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3 Events - 6 Weeks. (It's a Port Alberni version of a Triathlon; we make it hard and....easy at the same time!)


Here is what to expect:

All-out foot races begin at the Harbour Quay E&N Railway Train Station, home of Port Alberni's Iconic 1929 No. 7 Baldwin Steam Train.

This event started it all! Known on its own as the No. 7 Challenge, "Sprint" runners will race the train on a 10K journey from our bustling waterfront, through town, through Catalyst Paper Mill (about 1km in total) and out to the McLean Mill National Historic Site - Canada's only  *operational Steam Powered Mill. Both the Challenge and Iconic races will also start at the Train Station and new for 2018 they too will end at the National Historic Site. Our Smolt Run will take place at Harbour Quay and it will include a ride on the Train out to the Site where all the fun will be. The Challenge race will head out past the McLean Mill going over to Beaver Creek Road where it will then turn left and wind its way along some residential areas before getting back to the McLean Mill. The Iconic Run will do the same except those runners will turn right on Beaver Creek and work their way up to Stamp River Provincial Park which is in the opinion of many - the most beautiful spot on Vancouver Island. Runners will go along the waterfront, will have the opportunity to see the fish migrating as this run occurs during the early days of the Sockeye returns. From there they'll head through some trails do a few hills and get back out to Beaver Creek Road working their way again through many local residential areas before getting back to the McLean Mill National Historic Site

Remember, this is CANADA DAY! We're going to include some fantastic things for all! Like how about a beer/burger just to make things feel a bit better after a long run! Car show? Steam Up event? Music? Bands? Oh and don't forget to look out for the Canada Day Parade Floats as they come toward you on Stamp Avenue! (Sprint/Challenge runs only) 

8:00am Sunday, July, 1, 2018 CANADA DAY

Sign up for all three by clicking REGISTER FOR SERIES!

The Tri-Conic Challenge was an initiative of the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce that was supported by Canada 150 as a Feature Event aimed at celebrating Canada's Heritage. The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce extends its thanks to Canada 150 for believing in our vision so that we could bring this incredible event to the Alberni Valley. 

Registration fees

Smolts Closed

500m includes train pass

  1. $30.00
    Jul 27 - Jun 29

Sprints Closed

10K. Starts at E&N Train Station in Port Alberni. Winds through town up through Cherry Creek and ending at the McLean Mill National Historic Site. Transportation back will be provided with early registrants having best chance of returning by train. Others will return by bus or other transportation options. Family activities at the McLean Mill will be significant. Plan to stay for a while.

  1. $60.00
    Jul 27 - Jun 29

Additional Event Info


Train Station - 3100 Kingsway Ave, Port Alberni

  • Sunday, July 1, 2018 7:00am - 9:00am

Schedule of Events

Sunday, July 1, 2018

  • Registration will open at 7:00am at the Train Station. 
  • Iconic Run (Marathon) starts at 8:00am from the Train Station.
  • The Marathon route will include pavement and trails and will not include any level of road closures. Run will start at the Train Station and end at the McLean Mill National Historic Site
  • Smolts kids race will be at 9:00am
  • Smolts also get a FREE Train Pass included with their registration. 
  • Half Marathon and 10km runners your race starts at 10:00 so you will be able to watch you kids race before you do!
  • Half Marathon is all on road networks
  • Full Marathon will have some trails ~ 2km
  • All runners will be treated to many events at the McLean Mill National Historic Site including FREE Burger/Beer for all (of age)
  • Tours of the site included as well as music, car show and other events.
  • This will be a STEAM-UP Weekend thus expect to marvel at the many historical Steam Products.
  • All registrants will receive a Transportation Pass for the return trip to Port Alberni. 
  • Buses will begin return trips starting at 12:00nn and run hourly through to 4:00pm
  • The train with a capacity of ~ 185will leave at 1:00pm and again at 4:00pm. 
  • Prizes and ceremony will begin at 1:00pm 

Event Schedule

  • May 27 8:00 AM PDT - Bike Events

  • July 1 8:00 AM PDT - Running Events

  • July 8 9:00 AM PDT - Swim Events

Contact Information

Event Location

Alberni Pacific Railway, E&N Train Station, Kingsway Avenue, Port Alberni, BC, Canada

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