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2013 Lower Mainland Cross Country Series

The Lower Mainland has a very busy Cross Country season
and YOU are welcome to take part!

Cross country racing - Eleanor Freeman photo

This season you can...

Tour the most scenic and storied courses in British Columbia ... Join beginning and elite level runners in friendly competition ... Discover a series with very active club participation ... Break away from measured 5k and 10k road events for the hill and dale of cross country ... Enjoy lower fees, minimal registration procedures, smaller fields and fewer distractions

More reasons to run Cross Country!

Real distance runners run XC... mud, hills, etc., running up (and over) and running down (and over), gasp, remember how to breathe and save some air for the finishing sprint ... Success in cross country will lead to success on the roads ... Running cross country will help lengthen your career as a runner

At the conclusion of the Lower Mainland XC Series nearly 3000 runners will have competed.

Cross country runners run cross country because they just plain love it. Join the long tradition of cross country running and enter all or part of the Lower Mainland Series!

If you have specific race questions please contact the indicated race directors or, for more general questions, leave a message for Roger Brownsey at 604-375-9055. Note that race results will be posted on the relevant race website soon after the event. Be sure to check this website for periodic updates on the aggregate series scores and for the final overall standings at the conclusion of the series. If you finish in the top five individuals in your age division, please contact Roger Brownsey to confirm your contact address at the conclusion of the series.


Special Invitation to the Canadian Nationals

All cross-country enthusiasts are invited to enter the Canadian National Cross Country Championships that will be held this year at Jericho Park in Vancouver on Saturday November 30. There are both National Championship events and a Public race. The 5km Public race starts at 9:00am and is open to athletes 9+. There is not a JD component to this year's race. This event is at the same location as the annual Gunner Shaw memorial race of the LMXC series, although the nationals will use a different course and start and finish line. The championship courses will be limited to youth and juniors (16-19), seniors (20-34) and masters (35+). It would be great to have a big contingent of BC runners in the Nationals — and to have the BC masters win the GAAT trophy that Ontario has won the last 6 years.

See BCA XC page (news section) for more details.


How the Series Works


David Dolsen photo

The Lower Mainland Cross Country Series provides an opportunity to compete in a number of cross country races throughout the fall/winter season. The Open/Masters Series consists of 8 races held from September to December. All races are sanctioned by BC Athletics.


Athletes will be scored on the best of five (5) race results in the Series. You must complete a minimum of 5 races. Ties will be broken based on performances in the BC Cross Country Championship event.

Points will be awarded based on your finishing position in your category (age/sex) as follows: 1st = 30 points, 2nd = 27 pts, 3rd = 25 pts, 4th = 23 pts, 5th = 21 pts, 6th to 25th each place drops 1 point.

Series Categories

The age categories for males and females are: Juvenile (16&17), Junior (18&19), two open age divisions (20-29 and 30-39) and four masters age divisions (40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+). For the purpose of the series your age division is based on your age on December 7, 2013 for Masters and age on December 31, 2013 for Juvenile, Junior and Open age divisions.

Series Awards

Prizes of gift certificates from area running stores will be awarded to the top three in each age division. If the number of participants warrants, awards may go 5 deep per age group.


Club Challenge

Score points for your club throughout the series. Each BCA member club's 8 best individual points will be scored from each race, and accumulated to determine the winner of the Series Club Challenge Trophy. No minimum club size.


2013 Series Events

Race details & fees are subject to change so please check each race website or see individual entry form. Basic fees shown are for BCA Members. Non-BCA members must ADD $3 to fees for race day insurance.

Race directors: Click here to find out how to format your results for posting on the BCA site.

1. Pinetree Classic — Saturday September 21, 2013

Mundy Park, Coquitlam
10:00 am.
5km Women / 8km Men Open/Masters. Undulating mulch, gravel and grass trails suitable for spikes.
Fees: Open/Masters $19 ($24 day of race). Non-BCA members add $3.
Contact Larry Lorette
Hosted by Phoenix Running Club
Results: on Phoenix website

2A. South Fraser Cross Country — Saturday September 28, 2013

Bear Creek Park, Surrey
10:30 am.
5k Women / 8k Men Open/Masters. Undulating gravel trails, grass.
Fees: $10. Non-BCA members add $3.
Contact: Zebe Piaseczny
Hosted by South Fraser Athletic Club

2B. Whistler Spirit Run — Sunday September 29, 2013

Whistler Olympic Park, Callaghan Valley, south of Whistler
11:00 am Open/Masters men (8k) and women (6k). 1:15 pm age 16-17 (women 4k, men 5k).
Trails include gravel and bark mulch. NO spikes.
Fees: Open/Masters $16. Non-BCA members add $3.
Contact: Peter Diemer
Hosted by Callaghan Valley Sport & Cultural Society
Results: On event site

3. Crescent Park — Saturday October 5, 2013

Crescent Park, White Rock/South Surrey (lower picnic area off Crescent Road)
9:00 am.
8km Junior/Open/Masters. Mostly packed dirt well-marked trails with grass sections.
Fees: Open/Masters $10. Non-BCA members add $3. Large medal to all finishers.
Contact: Greg Anslow
Hosted by Semiahmoo Sunrunners
If you are wishing to register JD athletes (6-17) please see or JD Series page.

4. Frank Reynolds Memorial — Saturday October 19, 2013

Cates Park, North Vancouver
Walk-through 9 am, first race 9:30 am, Masters/Open 2:30 pm
Malcolm Lowery Trail with ocean vistas, grass, gravel trails and wooden bridges. Spikes not recommended.
Fees: $15 (age 15+). $5 discount if entered by Oct 11. Non-BCA members add $3.
Contact: Dawn Copping (race director) / Dag Rastad (entries).
Hosted by NorWesters

5. BC Championships — Saturday October 26, 2013

Clearbrook Park, Abbotsford
10:45 am (Masters 8k), 2:30 pm (Sr women 6k), 3:00 pm (Sr men 10k)
Loops are on grass and trails. Spikes are suitable.
Fees: 17&U: $7 by Oct 21, $12 Oct 22-23. 18+: $12 by Oct 21, $17 Oct 22-23. Non-BCA members add $3. NO ENTRIES accepted after Oct 23.
Contact Jason Swan
Hosted by Valley Royals and BC Athletics

6. Remembrance Day — Monday November 11, 2013

Brockton Oval, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Masters 35+ 8k: 11:01 am. Open 8k: 11:11 am.
Park trails through the forest.
Fees: TBD. Non-BCA members add $3.
Contact Darcie Montgomery
Hosted by Hershey Harriers

7. Fraser Valley Cross Country Ramble — Sunday November 17, 2013

Clearbrook Park, Abbotsford
9:30 am. All age groups welcome.
6.3k. 90% of course is on grass, 10% on crushed gravel, some rolling hills.
Fees: $5 in store by November 15. Day of race add $5. Non-BCA members add $3.
Contact: Phil Ellis 604-746-1338
Hosted by Peninsula Runners

8. Gunner Shaw Memorial — Saturday December 7, 2013

Jericho Park, Vancouver
11:00 am
Spike-friendly grass, beach, muddy trails and puddles. 19 and under (5k), Open & Masters (10k). Post race showers & refreshments.
Fees: $15 Open and Masters, $10 for 19&Under and 65+. Non-BCA members add $3.
Contact Roger Brownsey
Hosted by Lions Gate Road Runners