2017 Vancouver Trail Run Series Guide

Vancouver Trail Run Series Guide

Run fact! In a recent survey Vancouver area trail runners were found to wear more trucker hats per capita than in any other region of the world.

Anyway, chances are that you’re not reading this in order to get fun facts that will impress people in your pace group, you’re looking for a wrap up of some of the local trail runs happening in 2017 right? Good, let’s get to it.

Coast Mountain Trail Series

The CMTS crew hosts a series of challenging trail races in world class destinations around Vancouver’s North Shore and the Sea to Sky corridor.

Coast Mountain trail series

Number of runs in the series: 6

What are the races?

Total distance if you run the all the events: 75 km - 186 km, plus thousands of meters of elevation gain.

How many guilt free doughnuts can I eat if I run all of these races?

Start yourself with an 8 doughnut appetizer, then move on to a box of doughnuts shaped like a pizza… actually throw a pizza into the mix too on this one.

Do you get anything cool for completing the entire series?

If a male runner completes all the races a majestic beard will immediately spring forth on his face the moment that he crosses the finish line. Female runners will find that the skies momentarily open and trucker hats will rain down from the heavens.

MEC Vancouver Trail Race Series

This year the both the Langley and North Vancouver MEC stores have combined to offer multiple trail races all year long in various locations across the lower mainland.  

MEC Vancouver trail race series

Number of runs in the series: 7

What are the Races?

  • MEC Lower Mainland Trail Race ONE
  • MEC Lower Mainland Trail Race TWO
  • MEC Lower Mainland Trail Race THREE
  • MEC Lower Mainland Trail Race FOUR
  • MEC Lower Mainland Trail Race FIVE
  • MEC Lower Mainland Trail Race SIX
  • MEC Lower Mainland Trail Race SEVEN

Total distance if you run the all the events: 45 km - 126.1 km

Doughnut calculator says:

Chow down on 5 - 15 doughnuts without fear of reprisal! 

Do you get anything cool for completing the entire series?

MEC does offer a discounted season pass for their series of trail races, and usually has some sort of instore discount for participants. 

5 Peaks British Columbia Race Series

This Canada wide series of trail events started out in BC. They offer trail race events in a variety of locations from Vancouver to Whistler, most runs offer a sport and enduro distance option (6ish km - 13ish km).

5 peaks BC

Number of runs in the series: 6

What are the Races?

Total distance if you run the all the events: 47.6 km - 74.6 km

Doughnut calculator says:

After factoring in the elevation on these runs so we’re going to give you 6 - 12 sweet guilt free doughnuts

Do you get anything cool for completing the entire series?

5 Peaks does offers a season pass to their BC races, it comes with a special shirt! 

Foretrails

The Foretrails series of trail runs mostly happen on the North Shore of Vancouver!

Foretrails race series

Number of runs in the series: 4

What are the Races?

Total distance if you run the all the events: 50.5 km - 141.7 km

Doughnut count please

Elevation means bonus doughnuts! Our scientists calculate that you can stay fuelled with 8 - 20 sweet ringed pastries.

Do you get anything cool for completing the entire series?

Legs of steel? 

 

Want More Info?

Did we miss an important series? Let us know through the comments below! Or, if you’re looking for more races, check out our full calendar of Vancouver runs.

Published on Nov 26, 2015