Open/Masters - The Lower Mainland Cross Country season and YOU are welcome to take part!
Series Standings 2018:
Corrections to standings: email Jake Madderom
When entering races, please be sure to use the same name and club name each time, otherwise the rankings software will view you as two different people. i.e. Don't enter as Mike in one race and Michael in another.
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. 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 Jake Madderom to confirm your contact address at the conclusion of the series.
How the Series Works
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.
The age categories for males and females are: Youth (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 1, 2018 for Masters and age on December 31, 2018 for Youth, Junior and Open age divisions.
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.
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.
2018 Series Events
Race details & fees are subject to change so please check each race website or see individual entry form.
Race directors: Click here to find out how to format your results for posting on the BCA site.
1. Pinetree Classic — Saturday September 15, 2018
Mundy Park, Coquitlam
6km Women / 8km Men Open/Masters. Undulating mulch/gravel trails, grass with some blacktop. Not suitable for spikes.
Contact Race Director
Hosted by Phoenix Running Club
2. South Fraser Cross Country — Saturday September 22, 2018
Bear Creek Park, Surrey
5km Women / 8km Men Open/Masters. Undulating gravel trails, grass.
Contact: Stephen Terry
Hosted by South Fraser Athletic Club
3. Vancouver Spirit Run — Sunday September 23, 2018
Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver
10:00 am Open/Masters men (8k) and women (6k). 11:45 am age 16-17 (women 4k, men 5k).
Grass fields and bark mulch trails. Same course as used for the Canadian Cross Country Championships in the past.
Contact: Event Organizers
Hosted by Callaghan Valley Sport & Cultural Society
4. Festival of Cross Country — Saturday September 29, 2018
Crescent Park, South Surrey
9:00am Open/Masters Men & Women (7km); 10:00am Track Rascals 1km; 10:10am 2009 Boys and Girls 1.5km; 10:30am 2008 Boys and Girls 2km; 10:50am 2007 Boys and Girls 2km; 11:10am 2006 Boys and Girls 3km; 11:30am Grade 8-10 3km; 12:00pm Grades 8-12 Boys 5km and Girls (4km)
Grass fields and hard pack trails. Some rolling hills. Meet information package here.
Contact: Event Organizers
Hosted by Ocean Athletics
5. Frank Reynolds Memorial — Saturday October 13, 2018
Cates Park, North Vancouver
Walk-through 9 am, first race 9:30 am, Masters/Open 1:45 pm
Malcolm Lowery Trail with ocean vistas, grass, gravel trails and wooden bridges. Spikes not recommended.
Contact: Dawn Copping (race director) / Dag Rastad (entries).
Hosted by NorWesters
6. BC Championships — Saturday October 27, 2018
Clearbrook Park, Abbotsford
12:15 pm Junior Women 6k, Senior and Masters Women 8k
12:50 pm Junior, Senior & Masters Men 8k
Loops are on grass and trails. Spikes are suitable.
Hosted by Valley Royals T&F Club and BC Athletics
7. Fraser Valley Cross Country Ramble — Sunday November 18, 2018
Clearbrook Park, Abbotsford
10:00 am. All age groups welcome.
6.3k. 90% of course is on grass, 10% on crushed gravel, some rolling hills.
Contact: Phil Ellis 604-746-1338
Hosted by Peninsula Runners
8. Gunner Shaw Memorial — Saturday December 1, 2018
Jericho Park, Vancouver
A classic cross country course including sections of grass, trails, hills and sandy beach, with varying amounts of mud and water. 19 and under (5k), Open & Masters (10k). Post race hot showers, good food, and good company.
Contact: Mark Williams
Hosted by Lions Gate Road Runners
Previous year standings
2015 Club Challenge Winners, Douglas College