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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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Suite 2001 B Oslo Landing 
3713 Kensington Ave 
Burnaby, BC V5B 0A7
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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.

Sep 25 Mad Moose Marathon, Half & Ultra Prince George, BC
Sep 25 Vancouver Spirit Run Vancouver, BC
Sep 25 Campbell Mountain 8K Penticton, BC
Oct 1 Festival of Cross Country South Surrey, BC
Oct 1 Crescent Park Cross Country South Surrey, BC
Oct 2 Summerland Sweets XC 7.4K & TriPower Kids 3.2K Summerland, BC
Oct 9 Loon Lake Race 13k, 7k Powell River, BC
Oct 15 Frank Reynolds Memorial Cross Country North Vancouver, BC
Oct 15 Around the Lake Give 'r Take 30k Cultus Lake, BC
Oct 16 Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial Cross Country Salmon Arm, BC
Sep 17 Pinetree Classic Coquitlam, BC
Sep 10 Finlayson Arm 50k, 25k and Kids 1.5k Victoria, BC
Sep 4 Walk in the Park 14k, 25k, 50k Kamloops, BC
Sep 4 Snowden Trail Challenge 50k, 25k, 14k Campbell River, 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
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 30 NCCP Sport Coach Course Nanaimo, BC
Oct 1 NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Course Nanaimo, BC
Oct 7 BC Youth Endurance Weekend Victoria, BC
Oct 14 NCCP Club Coach Course Victoria, BC
Oct 15 NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Course Victoria, BC
Oct 22 NCCP Make Ethical Decisions Course Burnaby, BC
Oct 23 FastTrack Evaluation Day Burnaby, BC
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