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

Sep 21 Frosty Mountain Ultra 50k, 27k, 13k Manning Park, BC
Sep 21 South Fraser Cross Country (LMXC #2) Surrey, BC
Sep 22 Vancouver Spirit Run (LMXC #3) Vancouver, BC
Sep 22 Campbell Mountain 9K (IRA XC #1) Penticton, BC
Sep 27 Boundary Bay Cross Country Meet Delta, BC
Sep 28 Festival of Cross Country Surrey, BC
Sep 28 Vic Vikes Cross Country Invitational Saanich (Victoria / Beaver Lake), BC
Sep 29 Summerland Sweets XC 7.4K & TriPower Kids 3.2K (IRA XC #2) Summerland, BC
Oct 6 Reino Run 8K (IRA XC #3) Salmon Arm, BC
Oct 6 Wild One Run Kelowna, BC
Sep 1 Walk in the Park 14k, 25k & 50k Kamloops, BC
Jul 27 Elk Valley Ultra 50K & Relay Fernie, 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
Oct 26 BC Cross Country Championships Saanich, BC
Nov 2 BC High School XC Championships BC
Nov 30 Canadian Cross Country Championships Abbotsford, BC
Feb 29 Pan Am Cross Country Cup at Bear Mountain Victoria, BC
Oct 24 BC Cross Country Championships (LMXC #6) Saanich, BC
Nov 28 Canadian Cross Country Championships Abbotsford, BC
Oct 26 Mentorship: BC XC Championship Victoria, British Columbia
Nov 30 Mentorship: BC XC Championship Abbotsford, British Columbia
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