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We are excited to announce that the Trail Race will once again be point to point. Last year, we had a record number of registrants for the trail race and an awesome showing for the family run/walk. As this is the 10th Annual Fletcher's Challenge, it is our goal to make it bigger and better than last year. 

Please join us in making the Fletcher's Challenge event for 2017 the biggest and most fun ever. There is fun to be had for people of all ages.

The Fletcher's Challenge event is organized by Runners of Compassion and all money raised is put towards their mission of financially supporting kids to gain access to sports.

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Trail Race - This year the course is a 12km point-to-point race, and will again feature some of Nanaimo's best trails. This will be a timed event, and guaranteed fun. All participants must carry water during the race.

The course is reminiscent of previous Fletcher’s Challenge courses in both its difficulty and character. Winning times are expected to be in the ballpark of 1 hour, with the average runner taking closer to 2 hours to finish, and the back of the pack coming in under 3 hours. Runners will be rewarded for their efforts with stunning trails, and world class views.

PACKAGE PICKUP For Point to Point Trail Racers:

Race Day bib pickup for the trail race takes place between 8:30am - 9:20am at Westwood Lake. The bus transporting runners to the start leaves promptly at Westwood Lake at 9:30am. Don't miss the bus! And don't forget to bring water. All racers must carry water during the race.

As expected, the trail race for 2017 is now sold out!

6km Family Cookie Run/Walk - Gather up the kids, and come on out for the ever-popular cookie walk! This event is a blast for those of all ages. Entrants enjoy a single lap around Westwood Lake, and are treated to a cookie station along the way for some extra motivation. The main goal is to have fun.

The family run/walk will start from Westwood Lake at 10:00am.

Easter Egg Hunt - If the thrill of running around the lake and eating cookies is not enough to motivate your kids to participate, then how about the lure of the post-run Easter egg hunt?

There will be some excellent door prizes available from our sponsors, as well as awards for the top trail racer finishers in their age groups.



This running event memorializes Mr. Gavin Fletcher who died at too young an age. He was a well-known sports columnist, a member of ROC, a husband and father.

His family values were paramount but his love of good fun competition in sports was unequalled. It is with this intent that we fashion The Fletcher's Challenge, held each year on Good Friday open to both runners and walkers.

It is about participation, having fun and enjoying some physical activity with your family. A big draw is the cookie run for kids around Westwood Lake. However; cookies are not the exclusive domain of the kids, as all runners and walkers are treated to some pretty good home-baked treats after their run/walk!

Registration fees

Trail Race - 12km Short Course Closed

12km Short Course

  1. $35.00
    Feb 9 - Apr 13

6k Family Walk Closed

  1. $25.00
    Feb 9 - Apr 13

Fee Notes

1. Online registration closes at noon on April 13th, 2017 or when the registration cap is reached.

  • Note: The Trail Race sold out in 2016.  Please register early to guarantee your spot in this event.

2. FAMILY REGISTRATION is intended for 2 adults and up to 3 children.

3. A processing fee is applied to all online registrations into the Fletcher's Challenge Trail Race.

4. VISA, MC, Amex, and Discover Card accepted.

5. All funds payable in Canadian Dollars.

6. Your credit card statement will show a charge from Race Roster or Fast North Corp for your registration into this event.

Event Schedule

  • April 14 10:00 AM PDT - Race Start

Contact Information

Event Location

Westwood Lake, Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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