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.
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.
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.
Men's and Women's:
$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.
Friday, December 8, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., 2:18 Run, 1576 Fairfield Road, Victoria
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.
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.
After the race come to the Six Mile Pub just down the road to enjoy warmth, a FREE pint of local Driftwood beer, 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.
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:
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