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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



BC Cross Country Championships History, 1949 to present: if you can fill in any more of the missing data, please email Maurice Wilson.

Jul 27 Manning Park Trail Race Manning Park, BC
Jul 27 MEC Greater Vancouver Trail Race THREE 5k, 10k Squamish, BC
Jul 27 Elk Valley Ultra 50K & Relay Fernie, BC
Aug 9 Fat Dog 120 Trail Race 120, 70, 50, 40 Miles & Relay Manning Park, BC
Aug 11 MEC Kelowna Race TWO - Myra Bellevue: 5k, 10k Myra, BC
Aug 12 Train Race Repeat High School Cross Country Camp Kelowna, BC
Aug 22 BC Endurance Project High School XC Camp Whistler, BC
Aug 24 Black Spur Ultra 108k, 54k, Relay Kimberley, BC
Aug 25 Silver Lake XC Camp (Hosted by Okanagan Athletics Club) Peachland, BC
Sep 7 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge Coquitlam, BC
Jun 15 The Lone Wolf - Last Racer Standing Fernie, BC
May 25 Survival of the Fittest 35k, 18k Squamish, BC
May 25 Iron Knee 24k, Tender Knee 10k North Vancouver, BC
May 25 Crazy Soles Nipika Trail Run 25k, 10k, 5k Invermere, BC
May 25 Run for Water Trail 50k, 25k, 10k Abbotsford, BC
May 25 Hurt'n Bear Trail Race Prince George, BC
May 18 Giants Head Grind 5k Summerland, BC
May 11 Harriers 2:18 Run Elk/Beaver Ultras Victoria, BC
May 11 The Cumby 25k, 13k Cumberland, BC
May 5 Dirty Feet - Kal Park 50k, 25k, 8k Vernon, BC
Oct 26 BC Cross Country Championships Saanich, BC
Nov 2 BC High School XC Championships BC
Nov 30 Canadian Cross Country Championships Abbotsford, BC
Oct 24 BC Cross Country Championships (LMXC #6) Saanich, BC
Nov 28 Canadian Cross Country Championships Abbotsford, BC
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