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A winter challenge on character trails. Often muddy, wet and slippery. Two distances to choose from, with a classic climb to the summit of Stewart Mountain on the long course. Then come to the Six Mile post-race to warm up and enjoy complimentary snacks and a chance at draw prizes.  Included for racers and volunteers.  $5 for guests.


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Registration fees

10 Mile Trail Run - includes after party Closed

Registration closed
  • Price will increase at intervals with a final bump for procrastinators on race day

    1. $30.00
      Dec 10 – Oct 16
    2. $40.00
      Oct 17 – Nov 5
    3. $45.00
      Nov 6 – Dec 7

5 Mile Trail Run - includes after party Closed

Registration closed
  • Price will increase at intervals with a final bump for procrastinators on race day

    1. $30.00
      Dec 10 – Oct 16
    2. $40.00
      Oct 17 – Nov 5
    3. $45.00
      Nov 6 – Dec 7


Thetis Lake Park, Victoria, BC. Start and finish near main beach.

Park in the main lot at the end of Six Mile Road, or cycle the Galloping Goose trail and park at the beach.


The classic long course is approximately 10 Miles (16 Kilometres) and the shorter course approximately 5 Miles (8 Kilometres). This cross country event is sanctioned by BC Athletics.

Start Times

11:00 a.m. — early start for long course runners expecting to take over 2 hours. If you are new to the race, we suggest using your road half marathon time as a guide. Early starters who finish significantly ahead will be assessed penalty minutes and ineligible for awards.

11:30 a.m. — main start for the long course.

12:00 noon — start for the short course


Main and secondary trails of Thetis Lake Park featuring mud, rocks and water crossings over rolling terrain.  The long course also includes a significant climb to the top of Stewart Mountain.

The courses may change slighty each year to include interesting new trails (race day conditions permitting).  2014 Map pdf 

Courses will be well-marked and marshalled but participants are responsible for watching for directional indicators at all times.


Please pre-register Online, or by mail with a paper entry form (coming). Do it early for the best rates. Note: Online registration will close at 8pm Thursday, December 7, 2017. In-person registration during Package Pickup on Friday and Saturday is cash or cheque only. Limit of 600 entries.

Age Categories

Men's and Women's:

  • 19 and under
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60 and over

Entry Fee

$30.00 Early registration fee.

Price will later increase by date or quantity with a final bump for procrastinators on race day.

Entry fees now include the After Party.

Package Pickup

Friday, December 8, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., 2:18 Run, 1576 Fairfield Road, Victoria 2:18Run store logo

Saturday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. with a cutoff 15 minutes before each start, Thetis Lake, start/finish area.


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Limited Featured Shirt

A technical race shirt featuring the raven logo above will be presented to the first 150 who pick up their race package.


Port-a-potties at the start/finish area (but no change rooms). Hot chocolate and coffee at the finish (save a disposable - bring your own cup or mug). More warm food, draw prizes and beer available at the after party (see below).


Overall and age-group awards will be available for pickup at the beach after the race upon request, but full presentations will be made at the After Party.

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After Party

After the race come to the Six Mile Pub just down the road to enjoy warmth, complimentary snacks, award presentations, and a chance at draw prizes.  

Admission is included for runners and volunteers.  Guests are $5.00 per person at the door.

Harriers Foundation

All race proceeds will be directed to Harriers Foundation projects. To date the Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club has raised over $320,000 towards Foundation projects in Greater Victoria including six major scholarships and bursaries at UVic and Camosun College:

  • Gunner Shaw Athletic Bursary,
  • John Thipthorpe Computer Science Scholarship
  • Susan Reid Civil Engineering Bursary
  • Arthur Taylor Track and Field Award
  • Ken Smythe Cross Country Bursary
  • Rosamund Dashwood Fine Arts Scholarship

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Event Schedule

  • December 7 8:00 PM PST - On-line registration closes

  • December 8 3:30 PM PST - Friday package pickup & registration

  • December 9 10:00 AM PST - Day-of package pickup & registration

  • December 9 11:00 AM PST - 10-Mile race early start

  • December 9 11:30 AM PST - 10-Mile race main start

  • December 9 12:00 PM PST - 5-Mile race start

  • December 9 1:15 PM PST - After party at the Six Mile

Contact Information

Event Location

Thetis Lake Regional Park, View Royal, BC, Canada

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