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A fall 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.

5 weeks earlier this year on Saturday, November 3rd 2018 and now the first of our Thetis Lake trail series, with the Mile, Relay and Gunner Shaw on successive November weekends


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Registration fees

10 Mile Trail Run

Price will increase at intervals with a final bump for procrastinators on race day. NEW discount for our club members

    1. $30.00
      Jul 4 - Sep 1
    2. $35.00
      Sep 2 - Nov 1

5 Mile Trail Run

Price will increase at intervals with a final bump for procrastinators on race day. NEW discount for our club members

    1. $30.00
      Jul 4 - Sep 1
    2. $35.00
      Sep 2 - Nov 1

Fee Notes

  1. Online registration closes at 8pm on Thursday, November 1st, 2018.

  2. BC Athletics members are eligible for a $3.00 discount on entry fees.  You will be asked for your membership number during registration.  Join BC Athletics HERE.  To look up your membership number check HERE.

  3. Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club members are eligible for a substantial discount on all entry fees.  You will be asked for your membership number during registration, and can look it up HERE.

  4. There is an online processing fee applied to all payments online.  See Gary first for offline payments.

  5. Day-of-race registration is by cash or cheque only

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 seven 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
  • Sandy Auburn Environmental Studies Scholarship


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

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.


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, but participants are responsible for watching for directional indicators at all times.

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 until September 1st, 2018, increasing to $35 after and $40 on race day.  Substantial discount for PIH club members.  If you're not seeing it, stop and e-mail


Please pre-register Online, or by mail with a paper entry form.  Do it early for the best rates.  To avoid extra fees see Gary.  Note: Online registration will close at 8pm Thursday, November 1st, 2018 and you can edit your registration information until then.  In-person registration on Saturday is cash or cheque only.  Limit of 600 entries.

Package Pickup

Only on race day, Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. with a cutoff 15 minutes before each start, Thetis Lake, start/finish area on the main beach.

Stewart Mountain Challenge raven logo

Start Times

11:00 a.m. — early start for long course runners expecting to take over 2.5 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.


Washrooms, change rooms and port-a-potties at the start/finish area. Hot chocolate and coffee at the finish (save a disposable - bring your own cup or mug).  hopefully way more to be confirmed

Massage and Physio

5b3d061b4ea26.jpgNew this year will be Massage and Physiotherapy available for participants at the beach after their race. Provided by experienced and knowledgeable staff from Saanich Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic.

Event Schedule

  • September 1 11:59 PM PDT - Early price ends

  • November 1 8:00 PM PDT - On-line registration closes

  • November 3 10:00 AM PDT - Day-of registration opens

  • November 3 10:00 AM PDT - Bib pickup opens

  • November 3 11:00 AM PDT - 10-Mile race early start

  • November 3 11:30 AM PDT - 10-Mile race main start

  • November 3 12:00 PM PDT - 5-Mile race start

Contact Information

Event Location

Thetis Lake Regional Park, View Royal, BC, Canada

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