vancouver, BC
Oct 29 BC Cross Country Championships Nanaimo, BC
Nov 5 BC High School XC Championships Peachland, BC
Nov 26 Canadian Cross Country Championship Kingston, ON
Mar 26 IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala,
Oct 28 BC Cross Country Championships TBD, BC
Nov 4 BC High School XC Championships TBD, BC
Sep 9 NCCP Road Running Instructor Course Victoria, BC
Sep 9 NCCP Sport Coach Course Brackendale (Squamish), BC
Sep 11 NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Course Victoria, BC
Sep 16 NCCP Sport Coach Course Maple Ridge, BC
Sep 17 NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Course Maple Ridge, BC
Sep 23 NCCP Club Coach Course South Surrey, BC
Sep 23 NCCP Sport Coach Course Vernon, BC
Sep 24 NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Course South Surrey, BC
Sep 24 NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Course Vernon, BC
Sep 30 NCCP Sport Coach Course Nanaimo, BC
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