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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.


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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

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.

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 2.5 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.


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.


Please pre-register Online, or by mail with a paper entry form. Do it early for the best rates.  Substantial discount to our club members.  Note: Online registration will close at 8pm Thursday, November 1st, 2018. In-person registration on 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 until September 1st, 2018.  Substantial discount for PIH club members.  If you're not seeing it, stop and e-mail

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

Package Pickup

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.

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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

New 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.5b3d061b4ea26.jpg

Event Schedule

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

  • November 3 10:00 AM PDT - Day-of package pickup & registration

  • 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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